Can Christians Get Tattoos?

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  • 2013-07-22T23:24:08

I agree with both sides of the lines here. I believe that any kind of tattoo or even a bumper sticker for that matter does not define a person. I never did agree with tattooing skin because of the reactions I had personally given others. I got my first tattoo about a year and a half ago. It is YHWH in Hebrew printed across my right wrist. Isaiah 44:5 was the verse I used to justify my doing. But shortly after then I began having people ask me what it meant. I was suddenly able to share the gospel of Christ with them... and the tattooing went on from there. I got the tattoo on my left arm only a year ago... I has verses that I have used consistently to remind myself who I am and who Christ is. they include Jer. 29:11-12; Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:3-4; John 3:16-17; Phil 1:6; Zeph. 3:17; and Romans 8:28. I also have on my right wrist "5.6:4-5" the highest commandment. I believe that if one decides to put a tat on themselves they must understand that it is only a representation of their heart ((at the time)) yet does not define who they are. You can wear the shirts, have the bumper stickers, and hang a cross round your neck, but that does not save you. I also want to add that one does not need a tattoo for evangelism purposes. In my case this has worked due to my past drug and alcoholic relationships, and my current environment. Where I live people look at the artwork on your skin and want to know why. for me not only are the scriptures on my skin a reminder to me but are used constantly in personal evangelism. I work as a cashier at a dollar store near my house, that is the mission field that God has specifically called me to, and that is how, and why I am where I am.

  • 2013-01-05T12:04:34

Jim Molter, this is awesome and I agree. Jesus had compassion and so should we! Gene Dooley & Brenda Robinson

  • 2013-01-05T05:35:48

I personally think that No one has the Right or authority to Be little somebody for having tattoo's or not.I think that's the Problem that we don't have more Young Christians than we Do all of You so Called Christians have forgotten What Jesus said, he said its not the Christians you should be Preaching to it should be the non Believers.Its funny how so many people make what's in the Bible fit their argument instead of taking what's in this Book at Face value, I Play in a Country Band and I was worried about Playing in all the Lions Dens if I was doing what I should as a Christians, and Our Pastor gave a sermon and I brought 2 Men from those Bars to church shortly after that one of the Guys Pasted away and I felt real Good that I helped Him to Christ that's what were Put here to Do.

  • 2012-06-26T01:20:11

It the old testament laws and we are binded by New testament. But Christ save us.

  • 2012-06-13T13:08:09

You both are referring to scripture that is often taken out of context in a way to explain why you shouldn't get tattoos. You two however are taking them out of context to try and trip someone up with the fact that I do the other things around this one verse in Leviticus such as cut my hair etc etc etc. In fact the whole context of these verses in Leviticus 19 is God wanting his people to be noticeably separate and different than the pagans surrounding them. To echoe Titus 2:14 a "peculiar people", a sanctified holy people, set apart by God. That is the purpose of Leviticus 19, that is the context of the scriptures. Those things during that time were things that pagans did, that God wanted Israel to have no part of, to not resemble in any manner. The Old Testament is relevant to us today. Jesus himself said He did NOT come to get rid of it (Matt. 5:17) because the law is still in effect today it is just to be looked at through the lens of Gods redeeming Grace and not legalism. The lesson that Leviticus 19 teaches is still very relevant to this issue of to get and not to get tattoos today. That lesson is 'Will doing something, anything, to myself make me appear to be worldly, or cause someone around me to stumble?'. Will it make you blend in with the World, regardless or New Testament or Old Testament this is something strictly forbidden (Romans 12:2). Secondly will it genuinely offend someone if I do this? Romans 14 is a marvelous example of issues like 'Should I get a tattoo'. That are a little foggy. Also take into account that your body is not yours. Whether it is right or wrong, does God want you to have them? Does He have a reason, is there someway that it will minister to someone and further the Kingdom. This is a permanent change for the most part on your body that you will in all likelihood have to look at for the rest of your life and not something to partake of on a whim or spontaneity, without consulting God and asking yourself how it will effect your ministry.

  • 2012-06-13T06:01:21

Well if that is how you see it, you should not ever shave or cut your hair because God created you with hair and if that isn't how He wanted you to look He wouldn't have made your temple to grow hair. Right? By the way the Old Testament says not to cut your hair or shave your face. If you try to hold others to the law then you should try keeping the whole law...... but wait! I'll save you some trouble. You can't keep the law and that why Jesus kept it and died in your place.

