THE SHOCKING TRUTH BEHIND MAKE-UP (Part Three)


Before reading this article you would need to read the other previous parts. This part is sequel to part 1 and 2, thus it would be great to read them before critiquing this part.

We previously noted in our last study that facial cosmetics originated from Egypt. In continuation, the free web encyclopedia known as Wikipedia emphasized this fact:

“The ancient Egyptians regarded beauty as a sign of holiness. Everything the ancient Egyptians used had a spiritual aspect to it, including cosmetics, which is why cosmetics were an integral part of their daily lives. . . In tombs, cosmetic palettes were found buried with the deceased as grave goods which further emphasized the idea that cosmetics were not only used for aesthetic purposes but rather magical and religious purposes.” 

The God of heaven has warned the Israelite not to partake of the abominations of other nations when they enter the promise land:

“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you . . . all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” Deut. 18:9-12.

But we learnt in the scripture that the Israelites did not only learn the way of the abominations of these nations but also did worse then them. This is exactly what we are seeing today among our professed Christian women.

When it comes to the issue of modesty, the world finds no difference between them and us. Satan is exultant in his victory to ruin the people of God and hinder them from entering into the heavenly Canaan has he hindered ancient Israel from entering the earthly Canaan. He seeks to make us feel good and relax as we sit in Church ignorantly listening to some false gospel that does not require reformation in the way we dress both in Church.

Jeremiah 4 and the Daughters of Zion

Jeremiah 4 verse 30 is another Bible verse that talks about cosmetics or make-up. To understand this text is to understand the context, although the text is clear regarding the issue of face painting and what God thinks about it.

There was a plea for repentance from God to Judah and Jerusalem for the abominations which is practiced in the land (vs. 1). If they refuse to repent and put away their abominable practices, then God has promised to send forth judgment and a “great destruction” from the North (vs. 4-6). The destroyer of the Gentiles or the King of the North (King of Babylon) will make the land desolate and inhabitable (vs. 7). Through “horsemen and bowmen,” “destruction upon destruction” will come upon the “daughter of Zion” (vs. 29, 20, and 31). But God’s mercy is mixed with His judgment. He promised that this coming destruction will not be the final destruction; He will not make a full end of Jerusalem and Judah for the evil of their doings, for their wickedness, rebellion and foolishness (vs. 27, 4, 18, 17 and 22).

We may point out many things that must have procured God’s wrath from chapter 1 to 4, but some clear reasons are revealed in verse 30 of chapter 4. “And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.” Jer 4:30.

The women of Judah didn’t paint their faces to please God, even though they represented God’s Church in that generation, God never instructed them to wear facial cosmetics or make-up. Their main objective was to make themselves fair or beautify before their lovers. This reason is still the very reason why many women, both in the world and in the church wear make-up. But the Lord, in Jer. 4:30, said this objective will be in vain, that is, VANITY is the end product of them that paint their face.

As far back as 1832 Adam Clark commented on Jer. 4:30 as follows. Note, Adam Clark was a Methodist theologian.

Though thou rentest thy face with painting – This probably refers to the custom of introducing stibiuma preparation of antimony, between the eye and the lids, in order to produce a fine lustre, which occasions a distension of the eye-lid in the time of the operation. In order to heighten the effect from this some may have introduced a more than ordinary quantity, so as nearly to rend the eye-lid itself. Though thou make use of every means of address, of cunning, and of solicitation, to get assistance from the neighboring states, it will be all in vain. Reference is here particularly made to the practice of harlots to allure men.

In 1706, Matthew Henry, the non-conformist protestant minister of England, also commented on this as follows:

She rents her face with painting, puts the best colours she can upon her present distresses and does her utmost to palliate and extenuate her losses, sets a good face upon them. But this painting, though it beautifies the face for the present, really rends it the frequent use of paint spoils the skin, cracks it, and makes it rough so the case which by false colours has been made to appear better than really it was, when truth comes to light, will look so much the worse. . . See what creatures prove when we confide in them, how treacherous they are instead of saving the life, they seek the life they often change, so that they will sooner do us an ill turn than any service. And see to how little purpose it is for those that have by sin deformed themselves in God’s eyes to think by any arts they can use to beautify themselves in the eye of the world.

