PS: I guess you did one ear only, not both.
Stan: Seems to be the custom for men to do both ears now, anyway (if they do it at all).Well actually my girlfriend at the time did it and yes only one ear. My middle son has both ears done and he wears big cubic zirconium studs. My daughetr has pierced ears but my other two sons don't.
We just need to use some common sense Rusty. We can be more lenient on guys in kilts as it was tradition back in the day. A man with ears pierced in modern society different story. It speaks of rebellion. Its not even a matter of what the scriptures say, rather just using our God given brains and eyes to discern. I don't witness with it and nor do my elders.I understand your point...but what do you do with these Christians?
On earrings for men I use 1 Cor 6:3. Excessive earrings and any tattoos 1 Cor 6:19-20.ONE: What DOES the Bible say about it?
TWO: Why is it LIBERAL?
I'm not sure you meant to quote that verse.Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Leviticus chapter 19:28.............
"You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD."
1 Cor. 10:21-23:........................
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.”
I remember that "rule". In fact, when I did get my ears pierced, I made sure that I always had one more in my left than my right, "because". Also, I'm not a fan a symmetry. It's an art thing. I would like to take a look at the history of earrings though. I can't affirm or refute that statement. I still don't like using that particular verse. It's reading a bit much into the text. Surely there is a better one out there somewhere to make your point, or at least to combine? It's a case where I'd rather help you develop your own belief here more than change your mind.Hi Ban, I recall discussing tattoos with you a while back .
1 Cor 6:3 talks of the importance and ability we have to use professional Christian judgement. That is what I use on earrings.
What is ironclad is the fact that ONLY in our Christian generation is it not taboo for men to wear earrings. I judge a guy with two earrings to be dressing like a girl. It was funny growing up, the more feminine guys used to get the right ear pierced and the ''cool'' guys the left. Have you never made the mistake of assuming a guy with earrings is a woman?
1 Cor 6:19, 20 doesnt need much context. The fact is our body is the temple of God. Piercings and tattoos is turning it into our own temple. Just use some lateral thought and you will find that tattoos have selfishness at their root. You forcing your wife, family and brethren to put up with markings on your body that you chose. You choose only what you think is a cool looking tattoo. Why no tattoos of fat woman or hungry children? Nope, all cool looking razor wire, hot chicks, dragons, fancy calligraphy. It cracks me up. It is nothing but pride.
Certainly more approval then ones for vanity.That being said, would you then approve of tattoos if Christians were getting hungry children and fat women?
I am sure many men have worn earrings in the past. It is Christian specific that I am concerned with. Those old fashioned churches of our forefathers. I don't see them giving any approval.I would like to take a look at the history of earrings though. I can't affirm or refute that statemen
KingJ: Yes, it's been the custom for many years for women to double- or triple- pierce their ears, and in the scheme of things it's pretty benign, really. And often it's mothers and daughters that do it together or in imitation of one another; it's a longstanding thing. For example, a mom and her daughter who double- or triple- pierced their ears in around 1979 at the ages of, say, 47 and 21 respectively would now be aged 80 and 55, and the 55-year old could also be grandmother herself, with both a daughter and even a teen granddaughter themselves with 2 or 3 pairs of ear piercings.I am not against woman getting their ears pierced moderately (two or three), but men...I will discipline my son hard if he even thinks it .
On earrings for men I use 1 Cor 6:3. Excessive earrings and any tattoos 1 Cor 6:19-20.
It bothers me that if I got my ears pierced I would trade earrings with my wife, sister, mother and grandmother. My brothers, father and all my grandfathers never wore them. I would be the first in my lineage. What about you Stan, are you the first in your lineage?
The bottom line is that amongst Christians it is only in our generation that you will find men doing it. Does that not disturb you? I hate conforming to a generation norm that the bible parallels with Sodom and Gomorrah.KingJ: Yes, it's been the custom for many years for women to double- or triple- pierce their ears, and in the scheme of things it's pretty benign, really. And often it's mothers and daughters that do it together or in imitation of one another; it's a longstanding thing. For example, a mom and her daughter who double- or triple- pierced their ears in around 1979 at the ages of, say, 47 and 21 respectively would now be aged 80 and 55, and the 55-year old could also be grandmother herself, with both a daughter and even a teen granddaughter themselves with 2 or 3 pairs of ear piercings.
Similarly, there are plenty of young men whose dads may have obtained ear piercings at somes stage. And so when a young men get ear piercings 'just like dad's', I would suggest it's hardly attributable to rebellion against their parents.
It's a custom - like it; dislike it - but it's widespread, and I would really hesitate to make inward and spiritual assumptions about the mere fact that men or women do it.
Neither. Press-stick earrings and stick on tattoos. Unless God is using you to witness to heavy metal bikers that is...(So, to return to the original question of the thread: gun or needle? )