What does God say about tattoos?
The word, "tattoo" is used once in the Bible:
"You are not to make gashes on your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves; I am Yahweh." Leviticus 19:28
Israel had just come out of slavery from the Egyptians - the Egyptians would tattoo pagan gods on themselves - God told the Israelites to avoid this.
Leviticus 19:27 says not to cut your beard - how can you follow verse 28 (no tattoos) and shave every morning?
The false prophet in Revelation 13:16 will require everyone to receive a mark on your right hand or your forehead. This isn't a tattoo, but will be some sort of marking - promising your allegiance to the anti-christ.
Advantages of Tattoos:
Christians who have tattoos of crosses or Christian symbols say tattoos create a good Christian witness or conversation starter.
Christians with tattoos also say if you're going to say tattoos are wrong, then piercings are wrong as well. Leviticus 19:28 says not to cut yourself.
Disadvantages of Tattoos:
- Many people view tattoos as rebellious.They could hurt you in a job interview - especially a job working with the public. People will judge you based on your tattoos.
- You could make a decision you later regret. I'm glad when I was 21, I didn't get a tattoo saying, "I love Nicole" but married someone named Sherri 4 years later. Whoops...wrong girl.
- What looks good at 22 will be saggy when 62. I don't know many 60 or 70 year olds coming up to me saying, "Look at my ink!"
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