Made in God’s Glory

We were told that God created man fearfully and wonderfully.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14.

Whether we accept it or not, make-up is a superficial and outward false covering that never came from the hand of the master creator. God never intended to add to our beauty because make-up is not natural. I repeat for emphasis sake: “there are no scriptures in which God commands any woman, whether godly or ungodly, to paint her faces or wear facial cosmetics for the sole aim of enhancing or augmenting that which God has created.”

What God wants on our faces is His glory and not make-up that will falsify the natural beauty he has given to us. Just as the people saw the glory of God on the face Moses, Jesus wants us to likewise reflect the glory of God and to anoint our eyes with eye salve.

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. ” 2 Cor. 3:18. (See Rev 3:18).

In the future articles, we will continue from where we stop and look further into other Bible references and Health implications of make-ups in the long run on our skin.

How to Cite this article: Odunuga, O. E, “The Shocking Truth Behind Makeup.” keepyoufromfalling ministry. Retrive 4:00pm. June 30, 2016 from https://keepyoufromfalling.com/2016/07/01/the-shocking-truth-behind-make-up-part-three/

Note: This article is an excerpt from my up coming book, “Shocking Truth about Make-up: Origin, History and the Bible.” Watch out for it soon. 

THE SHOCKING TRUTH BEHIND MAKE-UP (Part Two)


In part one of this series we looked into the definition of facial makeup, the multi-billion dollar industry and the ignorance of God’s people in relation to this topic. In this article we will briefly look into the origin and history of makeup both from the Biblical point of view and secular point of view. Mark Woodman said it beautifully:

Truth is Independent of your opinion or my opinion. Truth is also intolerant of error. Every aspect of a truthful message stimulates the conscience and requests acknowledgement. The individual however, holds the key to accept or reject that message.

I am not writing this article to condemn women but to awaken their curiosity. I am specifically writing to the professed daughters of God, who often feel insecure without the use of makeups; believing themselves to be ugly without the use of facial makeups for augmenting and improving their beauty.

2 Kings 9:30 and Jezebel

I have observed over the years that many of female Christians are not diligent Bible students. Many might have been Christians for long but they have not taken the personal responsibility to study for themselves WHY the Church admonishes positive Christian lifestyle. We are lacking Priscilla’s in our days; women who will take the Bible and expounded unto those that ask about the faith that is in them and “the way of God more perfectly.”Acts 18:26.  Many are ignorantly being deceived by their ministers. They don’t even know why they are Christians and what is required of them in this last days.

The Bible is not silent over the topic of makeup even though references to facial make-up are few. These references, though few, will enable to make rational and positive conclusions.

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Who was Jezebel?

The first place in the Bible to make mention of facial cosmetic or make up is found in 2 King 9:30. It says, “And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.” Before we look at this verse let us identify some of the characteristics of Jezebel.

  1. Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbaal king of Zidon. The Zidonites were Baal worshippers and they practiced all the false religion of other nation. 1 King 16:31; 2 King 9:30.
  2. She was a Baal worshipper and a prophetess of baal. 1 King 16:31; 18:19; Rev 2:20.
  3. She was a murderess and the instigator or initiator of all wicked things. 1 King 18:4, 13; 1 King 21:7-15, 25.
  4. She was an adulteress, prostitute, harlot, whore and idolatress. 2 King 9:22
  5. She does not only commit adultery but also seduces God’s servants to commit adultery and spiritual fornication to eat things sacrificed to Baal. Rev 2:20.
  6. She was a witch or sorceress, that is, one who practices magical powers that are obtained through evil spirits. 2 King 9:22.
  7. Jezebel was the first and only individual whom the Bible particularly mentions by name that used facial cosmetic. 2 King 9:30.

