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Should A Christian Get A Tatoo

Should a christian get a tatoo?

Moderator - No.

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(Luke 16:17 KJV) And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

(Luke 21:33 KJV) Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

It was not Jesus who told people they could ignore the law.
---S.A.M on 9/8/07

I personally do not have one, but I feel that as long it is not antichristian in anyway, and done tastefully it is ok, its whats in our hearts, our spirit is what goes to heaven. What about a born again Christian who has tatoos, I think God takes everyone, if we accept him, no matter what we look like.
---Robert on 8/26/07

Leviticus 19:28
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor TATTOO any marks on you: I am the LORD.

I would say its fine to get a tatoo if its for the right reasons. Just make sure the decision is between you and god first. I think it could glorify god if done right. Why could it not? I mean think about it. What if some lost person saw your tatoo and asked why do you have a cross or scripture on your arm? Then you could testify to that lost person about god.
---Sam on 8/24/07

I agree the answer is no. My sister went on a tatoo spree the past 2 yrs & she's 19, it looks ugly & she had to change a couple of them because her husband is in the navy & the ones she had was not acceptable as a navy wife.Guess she had one that they look as a symbol against what they present, anyhow the NT does say our bodies are the temple, so why disgrace it with tattoos or piercings?
---candice on 8/23/07

Many good answers here to. And in one word the answer is NO!!!
---mima on 8/8/07

I dont think it matters. I think it all depends on what you get. One of my good friends, a Christian, has one. Hers is one of three crosses and has a verse. It is beautiful and a good way to start talking about what she believes.
---Katie on 8/8/07

We are not under the dictates of the OT, there would be a lot more then no tattoos ie no pork or lobster etc etc etc. I don't care for them but they are not unchristian. Although they are a symbol of rebellion even in todays culture and for that reason I would think twice about getting one.
---Andrea on 8/6/07

When I was a teen, my dad said I couldn't get my ears pierced because it was mutilating the body. I went behind his back and did it anyway. I disagree with him, but I never forgot what he said. It has made me consider that our bodies are for use by God. We should treat them as holy. I always think that tatoos will look so ridiculous on old people someday! Imagine that cute little butterfly on Granny's swollen ankle!
---melissa on 8/3/07

To be honest I always wanted a tatoo of an Angel. I would never get one though. When I gave my heart to Christ I lost ownership over my body. Now I'm just a stewart of it, I don't have the right to scare up my body with graffetti. Every sincere christian should know this.
---Marcia on 8/2/07

Isn't it kinda creepy how Hitler tattooed the Jews with numbers on their arms and that this was his chosen method of identification? The scripture of:

Leviticus 19:28
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor TATTOO any marks on you: I am the LORD.

appears in the OT, and granted, we are no longer under the law, but it seems like Hitler was thumbing his nose at God, tattooing God's chosen people, going against God's Holy scriptures given to the Jews. Just a thought.
---Holly4jc on 8/2/07

Tattoos are too worldy and are unattractive. I would leave that to the unsaved. I don't think it is a question of whether or not it is a sin to tattoo. I don't think it is a sin to have one, but as Christians, we have to realize everything we do has to be edifying, to the body of Christ and for the glory of God. I don't think tattooing does that or gives that message to the world.
---Robyn on 8/2/07

If we know what it says in Leviticus 19:28 and choose to ignore it for a whim of fashion, how does it honor Christ and his word. We know we are not under law but under grace, but that is in respect of salvation. God's law still holds penalties and the Devil will gladly point out our disobedience. Romans 8:13a For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:
---Mark_H on 8/2/07

I don't think Christians should be interested in following every fad that comes around. Right now tatooing is the thing and some people are getting carried away with this fad. Personally, I think tatoos are silly. Who would want to go around with the same thing on their body the rest of their life?
---Susie on 8/2/07

Some people say yes because it helps you to reach out to people for Christ, and relate to them. The Bible says NO. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Getting a tatoo, is like putting graffti on your temple. Should you go put graffti on a building, NO. The same is with your body.
---Leslie on 8/2/07

In my opinion the answer is no, because we are to be set apart from the world. We should stand out from the crowd so that the world may see Jesus through us. If we curse every breath, and have tattoos and piercings all over our bodies then we look just like the world. I've known a lot of people who lived that type of lifestyle before they became a Christian and they regretted having the tattoos done because they could never get rid of them and they no longer represented who that person was.
---Debra_H. on 8/2/07

Unless you are living by the OT. laws of Moses, there is no Scriptural evidence to not have one.
But the message that the tatoo gives is a responsibility you have. If you are going to give a bad message, then of course it's wrong. you want to make sure your are not offending the kingdom of God.
---john on 8/2/07

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Historically Judaism prohibited the practice but this has never been carried forward into Christianity. I just don't recommend Tattoos or excessive body piercing because it makes people look grotesque and foolish. If a women wants to have a single piercing on the ear lobes for one set of ear rings that is modest and reasonable. More than that you are pushing the envelop it is never appropriate for Males.
---notlaw99 on 8/2/07

"No," is too simplistic an answer.

The question is, "Why?"

In Ethiopia, it's considered a great display of faith to have beautiful crosses tattooed on the right hand or forehead so you can't take the mark of the beast.
---Jack on 8/2/07

That decision should be up to that person and God, only. If that person believes it isn't wrong to get a tatoo, then between them and God it isn't wrong. No matter what another may think, their words and their beliefs are not God's decision.
---Rebecca_D on 8/1/07

The way I look at it by saying no, you're saying the outer appearance matters more than the inner spirit.
---DJ on 8/1/07

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Many Coptic Christins tatoo a cross in thier right rests as a rememberance of persectution of the 9th till 12th centuries.The coptic christian was forced to wear blue funny clothes and an iron chain around his neck with heavy stone cross".
---Alfred on 8/1/07

Leviticus 19:28

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor TATTOO any marks on you: I am the LORD.
---Holly4jc on 8/1/07

I don't think ANYONE should get a tattoo...they are UGLY!!! Besides, the bible does say not to tattoo your body..of course that is in the Old Testament, which we are not under the Law anymore, but maybe God did not want us to tattoo our body because with so many people tattooing themselves lately, they would have less resistance to taking the "mark" of the beast. Just a thought :-)

Besides, the heathen tribes tattoo and cut themselves as part of their pagan rituals.
---Holly4jc on 8/1/07

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