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Friday, April 16, 2010

Are tattoos for Christians today?

It is significant that the Mosaic Law forbade God's people to tattoo themselves. Leviticus 19:28 says:

"(You) shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am Jehovah." (ASV)

Even though Christians today are not under the Mosaic Law, the prohibition it laid on tattooing is sobering. (Ephesians 2:15; Colossians 2:14, 15) Additionally, if you are a Christian, the Bible counsels that you certainly would not want to make markings on your body—even temporarily—that has any trace of paganism or false worship. (See 2 Corinthians 6:15-18.)

Another thing to consider is whether choosing to get a tattoo would enhance or undermine your claim of being a Christian. As many react negatively, one could ask themselves, "How may others feel about my wearing a tattoo?" (1 Corinthians 10:29-33)  Could it be a "cause for stumbling" others? (2 Corinthians 6:3)

One who seeks to please God should also keep in mind that becoming a Christian involves the offering of oneself to God. The Bible says that our bodies are living sacrifices presented to God for his use:

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?" - Rom 12:1 (NLT)

For more, see:
Should I Get a Tattoo? (Article from the WBTS)

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