Jezebel is from Zidon what is today known to be Lebanon (located about twenty five miles south of Beirut) which is also regarded as the eastern part in Bible times and even today. Smith’s Bible Dictionary said the Zidonians: “were idolaters, and worshipped Ashtoreth as their tutelary goddess, (1 Kings 11:5, 33; 2 Kings 23:13) as well as the sun-god Baal from whom their king was named. (1 Kings 16:31).” Jezebel probably must have adopted the use of makeup from Egypt as we shall see from the following evidence gathered from History.

Out of the 416 references of face and 73 references of faces in the KJV, Jezebel is the only individual woman in the Bible who painted her face or the only individual woman that used facial cosmetic. Jesus warned that the spirit if Jezebel will come again into the church to seduce many into using make-ups, which the women will use to lure men into fornication and Satan worship.

“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.” Rev 2:20.

The Brown-Driver- Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon noted that Pûk is the Hebrew word translated as painted in the verse which means “Antimony, Stibium . . . black miniral powder, for increasing brilliance of eyes by darkening edges of lids . . . practice in Arabic; Egypt . . .”

In case you are opposed to the King James Version, well, thank God for other version like the NIV. The New International Version translated this verse a follows:

“Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard about it, she put on eye makeup, arranged her hair and looked out of a window.”

New English Translation said, “she put on some eyeliner.

The above translations have vindicated KJV and made it clearer for those who are confused if the Bible ever used the word makeup.

ADAM CLARKE (1960 -1832) a British Methodist Theologian commented on this verse as follows:

She endeavored to improve the appearance of her complexion by paint, and the general effect of her countenance by a tiara or turban head-dress . . . This is a custom in Asiatic countries to the present day.”

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible commentary also commented on this verse as follows;

“Jezebel … painted her face . . . according to a custom universal in the East among women, of staining the eyelids with stibium, the sulphuret of antimony, a black powder, mixed with oil, called in Syria, Egypt . . . This practice existed in early times, as is proved by the ancient monuments of Egypt and the kohl vessels and probes found in the tombs. . .”

Egypt and Makeup

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Before we look into other Bible references that talks about facial makeup I will like us to study carefully where makeup actually originated from or who were the predominant users of makeup originally and why do they use it.

Egypt is the home of ancient civilization and the home of all manner of idol worship. When describing Egypt God often call it the house of bondage, bondage to every kind of sin and false worship. (Ex 13:3; 20:2; 2 Peter 2:19).

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In my research it was found that Egypt is the home of many cosmetic products especially those used for beautification and spiritualist purposes. It was not in the culture of the Jews to use makeup for beautification or spiritual purposes except for those who decide to go against the instructions and commandments of God. Nowhere in the Scripture were we told that a Jew used makeup that was accepted by God or the people of the land.

“For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As mine anger and my fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so shall my fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Egypt: and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more” Jer 42:18

Makeup and the Egyptian gods

ca. 1361-1352 B.C. --- Wall Painting of Tutankhamun Accompanied by Anubis and Nephthys --- Image by © Gianni Dagli Orti/CORBIS

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In her article titled, “One of the 8 inventions we owe to the ancients,” Sarah Pruitt wrote the following:

Ancient Egyptians knew all about the power of a smoky eye. Way back in 4000 B.C., they started making kohl (eye makeup) to line their eyes by mixing soot with galena, a mineral with a metallic bluish, gray or black hue. In some ancient paintings, Egyptians are depicted wearing green eye makeup, a shade they achieved by mixing another mineral, malachite, with the galena. Both women and men wore kohl eye makeup in ancient Egypt. They believed it had healing properties, as well as the power to protect the wearer from the evil eye.