  • 2012-06-13T05:54:31

If that is correct then Christians should not watch TV, drive cars, use the internet, buy clothes (they should make their own),or use Facebook (or other social networking sites) because its all "worldly". You know the bible warns Christians about haters like some of you. "Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence" -Colossians 2:20-23 I'm sure some of you feel SO spiritual with all your "rules" but those "rules" aren't from Jesus. The church at Corinth had a lot of tattoos but did Paul rebuke them about getting tattoos? No he didn't. He wrote rebuke after rebuke and not once mentioned their practice of tattooing. Read church history. I remember when I thought more rules would make me closer to Jesus, but I realized that we are saved by grace through faith. Did Jesus say they will know your my disciples by your lack of getting tattoos? By your refusal of getting an earring? Oh wait a sec...... yeah that's right the Pharisees would have qualified then. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34-35

  • 2011-12-28T03:39:00

Yes!!!!!! Tammy they do hurt, but just like what Job went through I went through some very trying times in my life almost identical to what Job went through and the tattoo was rather comforting = it took the place of the pain that I felt inside.........I don't rush out and get tattoos at the drop of a hat, but when I got them I had a definite purpose to getting them and I wanted a star of david one, but now is not the right time........but, God will reveal to me when the appropriate time is........just going to get them randomly without any real purpose to me is stupid because they are permanent!

  • 2011-12-28T03:35:15

Jimmy Be YES!!!!!! That's how I have my tattoo's too Jimmy Be!!!!! Right on my brother!!!!!!! You've got the right answer here!!!!!!!!!!!!! God would have taken me right on outta here if he didn't like what he saw me doing with my body.............if it can win others to Jesus Christ then GO FOR IT!!!!!!!

  • 2011-12-28T03:30:22

If God searches my heart and sees something that he dearly loves which He is a dearly loving father He would work things out for me that need to be worked out and not condemn me for marking up my body.......actually I felt a lot like Job did when he was scraping his body with that piece of jagged pottery......wow and King David did some very 'imperfect' things yet God saw his heart........I believ we have a great commission to fulfill and it can't be handled by going out and nit picking every little thng we see ourselves as something not perfect......we would be considered hypocrites and pharisees.......people that hurt and maybe homeless, imperfect don't need us acting like just because we can 'fluff' up the outward appearance......people can be turned off by someone acting like their flesh is super dee duper more than anybody elses just because we didn't mark it up or dress it up in horrible attire.........who are we to judge...........as a christian, woman of God and born again believer I have seen quite a few things in the church that could have 'turned me off' to continuing in the christian faith, but I helped a few muslim kids understand what I believe about the bible.....they corrected me about the Quran and said it's not a bible and I explained what the letters bible stood for and a little bit more.........but, God did some work on my heart..........see the devil tries to get his nose up into so many things hoping to make some marks of his own, but he only sells repackaged old lies and it says to be prepared in season and out of season.........let's stop nit picking and do what God has really called us to do......'THE HOUR IS AT HAND'!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2011-12-28T03:19:48

AMEN!!!!!!!! I have a few too!!!!!!!!! My son has a few too!!!!!!!!!

  • 2011-10-21T06:34:40

Well the piercing took another turn as well which was in the rules of slavery (which its not the type of slavery that we think today) A person who would volunteer for slavery would have his ear pierced, because it was such an honorable act to serve ones family the ear signified that he should be respected.

  • 2011-10-11T05:17:37

I would think that after becoming a follower of Christ, a person should not continue to engage in worldly practices like tattooing. When we become Christians, we become new, and we begin to walk in a new light; to practice living like Christ, but I don't think that fellow brothers and sisters in Christ should talk down on the other Christian that had already been tattooed before they came into the knowledge and gained a personal relationship with Christ Jesus. We all fall short and it is only by the grace of the Father and our faith in Jesus that we are saved.

  • 2011-09-13T16:53:24

Well, I must say, without any speck of malice (rebuke with love, right?), I am totally against tattoos and the idea of Christians getting tattoos. It's a sign of curse (see Cain and Abel) in the Old Testament and a stumbling block right now as we live in the New Covenant/Testament. Problem with Christians today, especially in developed countries, is we have become very lenient. I am reading this book called "Body Piercing Saved My Life" about Christian Rock phenomenon. There is one Christian artist who swears on his songs. Christian tattoo shops are being established. All these chaos for the sake of the gospel? What difference do we have from the rest of the world? Not much, I guess. Paul said to the Corinthians "Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial." Though he talked about regulations on consuming food offered to a believer, I believe it can apply to all other areas of our lives. Is tattoo permissible? You might say yes. Beneficial? If it leaves you in doubt, then you know in your heart of hearts that it is not so. Again, the letter of Paul to the Romans is about food, but it applies to Christians' lives. Do not set a stumbling block to your brother or sister. (Romans 14:11-23) Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:19.

  • 2011-09-13T08:52:05

christian teens must watch this video,(good message wow).

  • 2011-08-21T16:07:47

There is no safe side. You believe in Christ or u don't. Tattoos do not prevent you from entering heaven. And with life saving, my tattoos have led to several witnessing encounters and some salvations. That's saving lives.

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