Should Christians get tattoos?

Now more than ever a large part of society has embraced tattoos.

From movies stars to fashion models, to sports figures, and to the average Joe, someone will be seen with one or many tattoos.

I’ve heard several reasons why people get them, some consider it a cool thing, others say they love the sensation feeling they get. But most say it expresses their personality.

Then there are those who believe it’s a rebellious act that’s spiritual. Let’s take a brief look at the history of tattoos.

HISTORY OF TATTOOING

Tattoo-bearing Egyptian and Libyan mummies have been found that date back hundreds of years before the time of Christ. Many believe tattooing originates in Egypt back to the days of the Pharaohs.

It’s said that tattoos shows a person’s declaration of love and/or religious beliefs but it was mainly a female practice that symbolized prostitution.

Tattoos considered so exotic that they became a part of circuses and fairs during the 18th and 19th centuries.

CHRISTIANITY

There is no consistent Christian view on tattooing. Christians who wear tattoos believe it’s fine as long as the image isn’t sacrilege or obscene.

Today we Christians aren’t under the Law of Moses causing confusion with the scripture Leviticus 19:28. The reason I don’t have any is because of the fear of me becoming old with wrinkled tattoos not a good look.  Seriously, I don’t think it’s a good idea to put ink in the human body. But that’s just me.

An important question remains, is having a tattoo a form of pagan and worldly worship still forbidden by God today?  I believe it’s a personal decision and whether we have one or not nobody going to hell because of it.  I know some Christians disagree with me so please share your thoughts with us and let us know what you think.

Should Christians get tattoos? Yes or No. The floor is open.

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  1. My husband has my name inside a heart on his left arm and the face of Jesus on his left arm /JESUS below it. It has been a great witnessing tool for him. He tells everyone they are the 2 loves of his life. First Jesus then me.

    • Thank you Kathy for sharing. Amazing story! I think too many people get cause up in religous rather than building a personal relationship with God.

      • I too agree with you Vernon. It isn’t about religion, religion will kill you. It is about our hearts, minds and souls relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Blessings to you Vernon from our Lord God Almighty. Kathy

        • May God bless you and yours also Kathy. And I thank you for the idea on another post coming soon called “Religion will kill you”..I will mention you in the post. Thanks!

  2. Ok, here goes. I am probably giving the unpopular OPINION here. So I certainly pray that I do not offend anyone.

    I don’t feel that it is a question of religion or even tradition. We all know what the word tells us about tattoos in 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.

    Many people say that was under the Mosaic law and does not apply now. However, there is another principle that applies – not only do we love what God loves, we have to hate what God hates. The habits, laws, customs and rituals of the ‘other nations’ were an abomination unto God and he hated it. The custom of cutting and marking their bodies was a custom of the other nations. You read repeatedly where God instructed the children of Israel to utterly destroy all the belongings of the other nations so that they would have no remembrance of their ways. Look at why that particular thing was forbidden. It was a paganistic ritual followed by those that did not follow God; did not even know who God was. They used markings and cuttings in their ritual practices of mourning their dead and in serving their gods.

    How God feels about it is finally summed up in Deuteronomy 12:30-31, Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying , How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hates , have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

    Remember when God called the Israelites out, he said that thru them, ALL nations will know who He is. He told them that they had to be separate and holy unto Him; a peculiar [different] people. They COULD NOT do anything that the pagan, heathen, or gentile nations were doing.

    That same principle applies today – Isreal is symbolic of the church and ‘gentiles’ are symbolic of the world. Thus, we, the church are to be separate from the world. When we give our life to Christ, we are to come out from among them, be separate, peculiar [different] and holy.

  3. I’ve heard it said that in some environments, not having tattoos makes a person invisible or the value of their testimony worth somewhat less than a person who does have tattoos – they can be a great witnessing tool to get the door open in these cases – especially if the tattoos are a part of a person’s story as they came to faith. People keep on telling me that “anything that doesn’t come from faith is sin” I’m not sure where that’s from, but if you don’t consider it a sin, then you shouldn’t feel guilty for having or getting them. If you do consider it a sin, then you shouldn’t get one, but you shouldn’t judge any christian who does have one as being sinful. It’s sort of like what the NT says about “everything is permissible” but “not everything is beneficial.”

    • Wow! Now that’s interesting. We learn something new every day. Personally,my pain and God’s grace is my testimony. I really appreciate you sharing this with us because it shows that some people need to learn how to enjoy life a little.

  4. I have a rather simplistic view on it. I do have a tattoo which I got way before I was saved. If I had to do it over again, I would never get one. I believe God made us just the way we should be and I am His beautiful creation- nothing to add or take away. I am also a Jewish believer so look to the Old Testament for guidance which was discussed earlier and well said by Candy. But I also would not judge anyone that has one, and would only speak on the subject if they asked.

    Blessings to you today love, great discussion 🙂

    M

  5. I always wanted one. Woulda loved to have gotten one for my 30th bday. But I wasn’t yet married and I was afraid of what my future mom-in-law would think (remember how TRADITional most Koreans are). She turned out to be more hip than I. LOL.

  6. LOL…Nothing like a cool mother-in-law.

  7. I personally don’t like tattoos, I find them tacky and permanent which is something that scares me… getting a tattoo of the cheshire cat on my back scares me, as when I am 50 I am almost certain I will regret it. My father is a pastor, as is my mother. Mum doesn’t have an issue with them, although she would prefer I didn’t get one. Dad says over his dead body.

    I think, as a christian, we want to look at our testimony and our ability to shine Jesus’ light in the world and draw people to Christ. If a tattoo is seen to be helpful in the situation and you don’t have a conviction, go for it. But personally I don’t see the need for Christians to have tattoos. I don’t see anything going directly against it either though 🙂

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