There are many things in this world that are very captivating. There are many allurements. Jewellery is one of those things that are very beautiful to look at, and for some, they magnify one’s outlook.
What is the history of Jewellery and should we even be discussing this as Christians. Aren’t they just ornaments? Is God concerned about what we put on the outside?
Meditate on this scriptural text and think for yourself:
Gen. 35:2, 4 – linked to strange gods and idolatry
Is. 3:16-24 – when Israel was unfaithful, God rebuked certain practices which included the issue of ornaments
Therefore, there is a deeper spiritual issue being addressed here, also the issue of ornaments. In the ancient near east, strange gods were engraved onto these ornaments. Maybe that was part of the reason. There are references where God seems to be in support of ornaments. However, when you study carefully you find that God is more interested in us focusing on the heart. Though there is no sin in the jewel itself, however, the motive behind the wearing of it does not help a person spiritually but rather, it draws attention on oneself once again.
Furthermore, when we get to the New Testament, we find that even the thought of beautifying the outward is not in harmony with good Christian behaviour.
1 Timothy 2:9
1 Peter 3:3-4
Note that this principle is of simplicity and avoiding outward ornament is preferable.
Why do Adventists promote simplicity?
The Bible encourages us to render our body to God as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God (Rom. 12:1-2). That is to mean we need to present it to Him because it is His (1 Cor. 6:19), clean simple and without improving on it. More like, give God what He gave you the way it is. He created it. He loves it the way it is. If you think about it, most of the ornaments are there to magnify or make one more beautiful. However, God loves you the way you are.
“a beautiful heart is far better than a beautiful outlook”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30; 1 Peter 3:4; Ecclesiastes 3:11.
To dress plainly, abstaining from display of jewelry and ornaments of every kind, is in keeping with our faith.3T p. 366 – Ellen White
I found the following video to be simple and clear on this subject. Take a look.
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