• Same as I think of anyone with ink. Either that is interesting and well done and I wounder what motivated them to get that put there, or wow that is horrible what were they thinking. religion is not a factor.
  • What does religion have to do with 'body art'? I don't see any problem.
  • well... if your a christain and you read your bible... it says in leviticus that you are not to mark your body with tattoos or for the dead.
  • You mean of Jewish symbols?! ;-)
  • What a great big Satan's head?
  • I saw that someone quoted a Leviticus passage which speaks of not tattoing/marking for the dead.I think this is a bit different. It has to do with the pagan custom of putting marks of the pagan deities on them and disfiguring themselves when someone died (still practiced in many pagan cultures). But I am not so sure it relates to the practice of tatooing in these days. Certainly, IF a Christian was going to do it, he/she would not make use of pagan or offensive symbols. But as for doing it or not: it's one of those areas that the New Testament does not speak of. In short, it is an area of free will and the individual must make up his/her mind on it, guided by the Spirit. However, when considering it, a Christian must ALWAYS consider the Pauline maxim: I am free in Christ, but I have a responsibility to my brethren. If it would cause a brother or sister to stumble, then it is perhaps not good to do. In those cases, it is "I know I can do it, but I CHOOSE not to, so as to glorify God." Let me give you an example. I am a pastor's wife. As a Christian, I know I am free and not under law. However, I do know that many of the older people in my congregation would not think it nice for a pastor'w wife to have a tattoo, so I haven't got one. I don't want to make them sin, by causing them to worry or gossip. I do have two earrings in each ear: believe me, that, in itself, has caused some rumblings. However, it seems to have settled down, and none of the other pastors have mentioned it since, so I guess whoever was concerned has gotten over it. Had they not, I might have considered, for their sake, taking one set out. After all, my RIGHT to have two earrings is not more important than someone else's walk with Christ.
  • Depends on the tatoos.... I mean, there are tribal tatoos that have certain meanings that would not be all that great for a christian to have permanently inked on their skin. Tatoos still have a religious conotation despite their popularity with the non religious culure of today
  • happens.. so what
  • Why not? It's their body too.
  • Being a Christian or not has nothing to do with getting a tattoo. I have a very strong and close relationship with God, though I don't attend Church anymore, and I have some tats. It is a personal choice, and to me, merely a form of self expression. My latest tat, which my husband and I both have and designed with the artist, is a yin-yang design of both of our son's names. We each lost a son, three years ago, and had the tats done about a year afterward. Since the boys (my eldest son, and my youngest step-son) left us only five weeks apart, my son on Mother's Day, and my step-son on Father's Day, of the same year, we wanted to do something permanent to honor and memorialize them.
  • I think no differently about them than others. The body is only a shell for our inner self and who we truly are is on the inside not our flesh. I attend church every Sunday and I consider myself a christian that has to work very hard on it but I have tats and I plan to get more. I don't think it is wrong unless I get something that is offensive to God on me. I also put them in apporiate places. Like I would never get one across my forehead or anywhere like that.
  • I suppose tattooing them is better than feeding them to the lions!
  • In relation to tattoos, a good test is to determine whether we can honestly, in good conscience, ask God to bless and use the particular activity for His own good purposes. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31). The Bible does not command against tattoos, but it also does not give us any reason to believe God would have us get tattoos. Another issue to consider is modesty. The Bible instructs us to dress modestly (1 Timothy 2:9). One aspect of dressing modestly is making sure everything that should be covered by clothing is adequately covered. However, the essential meaning of modesty is not drawing attention to yourself. People who dress modestly dress in such a way that they do not draw attention to themselves. Tattoos most definitely draw attention. In this sense, tattoos are not modest.
  • I don't think about it at all. Not sure why I would.
  • Whats wrong with that?
  • It's their problem and I couldn't care less. If that keeps them away from me and with their Buybulls in the proper place, I'll cover them in tattoos myself from head to toe
  • Nothing since I am christian and I want at least one tattoo someday. The only problem with me getting a tattoo is the pain since I hate pain.
  • Why? can't a Christian get a tattoo? maybe it is of Jesus?
  • That's one reason I'm jealous of christians. The symbols, especially from the gothic period, are the best fodder for tattoo artists. I love gothic crosses and the crucifictions with the thorny roses. I was even thinking of getting a cross even though I'm not a christian per se. I am still a blank slate cause I can't find any cool non religious designs.
  • Why would it matter? As long as it wasn't a tattoo of something against God, I don't see what the problem would be.
  • Leviticus 19:28 records God's Word to His PEOPLE (believers whether Jew or Gentile). If you read the other 9 verses to the end of the chapter, you will see that times have change. But the Word of the G-d stands forever.
  • singwell: My wife and I probably share your beliefs. And re. your comment about 50 year olds and earrings, my wife will be 50 this year and I don't happen to think it's at all inappropriate for ladies at 50 to pierce two holes in each earlobe... Take care and be encouraged. ............................. 'The "church" doesn't have a problem with the earrings, just a few of the older people, who mentioned it to one of the pastors, who just rolled his eyes when he told me. None of the other pastors would have a problem with them. I think it is more that I am 50 years old that makes two sets of earrings stand out...but I am a left of centre type of person and I think that people are getting used to me. I suspect that my singing (rock gospel),comedic acting at services, my doing a clown act for the end of year spectacular, and my bringing my ventriloquist puppets to church has probably sent the earrings to the back burner. LOL'
  • As long as they are tastefully done, I see no problem with anyone having tattoos.
  • same as obesity, smoking, drugs, alcohol, etc. 1's no different than the other....God gave us our bodies and we are supposed to take care of it...but hey, we all deal with this personally, cause Christain are not , we're ALL sinners...some are gluttons and some starve themselves...
  • Jews are not supposed to... I believe the law was specific to them and thats why if a jew dies with one, they usually have it removed before preparing the body for death. The bible is chock full of this and that pertaining to what everyone is to and not to do concerning almost everything. I had a Christian scoff at me the other day for not being legally married. You know what my favorite scripture for people like this is? "Judge not, lest ye be judged." She wears make-up, she curses, she takes the lords name in vain and she drinks like a fish and therefore has no room to judge me for the things she see's fit to abide by in her life concerning the scriptures. Christians are the biggest hypocrites and finger pointers in the religious world! FACT!
  • i dont see anything wrong with it i am a christian and i ahve 4 tattoos i got a new one today. my tattoos dont make me any less of a christian then others and god loves me and my tattoos!!!!
  • What about it? Is there something wrong with that?

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