She [Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
I have truly wondered about this question. I, personally, am not for tattoos. Not because I think it is a sin, but because they are permanent and it just isn’t me! In fact, it is NOT a sin to get a tattoo, but is it wise to get one? I did find some answers that satisfied me and the point was proven quite well. The link I found most helpful is http://www.gotquestions.org/tattoos-sin.html. Let’s dig in and answer these questions!
In Leviticus 19:28 it states, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD”. The Israelites found themselves among pagans in another land. God wanted them to stay separate from ‘paganism’ and He gave this command for that reason. It is not found, to my knowledge, that tattoos are addressed as wrong or sinful or in any other way in the New or Old Testament! For you to have solid doctrine, you must find it in at least 3 places in the Bible and in the Old and New Testament!
My good friend, ‘proverbsgirl.wordpress.com’ did bring a good point out on this subject and I feel it must be considered in finding truth to this question. She writes, ”What are the motives for the tattoo? Am I seeking to glorify God or draw attention to myself? Will the tattoo cause someone who is weak in the faith to stumble? We’re called not to love the things of this world, tattoos are worldy. This is a tough one, I really thinks it’s a matter of motivation. I’d say, the BEST way to know for sure is to pray and ask God to reveal it – He’ll convict us when we seek His will and guidance.”
If we are tattooing our bodies out of vanity, to draw attention to ourselves, or to “glorify” our bodies in any way, that is the sin. We must remember there are other things we may never question that is sin, too.
Let us look more closely from a health standpoint. Nobody is calling me “Twiggy“ today! It is a definite sin to overeat and overindulge when you know you could harm your body! The same goes for any sin that damages our bodies that God clearly tells us is the “temple of the Holy Spirit“. I found out in my research, if you get a tattoo, you cannot give blood to your own mother for a year after you have been tattooed (if it is not a regulated and licensed tattoo establishment) because this is where many hepatitis C cases show up and even AIDS can be transferred in this manner. Someone offered me some information since I first wrote this article letting me know there is a difference in tattoo establishments that are regulated and licensed and those that are not. The regulated and licensed tattoo establishments are allegedly considered safe because they must meet government guidelines in sanitation and sterilization. Those that are not regulated can be very dangerous! Let me tell you why. Although the needles may be sterilized, the ink bags are not. When you get a tattoo, the blood that seeped back up into the ink bag, now is going into your body from a source that has not been tested as a carrier of disease. You could be opening yourself up for the enemy to have an open door to make you ill through contamination. It is for this reason we don’t smoke, overeat, misuse medicines, etc.. We are never to knowingly open a door the enemy would try to take advantage of! Always weigh in on the side of caution!
If you are tattooed, I do not in any way feel or think less of you, just as I would hope you would not feel or think less of me because I am not. This is a good lesson in becoming more aware of God’s voice and letting Him lead you in the direction you should go. None of us should be judged on outward appearance. God looks solely upon our hearts. Someone could be covered in tattoos and be a much better Christian than someone who wears a suit day in and day out, and would never be tattooed but would judge and look down their noses at someone who is! In looking at someone’s appearance over the fact they are saved or unsaved, we have missed the whole point!
Will I now go out and get a tattoo? Absolutely not! I hate needles and God has specifically told me it is not right FOR ME! Am I going to frown upon you if you do? Absolutely not! Be sure, though, in any and every thing you do you have used God’s wisdom and you have prayed and sought God’s direction on it.
Blessings to you, dear reader! I will see you soon!
1 Lord, I seek refuge in You; let me never be disgraced. 2 In Your justice, rescue and deliver me; listen closely to me and save me. 3 Be a rock of refuge for me, where I can always go. Give the command to save me, for You are my rock and fortress. 4 Deliver me, my God, from the power of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and oppressive. 5 For You are my hope, Lord God, my confidence from my youth. 6 I have leaned on You from birth; You took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is always about You. 7 I have become an ominous sign to many, but You are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is full of praise and honor to You all day long.
9 Don’t discard me in my old age; as my strength fails, do not abandon me. 10 For my enemies talk about me, and those who spy on me plot together, 11 saying, “God has abandoned him; chase him and catch him, for there is no one to rescue him.” 12 God, do not be far from me; my God, hurry to help me. 13 May my adversaries be disgraced and destroyed; may those who seek my harm be covered with disgrace and humiliation. 14 But I will hope continually and will praise You more and more. 15 My mouth will tell about Your righteousness and Your salvation all day long, though I cannot sum them up. 16 I come because of the mighty acts of the Lord God; I will proclaim Your righteousness, Yours alone.
17 God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still proclaim Your wonderful works. 18 Even when I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me. Then I will[a] proclaim Your power to another generation, Your strength to all who are to come. 19 Your righteousness reaches heaven, God, You who have done great things; God, who is like You? 20 You caused me to experience many troubles and misfortunes, but You will revive me again. You will bring me up again, even from the depths of the earth. 21 You will increase my honor and comfort me once again. 22 Therefore, I will praise You with a harp for Your faithfulness, my God; I will sing to You with a lyre, Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You because You have redeemed me. 24 Therefore, my tongue will proclaim Your righteousness all day long, for those who seek my harm will be disgraced and confounded.
And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the Lord: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers. Deuteronomy 6:18 KJV