If I ask anyone who wears Jewels and makeup on why they are wearing it. An honest answer would be to look beautiful.
Every body wants to look beautiful and there is nothing wrong in this desire. It is God given desire and longing. Every one should seek to look beautiful. But Satan perverted this desire.
God gave appetite to enjoy the food He created for mankind but satan perverted it to make man eat for appetite instead for strength.
Ecc 10:17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
Bible tells us that we should eat in due season – No eating in between meals. And eat for strength and not for drunkenness. Food should be eaten for nutrition and not for satisfying appetite. No junk food but instead healthy balanced food.
Men want to be handsome and Women want to look beautiful. The real purpose for God to create this desire in humans is that man has to desire after the ‘Beauty of holiness’.
Psa 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Also read 1Ch 16:29 & 2Ch 20:21 & Psa 29:2.
When men possess a powerful and holy character which resembles God then they will draw others unto God. The world thinks of beauty as something which attracts others to themselves but God’s purpose of beauty is to attract others to God through them.
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Pro 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Pro 31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
Pro 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
Pro 31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Pro 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Pro 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Pro 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Pro 31:30 Favour ( supplied by me – charm) is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
A quote I found in internet
“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.”
Why Jewels were used in Biblical times
1. They used it as money
2.They wore their pagan Gods as Ornaments.
Remember Jacob asks his family to put away the earrings and strange Gods in their hand. Gen 35:2,4
3. Adornment – beautify
A common objection I get is Patriachs used Jewels.
Just because Patriachs did something that doesn’t becomes right. Abraham had many concubines; Noah drank wine and became drunk (Genesis 9:20, 21). Lot had sex with his daughters and got them pregnant (Genesis 19:30-38). Judah hired a prostitute for a night, impregnated her, and later discovered she was his daughter-in-law (Genesis 38:12-26).
Another objection I normally get is God gave Jewels to Israelites.
God gave Jewels
1. As money (as in the case of Israelites when they left Egypt)
2. because they are used to the lifestyle of wearing Jewels. God allows certain things but it may not be according to His perfect will. For example God allowed/gave many wives; allowed/gave bill of divorce; Christ allowed/gave Flesh diet.
True church vs false church
In Revelation we see two woman, a false church represented by a woman adorned with gold and true church represented by woman who was adorned with character of Christ.
Rev 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
Clothed with sun represents clothed with the righteousness of Christ who is the sun of our righteousness.
Apostles command us not to wear Jewels
Paul wrote, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” 1 Timothy 2:9, 10.
Peter wrote in much the same manner, except that he especially addressed Christian women who had unbelieving husbands. “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” 1 Peter 3:1-4.
From heavens prespective Gold and Diamonds are just blocks of stones upon which we walk.
History gives us a very clear picture of the relationship between early church apostasy and the introduction of the wedding ring. The famous Catholic Cardinal, John Henry Newman, described it in 1845 in his monumental book Development of Christian Doctrine, p. 373: “Constantine, in order to recommend the new religion to the heathen, transferred into it the outward adornments to which they had been accustomed in their own. It is not necessary to go into a subject which the diligence of Protestant writers has made familiar to most of us. The use of temples, and these dedicated to particular saints … incense … candles … holy water … processions … the ring in marriage, turning to the east, images at a later date … are all of pagan origin, and sanctified by their adoption into the Church.”
Please note this friends, both outward adornment and wedding sign was not used in early church until the period of Constantine.
In the book Testimonies to Ministers, page 161, Ellen White makes the following statement on the practice of wearing a wedding ring (it was written to American missionaries in Australia who were beginning to wear the wedding ring with the excuse that it would increase their influence with the Australians):
”I feel deeply over this leavening process which seems to be going on among us, in the conformity to custom and fashion. not one penny should be spent for the circle of gold to testify that we are married. In countries where the custom is imperative, we have no burden to condemn those who have their marriage ring; let them wear it if they can do so conscientiously: but let not our missionaries feel that the wearing of the ring will increase their influence one jot or tittle.”
Ellen White asserts that Jewellery is not a Christian thing
Self-denial in dress is a part of our Christian duty. To dress plainly and abstain from display of jewelry and ornaments of every kind is in keeping with our faith. Child Guidance 423