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Sin To Redo A Tattoo

Is it a sin to get a tattoo redone that you got before you became a christian?

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 ---kim on 11/29/06
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If a woman who is converted has a tattoo of an ex-bf's name, and she wants to modify the tattoo in some way, eg., from 'Bill' to 'Bible', etc., it is hard to criticize, I guess. (Practical note: one reason why some ppl redo a tattoo is because when it was first inked, the needle didn't go in far enough, and eventually the ink smudges. Some ppl would say, don't ink at all. Fine. Some ppl would say, if you are going to do it at all, make sure the needle inks it into you properly.)
---Mark on 2/4/08

It depends on "why" you want to redecorate a graphic on your skin after becoming a Christian. Is it to turn it into some Christian meaning, or obscure the old meaning somehow? They do have tattoo removals, like laser removal, but you should check on the safety factors and costs. Perhaps the tattoo is not so bad to live with, and it may even open doors to sharing ones faith with other people.
---Eloy on 1/21/08

You've got to ask yourself why you want this tattoo.

Personally, I'd leave it blotchy and old looking, just to show that old things have passed away.
---Pharisee on 1/21/08

Really no one can tell you if this is right or wrong. Well people can but really what they say or think doesn't matter. What matters is what God thinks. and how you feel. If you feel like you have to hide this tattoo from others, your condemned so therefore it is wrong. But really is is between you and God.
---Rebecca_D on 12/2/06

1Cor.6:15, "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ: ...." 1Cor.3:16,"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, & that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? vs17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (see ch6:19). Those + Ro.14:21,"It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak." You CAN, make pretty. Why?
---mikefl on 11/30/06

Donna-you are generalizing and making a pretty offensive statement that tattoos are associated with undesireable people. I am a Christian and have a tattoo that I am very proud of. No one has ever questioned the sincerity of my heart because of the ink on my skin.
---reva on 11/30/06


Good one Jack.
---Pharisee on 11/30/06

Among Ethiopian Christians, it's considered a great act to piety to have a cross tattooed on the forehead or right hand to keep the mark of the beast from going there.

The trouble with a tattoo is that once you have it, you HAVE it.

They might look hot when you're young, but when you're 50 something, you'll look like an unemployed Tilt-a-whirl operator.
---Jack on 11/29/06

If it's naughty, fixing it would be good. Removing it with surgery can be expensive. My father was in the U.S.M.C., he regrets those tattoos now. My uncle was in the Navy, he has a big droopy hoola girl on his upper arm. She's sad looking, she aged right along with my uncle. I hope it turns out alright for you.
---Rachel on 11/29/06

it's not a sin unless you are changing the tattoo for the wrong reason. If you are getting for example an tattoo of a scantly dressed figure clothed in a greater way then by all means put some clothing on the figure. Or if you are riding yourself of satanic or pagan symbols then that's not wrong either. But I don't think tattoos are a sin either.
---Jared on 11/29/06

You are going by an OT. law that says not to make marking on your body. There were hundreds of these laws including not shaving your beard, not travelling on the Sabbath, or touching a menstruous woman,etc,etc. If you are living by these Jewish laws then by all means don't, but if you are a Gentile and/or have been liberated from these laws and find no instruction in the NT. that these are sinful to you then don't worry about it.
---john on 11/29/06

kim, God looks upon the heart of a person. He doesn't judge by outward appearance. However, what would be the purpose of getting the tatoo redone? If you are to be a witness for Jesus, a tatoo can be interpreted by unsaved folks as evil, or demonic or symbolize something of this world, wouldn't it be better to let it fade or have it removed? "avoid all appearance of evil." Not that tatoo's are evil, but they appear to be categorized with gang members, and worldy folk.
---Donna9759 on 11/29/06

Kim: It depends on the kind of tattoo. If it's not sexually explicit or won't dishonor God & damage your testimony for Him in any way, I'd say no -- go for it! Unlike us, God is not superficial. He sees beyond our skin & looks at our heart.
---Leon on 11/29/06

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