Regarding the use of makeup in Egypt, we were told by Evans Andrews of History.com that:

“Both men and women were known to wear copious amounts of makeup, which they believed gave them the protection of the gods Horus (god of sky and kingship) and Ra (Sun god). . . It was then liberally applied around the eyes with utensils made out of wood, bone and ivory. Women would also stain their cheeks with red paint and use henna to color their hands and fingernails and both sexes wore perfumes made from oil, myrrh and cinnamon. The Egyptians believed their makeup had magical healing powers, and they weren’t entirely wrong: Research has shown that the lead-based cosmetics worn along the Nile actually helped stave off eye infections.”

One of the facts about facial cosmetic as noted by some historians, just as I have noted above is that;

“Cosmetic in the ancient Egypt was very important part of religion. To honor the gods and the spirits, people took very good care of their bodies. Face makeup and body oils were considered sacred.

In the future articles, we will continue from where we stop and look further into other Bible references and Historical settings.

How to Cite this article: Odunuga, O. E, “The Shocking Truth Behind Makeup.” keepyoufromfalling ministry. Retrive 4:00pm. June 30, 2016. https://keepyoufromfalling.com/2016/06/30/the-shocking-truth-behind-make-up-part-two/

Note: This article is an excerpt from my up coming book, “Shocking Truth about Make-up: Origin, History and the Bible.” Watch out for it soon. 

THE SHOCKING TRUTH BEHIND MAKE-UP (Part one)


Am about receiving some criticism for this article. Well, i will humbly welcome them. At least some celebrities are beginning to realize the TRUTH BEHIND MAKE-UP while God’s professed people are ignorant about the truth. People like Alicia Keys are serious about the MAKEUP FREE MOVEMENT while others are busy parading their fake beauty. According to Yahoo.com June 27, 2016, The star arrived to the BET Awards without any visible makeup on her face — and though her makeup artist hinted that she may have been wearing “#nomakeupmakeup,” Keys was radiant, glowing and looked incredibly comfortable in her skin.

Keys said:

“I hope to God it’s a revolution. ‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”

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Even though i may not accept her use of Jewelries, wearing of seductive immodest dresses, and some other lifestyles. But who am i to condemn her? I am not writing this article to condemn anyone because i am also “a work in progress.” Apart from these things, i am standing behind her on the no make-up movement.

My people lack knowledge

One reason many today are being destroyed is either due to lack of knowledge of the truth or rejection of the truth. Pure truth cuts directly to the root of our selfish desires. The Spirit of God, through Prophet Hosea, said:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6.

The only way to know truth is to know Jesus Christ. The only way to know Jesus Christ is to receive and believe the word of God. The word of God is not the word of men as some believe it to be.

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17. The words of the Lord in the mouth of His Prophets and Apostles of Old were regarded as truth. (see. 1 Kings 17:24).

Salvation will come by knowing and doing the truth that is in Jesus Christ. But they that hate the truth and “loved darkness . . . because their deeds were evil,” “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” John 3:19; 2 Thess. 2:11-12.

The Late Evangelist, Mark Woodman, said:

“Truth is Independent of your opinion or my opinion. Truth is also intolerant of error. Every aspect of a truthful message stimulates the conscience and requests acknowledgement. The individual however, holds the key to accept or reject that message.”

The truth about facial make-ups or cosmetics and jewelries . . . will quicken you to make positive reformation or changes. The role of the Holy Spirit is to convict the conscience and empower you to make positive choices, but you hold the key to accept or reject the message that comes to you. The truth about facial make-up (OR cosmetics) for this last generation will stimulates your conscience and requests your acknowledgment, therefore be prepared to accept it as it comes. Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower you to make positive decision. It will be very difficult of choose the right if the heart is not fully surrendered to Christ.

WHY THE MAKE-UP?

Like any other WHY questions that I have asked over the years, I often ponder on this one question: Why do most women wear make-ups when it is condemned in the Bible?

Both believers and unbelievers, young and old, wear make-ups. Yet only few know their origin and history. Even those who claim to accept the authority of the Bible seems to know nothing about it. They are ignorant of what the Bible say about facial make-ups.

