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Are All Tattoos Bad

Is getting a tattoo sinful?

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 ---Lisa on 11/19/07
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Me and my fiance both have tattoos...we currently decided to follow the Lord and go to church...No one at the church that we go to judge us..and they shouldn't. The only one that should be judging is God himself.
I find it rediculise that many people talk about tattoos being a sin when everyone sins. we are not perfect. That is why Jesus died on the cross for us. So that we can repent from our sins!
---Lilliana on 1/28/08

There are 613 laws in the Old Testament.

The law regarding tattooing is only one of them.

Don't complain about someone not obeying one, unless you obey ALL of them yourself.

(BTW, there is a law against shaving off your sideburns, so unless all of you males who are ranting against tattoos are also wearing wearing your sideburns like the Hasidim, you're being hypocritical.)
---Nancy on 12/16/07

Since people react to tattoos, smoking, in unpredictable ways, a Christian must determine what their audience (Christian and non-Christian) will think about Christians using their person as the example of their admiration or scorn. It's a matter of conscience. Romans 14:1-15.6 (chapter 14 verse 1 through chapter 15 verse 6) discusses matters of conscience and uses food as an example. Christians should thoughtfully examine themselves and modify their appearance or behavior accordingly.
---Chad on 12/5/07

God set Jewish people as a higher standard among the pagan nations, through whom the Messiah would come. Many laws were given to wean them from pagan customs, habits, and appearance.

The NT and Romans emphasizes that we are no longer under that Law. Jesus paid for our sins, so people no longer have to try cleaning themselves to be worthy of being around a holy God. OT made it clear that people could NOT stay clean on their own, so God sent His Son, who could and did live a sinless, clean life.
---Chad on 12/5/07

No, Chad, the Bible DOES not say not to tattoo your body. You need to learn to read for context.

Holly, you're right, to each their own. I don't have a tattoo, and at 52 I probably never will, but there are some beautiful ones . Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
---NurseRobert on 12/4/07

"Yes, the bible says it is a sin to tatoo your body, and they are very ugly."

The verse right next to the one about markings on your body says not to trim the edges of your beard.

Now if you're going to keep one you must keep them all.
---Adam on 12/4/07

Nurse Robert...I can appreciate the artistic talent and creativity of some tattoos, but nevertheless, for me personally, I think they look ugly on a person's body. No matter how artistically creative and well done they are, I just think it looks hideous on a maybe if they were on a canvas, that would be different. To each his own I suppose.
---Holly4jc on 12/3/07

Yes, the bible says it is a sin to tatoo your body, and they are very ugly.
---Chad on 12/3/07

Yes,it misuses the body.
---Jack_fossett on 12/3/07

A number of posters to this threat state that "tattoos are ugly". I beg to differ. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I have some some beautiful body art. (no, I don't have a tattoo!). Some said that tattoos were once the purview of "slaves, druggies and pirates. People would be surprised at the "mainline" people who have tattoos nowdays.

You should not be so quick to judge.
---NurseRobert on 12/3/07

Diane said: Read: Leviticus 19:28. It is disobedience to the law of God no matter what the picture is..

If you're going to quote scripture you need to do it right. The OT law about tattooing was because people of other cultures would cut and tattoo themselves for the dead in order to please their "gods". I don't know anyone today who got a tattoo to please a pagan god.
---NurseRobert on 12/3/07

I must agree, they are very ugly.
I don't care if it's a small rose on your ankle, or a butterfly on your back, it all looks ugly to me.
It's like defacing a beautiful work of art at the Louvre. Why would you want to destroy God's handiwork, it's perfect.
---Chad on 11/30/07

They sure are UGLY!!!
---Holly4jc on 11/30/07


It's not always as black and white as that.
What happens when somebody gets a tattoo of the name "Jesus"? Are they glorifying themselves, or are they properly declaring themselves to be "Christ's Slave"?
---StrongAxe on 11/29/07

We have laws of the land about defacing property with graffiti. No matter how you think, tatooing and piercing the body is defacing God's property. No ands, ifs or buts. Like I've said many times before, are you glorifying God or are you impressing man. Tatoos were once for slaves, pirates and druggies. Today, it's "cool" to have a tatoo or body piercing. What thoughts were in your heart when you decided to have a tatoo or body piercing? To glorify God or yourself?
---Steveng on 11/26/07

I have full tatoo sleeves and everything. all are of biblical meaning. i play in a christian metal band. it seems so many things are unnaceptable in christianity today. lets not let these petty thing overrun us and lets worry about the bigger picture.
---Rick on 11/26/07

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I am not a Pharisee. I am an iconclast. I smash idols people make out of their own beliefs if they worship them more than God himself.

I pointed out the original argument was ridiculous.
If someone ELSE is a Pharisee and says that "Thou shalt not tattoo", I point out that to be consistent, they MUST ALSO say "Thou shalt not shave".

Jesus did this with the woman taken in adultery. He said "Stone her - BUT - whoever is sinless must go first."
---StrongAxe on 11/26/07

When I was small I worried about this. my Pop had one. I was so afraid he would not make heaven. BLA was tattooed on his arm. He was in WWI, But I know when he died he went to heaven. Because Jesus is so faithfull to forgive when we ask.
---bobba8365 on 11/23/07

StrongAxe: "God didn't give us tattoos. He also didn't give us manicures, haircuts, and showers. Would you also encourage people to avoid these things too, because God didn't give them to us?"

