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Is Cutting Ones Body OK

I am 17 and I cut myself. I heard that it's bad to have permanent markings on our bodies, that's why I don't want any tattoos. But is cutting an acception? Where in the Bible does it say this?

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i have lost alot when i was young...i picked up the habit to cut..when i get sad or feel like ive hurt someone i allways refer to cutting... i belive god would help me to stop but i also think he helps me rid the pain that ive been thru...the indians cut once a month in groups to rid the bad spirits in there blood..strange i will never get tattoos or anything crazy like that but i pray for the lord to guide me and keep me safe and he allways does.
---grim on 10/17/11

Lev 19:28 talks about not cutting yourself or putting marks on yourself for the dead. I guess the pagans used to do that in grief. But it's not God's way. You'll regret the scars later, I did.
---Todd on 5/20/08

The scripture is found in Lev 19:28 forbidding tattoos and cutting of one's flesh. It is caused by the influence of Satan in this world, and is the effect of serious sexual, emotional or physical abuse.
To forgive the abuser will set you completely free and change your life. Jesus will teach you how.
---Diana on 11/20/07

Blessings manda and everyone, why are you doing this? I know someone that is close to me that self-mutilates their body, and I am trying to get help for this person. I would suggest Christian counciling because you have to get to the root of the problem. God loves you, and He does not want you to harm yourself. Please get into counciling. God bless you my friend!
---Cynthia on 11/18/07

Cutting is like anorexia or bulemia--it is a cry for help. Please get it, before permanent damage is set in.

And be careful--there has been so much about cutting in the media lately it's almost become a fashion. But physically harming oneself is never cool, no matter what others may try to make you think.

(And if you're still in doubt, remember, if somebody else did that to you, they'd be arrested. So how wise could it be to do it to yourself?)
---Nancy on 11/9/07

What you are doing is not okay with God. You are harming your body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit of God. Would you paint grafitti on a church? Of course not. Yet, you are cutting into your own flesh in order to deal with negative emotions that you don't want to deal with in a healthy way.

God has a better way for you to deal with your feelings. Ask your parents to get you an appointment with a therapist who is licensed and experienced with teens.
---Madison on 11/3/07

whether cutting, marking or scarring is a no no to God..Leviticus 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings on your flesh for the dead nor porint any marks upon you. I am the Lord..Remember dear, your body is the temple of the Holy doing so, you are defiling it...God gave you a beautiful body...why mess it up..just think, those markings will not help you get a future husband..will it? and how are you going to explain it if you do?
---jana on 8/27/06

Cutting is not the issue here, SIV is. I am a middle school resource teacher. We have had several self-mutilators on our team over the last few years. I took a razor away from one of our girls last year. Please, please, seek help to find out the reason behind this behavior. It won't go away by itself. Studies show that is typically a 10 yr cycle. I'm praying for you. (magga7345)
---Maggie on 3/18/06

Thanks to all those who have explained it. I've never heard about it before.
---A_Catholic on 3/18/06

As a Counselor and a Survivor of Abuse, please understand that you need help to get to the real reason for why you cut yourself. There are so many different, and self-destructive ways that we use to cry out for attention ... for help. When you cut yourself, that is exactly what you are doing. Please Sweet Jesus help this person to know that you love them, and enable them to get the help they need to be healed emotionally, physically, and Spiritually.
---Vel on 3/18/06

Catholic: A person cuts themselves in order to cope with emotional pain. The physical pain that is induced overshadows the emotional pain and brings temporary relief. People who usually cut themselves have not been taught to deal with negative emotions like anger and depression. The scars are reminders to the person.
---Madison on 3/18/06

A Catholic; cutting oneself means that this person is cutting their arms or any type of the their body for various reasons.
---Rebecca_D on 3/18/06

A Catholic--Young people who are "cutters" deliberately cut themselves with a razor blade or other sharp instrument, over and over. They may cut any part of the body. They can tell you it is to make their emotional pain into a physical pain.
---Donna on 3/18/06

A Catholic ,,, it is literally just what it says, cutting oneself ... with a blade.
---alan_of_uK on 3/18/06

I asked before but no one answered. Could you please tell me what cutting oneself mean? Thanks.
---A_Catholic on 3/18/06

Not trying to dodge question, what is motive behind the cutting of yourself? Its the chance of infections and sickness you can get when you continuously cut yourself. You need to let you body heal up. In addition, as a Christian, your Body is the Temple of which God resides.
---Paul on 3/17/06

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I don't know if having permanent markings on your body is wrong or not. But you are not cutting yourself to make marks on your body. You are cutting to cause yourself physical pain. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? When Jesus was on earth he helped and healed people and He still wants to do that for you.You can tell Him what's hurting you INSIDE. He said "him that comes to me, I will in never drive out"(John 6:37) Talk to Him, please.
---Donna on 3/17/06

Manda. In Leviticus 21:5 It says not to make cuttings in the flesh. But it also says not to make baldness on the head or shave the beard, and the list goes on. In the New Testament we are no longer under these laws but are told that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. In reality, our bodies belong to the Lord. Could cutting yourself benefit your relationship with Him? Later in life, you may feel sorry becasue of ugly scarring. Please consider carefully.
---john on 3/17/06

Why would you want to cut yourself? This isn't good at all. Any type of cut can leave a scar, but not always. The only thing that I have found in the bible about cutting is, where a man who was possessed by a demon and he was cutting himself. I'm not saying you are possessed, but that is what I found on a person cutting themselves in the bible.
---Rebecca_D on 3/17/06

Leviticus 19:25 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.
Mark 5:2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,Mark 5:5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and CUTTING himself with stones.
---Rev_Herb on 3/17/06

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Amanda :Read Leviticus 19:28 1n the King James Bible .Where The Lord tell us not to make any cutting on the body or print any marks which means tattos .Pastor Danny in the friendship of the love and compassion of Jesus Christ
---Pastor_Danny on 3/17/06

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If permanent markings per se were bad, then surgical intervention itself would make most of us sinners. More importantly here is why you cut yourself. Jesus was wounded so you could receive healing, health, and strength. Those wounds He took not only marked Him outwardly but also inwardly as bruising. The redemption we have in Christ Jesus heals as much inwardly as it does outwardly.
---Linda on 3/17/06

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