Those who are seeking to live godly and chaste life will ask:

“What is the truth about makeup? Does the Bible approve the use of make-ups? Is the use of makeup wrong or is it a sin? What principles in the Bible are we to apply?” We will begin by briefly looking up the definition of cosmetics and make-ups, the origin, the multi-billion dollar business, health implications and what the Bible has to say about it. In future articles we will be looking into the subject of Jewelries from the Bible.

Definition of Make up

According to Encyclopedia Britannica,

Cosmetic is any of several preparations (excluding soap) that are applied to the human body for beautifying, preserving, or altering the appearance or for cleansing, colouring, conditioning, or protecting the skin, hair, nails, lips, eyes, or teeth.[1]

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics, defines cosmetics as something

“Intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions”. . . The FDA specifically excludes soap from this category.[2]

I personally define it as follows:

Facial cosmetics or make ups are solely produced and purchased with the aim of altering ones appearance, to compensate for ones perceived deficiency or omission in beauty, to falsify ones beauty by lying to others about what they are not.

It is like saying to God: “I don’t like the way you made me. My lips are not red enough. My eyebrows are not dark enough. My eyelids are not wide enough. You didn’t make my cheek to look more brownish. God you miss this part of my body at creation, you miss that part. You are such an imperfect God. I will make-up for your deficiencies and mistakes.” By doing this, we lack faith in the creative power of God.

In his book, truth about Make-up, Herbert W. Armstrong, gave two general reasons women use make-up

It is put on the face for one or both of two general reasons:

1) to be like the world around you — to be conformed to this world, in direct disobedience to God’s command; or else;

2) “to look nice,” as women express it, which means simply, to change the appearance so as to make the face prettier than it naturally is – which is VANITY! Either is a violation of God’s Law, and a SIN! Actually, the only reason a woman wishes to conform to the world is VANITY – fearing what the world will think, more than fearing God – caring more for the world and what it thinks than for God and what looks right in His sight![3]

A Multibillion dollar Industry

In recent years, consumers have been spending higher levels of disposable income on cosmetics than they had in the past. . . The United State of America is the biggest cosmetic market in the world, with estimated total revenue of about 56.63 billion U.S. dollars and employing about 56,235 people in 2013.[4] The revenue of the U.S. cosmetic industry is estimated to amount to about 62.46 billion U.S. dollars in 2016.[5] The global Cosmetic market was 460 billion U.S dollars in 2014 and is estimated to reach 675 billion U.S. dollars by 2020 growing at a rate of 6.4%. Of the cosmetic products, Skin care has the highest market share while Oral Cosmetics would be the fasted growing market during the forecasted period.[6]

The Entertainment industries have greatly molded our ideology and how we view ourselves. Our cultural values have been diluted by the western culture. When you carefully study the women in the entertainment industry (which include; music, movies, fashion, and TV presenters) you see these stars living the fast lane but they don’t look good at all when they aren’t wearing fake hair extensions and weave or putting on make-ups. Another thing to add is that women of our generation are even teaching their children how to wear makeup or allowing their daughters to put this crap on… That shows how shallow we have become in these times.

In the future articles, we will be looking briefly on the History, Bible, Health implications and alternatives.

How to Cite this article: Odunuga, O. E, “The Shocking Truth Behind Makeup.” keepyoufromfalling ministry. Retrive 4:00pm. June 30, 2016. From https://keepyoufromfalling.com/2016/06/29/the-shocking-truth-behind-make-up-part-one/

Note: This article is an excerpt from my up coming book, “Shocking Truth about Make-up: Origin, History and the Bible.” Watch out for it soon. 

Reference:

[1] http://www.britannica.com/art/cosmetic

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmetics#cite_note-Ullmann-1

[3] Armstrong H. W, Truth about Make-up, p. 20

[4] http://www.statista.com/statistics/243742/revenue-of-the-cosmetic-industry-in-the-us/

[5] http://www.statista.com/statistics/243742/revenue-of-the-cosmetic-industry-in-the-us/

[6]http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150727005524/en/Research-Markets-Global-Cosmetics-Market-2015-2020-Market