Piercings: God Referenced Them As Symbols Of Beauty – Pastor

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By Rhoda krah

Facial piercing is a form of body modification. It is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewelry is worn.

Facial piercings include the eyebrows, anti-eyebrows, labret, Monroe, Medusa, dimples, nostrils (commonly referred to as just nose piercing), septum, bridge, tragus, oral, Frenulum, ear piercing and others.

Facial piercings has become a common practice among the youth. According to Valuate Report, people interested in piercings are in their teens (about 14% are under 18), and get most of them pierced when they are in their twenties. The second largest group is those between 30 and 39 at 26%.

Facial piercing is done by using piercing gun. Some are, however done using copper earrings, body spray and others. The piercer likely use forceps to insert the base of the anchor into the hole. They will then push the jewelry in until it is completely situated under the surface of the skin. Once the anchor is set, the piercer will then screw the jewelry earring on top.

Piercings can be a great way to express yourself and show off your unique style. They can also be a form of self-confidence and empowerment. Piercings can be a form of body art and a way to enhance your natural features. They can draw attention to certain areas and highlight your personal aesthetic. They can also be a way to feel connected to a certain culture or community.

They can hold cultural or symbolic meanings that resonate with you personally.

Piercings have become quite mainstream and widely accepted. Many people embrace piercings as a form of self-expression and fashion statement. Society has become more open-minded and understanding towards different styles and body modifications

Priscilla A. K.

However, there are different perceptions about the practice of facial piercings. Some people consider people with facial piercings as unholy, prostitutes or rebellious people.

Priscilla A. K., a level 300 journalism student at African University College of Communications (AUCC) says she was inspired into getting piercings.

“Growing up I just admired piercing, so I had my first piercings in SHS 2, As at now, I have eight – outer conch, tongue, septum, navel, two upper lobe, two standard lobe, and nose piercings.”

Facial piercings, when not well kept well especially in the healing stages, can cause infections like localized cellulitis, keloid, tetanus, sores etc.

“Although I had all my piercings done by a professional, I developed a keloid infection at the back of my ear and one on my navel because I didn’t have time to clean my pierced area daily during the healing process,” explained Priscilla.

While psychologists say there are various factors that influence people’s decisions in getting piercings, the most cited reasons are to boost self-confidence and serve as a form of personal adornment, identity, cultural or social influence, or to mark a significant life event.

Unfortunately, no matter how pretty they look on us, piercings are still criticized for their looks.

“I’m continuously misjudged as a loose girl who has no morals, but I’m the exact opposite,” Priscilla explains.

In an interview with Angela, another Level 300 student at AUCC, she said she started hers because she was inspired by someone’s piercings and had the same thing done by a professional at a studio.

“I have five piercings. I once had an infection after I did my first piercing, but I still wanted the piercing at the same spot so I waited for it to heal first then had it done again, and this time around I had no infection.”

Pastor Gerald is a member of a charismatic church. In an interview with him, he stated that, “body modification, including piercing, has been an increasing trend in recent years.

I will begin by acknowledging that the Bible does not specifically address body piercing as a sin. So being dogmatic on the issue is unwarranted.”

He continued by saying that, if all body piercings are sinful, as some say, “then even a diamond stud in a girl’s ear lobe is a taboo.”

He further commented that, “such a stance goes too far, considering that earrings (and even nose rings) were accessories for Hebrew woman. In an extended metaphor, God reminds Jerusalem of the Lavish blessings He had bestowed on the people saying: ‘I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears’ in Ezekiel 16:12.

“It’s unlikely that God would have used earrings (and nose rings) as a symbol of beauty and blessing if such jewelry were inherently sinful. See also Songs of Solomon 1:10 – 11.

“So let us not judge people based on their looks or appearance, because sometimes you might think what you see is what it is, until you get close and realize you got it all wrong.”

Well, it’s true that not everyone may have a positive perception of piercings. However, it’s important to remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and preferences. What matters most is how you feel about your piercings and how they make you happy and confident. Embrace your unique style and rock those piercings with pride!

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