What does the Bible say about breast implants?

What does the Bible say about breast implants? There is only one verse, it’s found in Genesis 18:13, the Bible says:

Sarah departed for a season of time and upon her return, Abraham had found that what once had been as apples was now as melons. Genesis 18:13 NDKV

And the guys said, “Amen!”   If you’re not laughing, it means you need to read your Bible more! This is not a real verse, the NDKV stands for the New Darrell Koop Version!  This verse is just made up.

What does the Bible really say about breast implants? It does not say anything, because that obviously was not a surgery at the time the Bible was written. This is a sensitive subject, because some of you have had this surgery and others know someone who has.  Let’s broaden this from breast implants to any type of body-altering surgery such as hair implants, a nose job, liposuction, face lift, but lift, lip enlargement or Botox.

In Christian circles, there are two extremes. There are those who say any kind of body-altering is wrong. If you think that, you better not get braces and you better not get your ear pierced.  On the other hand, there are people who say, “As long as it’s safe, you might as well do it and just do it freely!” That’s not right either. So what I will do is I will give you my opinion on why I believe it would right at times and wrong at others.

When would body-altering surgery be wrong? I’ll give you two times in my opinion. One is when you are trying to find your security in your appearance, rather than in who you are in Christ. If you feel like you have to have something different to be special, to feel beautiful, to feel of worth; then I feel that you really need to get to know who you are in Christ, because it’s who you are on the inside that matters infinitely more than what you look on the outside.

Secondly, I feel this surgery is not appropriate if you are using your body to attract inappropriate attention.   If you got that surgery and everywhere you go, you are showing them to everybody. Biblically that is wrong. If it’s between you and your husband enjoy all you want, but cover them up in public. The Bible speaks about dressing modestly.  Cover yourself up, don’t cause others to lust or stumble, honor the temple of the Holy Spirit by covering it.  This is a Biblical principle and it’s one that many people need to hear and to live.

Proverbs 31:30 says:  Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Rather than a woman who has had $30,000 worth of surgery, a woman who truly fears and is in love with her Savior; that is a woman of value, one who knows Christ, that is a truly beautiful woman.

When would body-altering surgery be right? I would say if you are doing some kind of restoration unquestionably, a burn victim, someone with a deformity.  This is where I would include braces.  Perhaps you need to have something done for medical reasons, a reduction because your back hurts, for a mastectomy or if you make a prayerful decision with those around you. My stance is that God is going to look at the motive. The LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. 1 Chronicles 28:9

It is not wrong to try to present yourself in the best light, but if you are trying to find yourself worth and your security in your appearance, then you that you are fighting a losing battle. Gravity and time will always win no matter what you do.


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Lead Pastor of Upwards Church: Leander & Jarrell, TX
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9 Responses to What does the Bible say about breast implants?

  1. Vince says:

    NDKV! ROTFL… Darrell definitely doesn’t have the spiritual gift of boring… Hysterical 🙂

  2. Cory J Spencer says:

    Good point of view. I only have one concern. When you mention if it is for you and your husband enjoy them but keep them under cover. This sort if contradicts what you say about finding your confidence in God. It seems that the man in the relationship who wanted his wife to have a breast job is not glorifying God first as God gave him the gift of his wife. To glorify God the husband would find delight and joy in the way God naturally formed his wife and not wish to alter the design.

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  4. Mary says:

    My name is Mary and I’m 21 years old. My body started to develop at 11 years old. But suddenly, at 13, it stopped. My breasts are underdeveloped and I have been bullied for several years. I feel very bad about my body, I cannot get naked in front of my husband.. because I feel so unattractive. I have tried to accept my breasts and see them as beautiful, but I simply can’t. I have cried many nights because I never felt feminine. So please, I am seriously considering breast augmentation. Is it sinful? I really want them for my self-esteem.
    Please, I would really appreciate your help!
    Love, Mary

    • dkoop says:

      Mary, I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles. It saddens me that people would bully you. They do not know what they are talking about. I’m sure your husband loves you for you and God does too. You are beautiful. I don’t think breast augmentation is sinful. Like braces to straighten teeth or surgery for a deviated septum (nose) to breath better, it may be a procedure that may be helpful especially if you and your husband agree. Thanks for your honesty. I’m praying for you today. Darrell

    • Danielle Stewart says:

      I realize that this comment was from over 5 years ago, but if I may speak to your comment, I hope to be helpful. I felt insecure as well, after having our second child 6 years ago. My husband never made comments to make me feel like he needed me to enlarge my breasts, but I felt way too insecure. After having them augmented, I am very remorseful. I have asked God to forgive me many times. I miss having my natural breasts, even though I called them “pancakes” at times. It was the way God made me to be after having children, and I truly would take away that decision if I could. I hope this finds you well, Danielle S.

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