Question: Christian Tattoos: What Does The Bible Say About Tattoos?
More than it has ever been, tattoos are more nowadays than any other time in the history of the world. At least one person of five of any adult in the U.S wears a tattoo in the body. The record has been so alarming in recent times that one begins to wonder what could be its cause. Christians are no exception from the prevalence of this trend in the society.
It has become so rampant that you need not to consider whether or not its acceptable Christian wise or not. It has risen to draw great interest from several quarters and many are desperate to know whether or not it’s right or not. Christians are eager to know the take of the bible on it before proceeding to inscribe it on their body.
But what has the scripture to say about tattoos? Does the bible actually have any definitive instruction regarding the acquisition of tattoos? Well, this question can only be answered by the bible itself. Many controversies have been raised because of this question even among Christians. While some are against it, others say it’s right. But here is what the bible says about it.
You are not to make any incision in your flesh on account of the dead nor submit to cuts or tattoos. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:28.
This I believe is a clear instruction and a command from the Lord. That man should on no account make an incision or a tattoo on his body. Not even his own image. Many Christians who have acquired tattoos on their bodies have argued that tattooing is no sin and that the above scripture is a old testament verse that holds no relevance to the believers under grace. But the truth remains all of Gods command is to be obeyed and adhere to whether or not is of the new covenant or not. I believe this argument is as a result of man to disobey God.
Paul the Apostle clearly states in the scripture that LOVE is the fulfillment of the LAW. If you love the Lord I believe obeying his command will be more of importance to you than arguing on tattoos. Many claim not to know what the literal meaning of the word in that scripture means, because the word tattoo was not in the English dictionary until in the 1700s. Many however assume that the word tattoo is only an inclusion by the translators of the bible after the 1600s.
Yes this law was passed down to the physical Israel after their departure from the Land of Egypt, towards their entrance into the land of Canaan which God had promised them from the days of Abraham. And being spiritual Israel of God it will really be of great importance if we also obey this law.
If everyone in the world is into tattooing and we try to bring it into Christianity, I think it must of necessity be placed under check, because the friendship of the world is enmity with God.
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