You sound like a Pharisee.
---Steveng on 11/23/07

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---bright on 11/23/07

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Ultimately you are correct Strong Axe. I know that in the book of Leviticus it says we should not cut our skin or make any markings, but I do not beleive it to be a sin that keeps one out of Heaven, I do not have any tatoos, and NEVER will, as I want to be more like my Jesus, and He does not have any tatoos, just many stripes and holes, not of His own choice I may add.
---Whisper on 11/21/07

It depends on the person. Obviously if they don't believe in God then the tattoo's would reflect in their beliefs. Where as someone who believes in God would get a tattoo that wasn't offending or distasteful.
---Steven on 11/21/07


You're right. If you're a Jew under the law, getting a tattoo is wrong. So is shaving one's beard, eating pork, mixing linen+wool, etc.

But we're Christians, and no longer bound by the Levitical law.
---StrongAxe on 11/21/07


Unfortunately, the same kind of argument can be applied to many things:
"If God had meant man to fly, he would have given him wings."
"If God had meant man to travel quickly, he would have given him wheels."

God didn't give us tattoos. He also didn't give us manicures, haircuts, and showers. Would you also encourage people to avoid these things too, because God didn't give them to us?
---StrongAxe on 11/21/07

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"Is getting a tattoo sinful?"

---Adam on 11/20/07

Whisper: "God looks at the heart not the skin.... you will not go to hell over tatoos..."

Your thoughts betray you. What were you thinking when you decide to get a tattoo? Was it to glorify God or to impress man? Sure, God looks at the heart, but what was the heart saying about having a tattoo?

Besides, it's a matter of obedience for God said NOT to mark your body.
---Steveng on 11/20/07

We have an 18 yr old, who really wanted one and she waited until she was 18 for it.Still living at home she was subject to our home rules and as submitting to us we decided we would appove and allow her get one. She now has two and love the Lord tremendously. I believe she's of age to allow the Holy Spirit to direct her in what she is convicted of. Let's let God "look upon the heart :)" We, if believers, are then witnesses for HIS chosing. : )
---tracy_rich on 11/20/07

I have a tattoo of a cross in my ear. I did it as a mark of Christ in my life and of his ownership of me. Also, if perchance I am here when the antichrist surfaces, I will have Christ's mark, not his.
---Susan on 11/20/07

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"All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." 1 Cor. 6.12
---Mike_W on 11/20/07

Listen, I want to tell you that it is not good to get tatoos for your health reasons, as if God wanted to give you a tatoo you would have been born with one. However, God looks at the heart not the skin....and NO TATOOS will keep you out of heaven, you will not go to hell over tatoos, but you might get to heaven quicker from the Lupus it is said to cause.
---Whisper on 11/20/07

Gayla - "If it's sinful, a lot of people aren't going to heaven"

Doing selfish, rebellios or foolish things that result in sin does not revoke your heavenly pass. (The prodigal son may have gotten a tattoo for example.)
Moses, David, & Peter all made sinful choices yet they are in heaven.

Being covered by the blood of Christ determines salvation. After salvation we make daily choices to live holy or not. Sometimes we foolishly make sinful choices even if we're covered.
---AG on 11/20/07

That all depends on the person getting the tattoo. Just because it may be wrong for this person it may not be wrong for the other person. If that person is a sinner, then how could it be a sin to them? A person is only judged by God on what they have knowledge of. If a person does get a tattoo, that is between them and God alone. It is no one else's business. Getting a tattoo will not send a person to hell.
---Rebecca_D on 11/20/07

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Read: Leviticus 19:28
It is disobedience to the law of God no matter what the picture is.
---Diana on 11/20/07

If it's sinful, a lot of people aren't going to heaven, but, since we do not earn our salvation by works, then it has nothing to do with being saved, It does however have something to do with being accepted by other church members, many whom frown upon tatoos, not to say they are right, just telling you how it is.It is often hard for one generation to accept what the next considers normal, so it becomes a challange, for the one wearing it & the one doing the accepting or rejecting which is wrong.
---Gayla on 11/19/07

In Lev 19:26-29, we're instructed not to act as the pagans who were tattooing themselves, ect.
In 2Tim 2:20-26 we are instructed to clease ourselves and avoid youthful passions and be set apart.
I haven't seen a example of a tattoo that was honoring to God in either the OT & NT. Therefore I think it's safe to say getting a tattoo falls into the "sinful" category.

Apologies to all my "culturally relavent" brothers & sisters. Just calling it like I see it.
---AG on 11/19/07

There is another blog here on this question that you might want to check out. But IMHO, it doesn't make sense to spend good money on temporary (only a lifetime) art or art that's going to sag. Especially when it brings with it a chance of contracting disease.

But if you do get one, make it something that will be meaningful for your entire life.

And for goodness sake, pay the extra money to get a really good artist. Cheap tattoos are ultra-tacky. (And the risk of disease is even greater.)
---Nancy on 11/19/07

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According to the Law of Moses it is as sinful as shaving your beard. Putting all those laws aside, there is usually a motive and a message with a tatoo. Isn't this the same with everything we do? We can use things for evil or for good. Tatoos are not harmful to the body.Personally, I wouldn't get one but I cannot say it would be sinful any more than putting make up on a face or coloring the hair.
---john on 11/19/07

Doves are white.
Serpents have designs on them.
Some things are obvious.
The word is mocked in every way.

---Frank on 11/19/07

If not a sin it is certainly foolish.
---Mima on 11/19/07

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