Biblical View of Boobies

In the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’d like to advance a controversial conclusion: I think Jesus would take a pro-stance on breast self-exams. That’s right, and I’m going to try to prove it using the Bible. The Bible loves bodies and boobies and I think it’s time we loved them, too. I’ve noticed more than a few students coming to class with Boobies bracelets and Save the Tatas t-shirts, and I think that might be just What Jesus Would Do, though, maybe more subtly.

I would put other boobies, but I've been told that's inappropriate

 In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul says, ‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.” To be truthful, that comes after a list of sexual sins people commit, but I think it can be applied to taking care of our bodies, keeping our temples as healthy as possible, taking care of the gift we have received. Medical knowledge has come a long way; that knowledge, I believe, is God-given, and so, doing what we can to take advantage of the advantages seems like a way to honor God with our bodies.

Breasts are pretty awesome, and I’m fairly sure that my female and heterosexual male friends agree. I know this by the number of you who are fans of Victoria’s Secret on Facebook. Breasts feed children. I guess cows can boast that, and then some, but I was amazed at how intricate and yet simple the act of breastfeeding children is. I am a big fan of the amazing results we saw with breast milk, and how good it is for baby, mom, the environment and society (disease reduction). I have some amazing friends who donated milk to the milk bank for babies who could not nurse and mothers who had none. Mary was complimented on her breast-power when the crowd, gathered to see Jesus, called out “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and the breasts that nursed you” Luke 11:27. To have one’s breasts immortalized would be daunting, but since I’m neither Mary nor Heidi Klum, I suppose I will not have to deal with that. Whew.

Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs) has a ton to say about Boobies. SoS 4:5 says “Your two breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies.” SoS 7:7-9 “Your stature is like that of a palm and your breasts are like clusters of fruit. I said, ‘I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit.’ May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine…” In 8:10, it says, “I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers, Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment.” Those breasts have some real metaphorical force!

God, through Ezekiel, claimed that Jerusalem was like a young girl and “I made you grow like a plant of the field, You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels. Your breasts were formed and your hair grew, you who were naked and bare.” Let’s summarize backward, God thinks breasts are beautiful, they provide contentment to lovers and suckle children and as part of the temple of the Holy Spirit, deserve to be respected and healthy.

If you haven’t done so already, feel yourself up or make your annual mammogram appointment, because we can save boobies, which, like all the 2000 parts of our bodies, are precious in his sight.

*please don’t flame me… I just think this is important.

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10 responses to “Biblical View of Boobies

  1. Apparently God loves the breast metaphor…El Shaddai is a derivative of shadu (mountaint) or shadayim (breasts). Early Hebrew tradition and scripture emphasizes fertility and to “go forth and multiply.” Some historians suggest that El Shaddai was pulled from the Semitic goddess of fertility. I’m not saying that God was made up or born of Astarte or anything, but Judaism does have some fertility worship roots that you can see Hebrews are struggling with in the Pentateuch. In short, one of the names of God might have come from their word for boobies.

  2. Thanks for speaking up about breasts! Some may find that awkward in their religious ways, but I love how open and honest you are. I believe this is an important message to be shared that God cares about us even in the natural practical ways like having our breasts checked. That is not simply a worldly thing.

  3. Don’t forget in Proverbs 5 where it says; “let her breasts satisfy you at all times and be thou always RAVISHED in her love.” Ravished is a biblical word for great sex. Too many churches teach the thou shalt nots about sex, teaching little girls that sex is dirty, bad and wrong and that good girls don’t do it. By the time a woman is ready to embrace her sexuality, she is so negatively conditioned that it often ruins her for life. It shows up in what things that she won’t do in bed, and in her lingerie selections. The vast majority of women wear virginal white nylon panties with no lace and utilitarian bras that are boring to their men.

    The church neglects the scripturally mandate ministry to women contained in Titus 2 where it says; “that the older women of the church shall teach the younger women of the church how to love their husbands (sexually) so that the Word of God is not blasphemed.”

    We live in a very puritanical society with the highest divorce rate on the planet. Sex is one of the big 3 that couples fight about and the church is not doing anything to counteract it, in fact they are the biggest stumbling blocks in a woman’s life when it comes to sex.

    Blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

    • Thank you for that reminder. I think your take on the problems the Church has created in Christian marriages is dead on.

    • Hebrews 13:4 has become a favorite verse for me recently, as God’s views on sex and marriage have been coming up a lot. It’s sort of a good summary verse. Sex inside marriage: good thing. Sex outside marriage: bad thing. By mentioning both adultery and fornication it covers both sex where no one’s married and sex where one or both are married but not to each other. There are lots of other passages that give a bigger picture when combined with it, but it’s a good summary verse to give people a start on God’s viewpoint.

      Throw in Matthew 5:28 to cover pornography and Romans 1:26-27 for lesbianism and homosexuality, and you’re on your way to a pretty comprehensive Biblical view of sexuality. The Song of Solomon references and Proverbs 5 are both great references to start adding the “do” alongside the “do not” of other verses.

  4. Thanks for the kind words and understanding. Won’t you join with me to help counteract it.

    Blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

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