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!
4 I was very glad to find some of your children walking in the truth, in keeping with a command we have received from the Father. 5 So now I urge you, dear lady—not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love.[c]
7 Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.[d] This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves so you don’t lose what we[e] have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it, does not have God. The one who remains in that teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home, and don’t say, “Welcome,” to him; 11 for the one who says, “Welcome,” to him shares in his evil works. 2 John 1:4-10
But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 1 Corinthians 5:11
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord. Proverbs 17:15
We don’t hear a great deal about these scriptures do we? Why? Because people want you to accept what Jesus does not accept.
In our day and age of “tolerance” there is much intolerance. Jesus loves EVERYONE, just as we are to love EVERYONE. But, as our scriptures show us, love is defined in the Bible by walking in God’s commandments, love is not to accept sin. If we do, we too can be tricked into a viewpoint, a sinful attitude that the Bible is clearly against. Jesus went to the home of many “sinners”, but as you can see when He left they were “sinners” no more.
The Demoniac of Gadara, the home of Zacheus, the evil tax collector, the woman at the well that had many husbands, the woman caught in adultery by the Pharisees who demanded she be stoned are just a few of the examples. But let us not stop there! In EVERY single one of these cases, they all were changed the very day they met Jesus and turned their lives AND their LIFE STYLES around!
The man possessed of so many demons they called themselves “legion” because there were so many, was saved and transformed by Jesus. He is the first recorded pastor in the Bible! Zacheus, who taxed beyond the proper measure so he could fill his own pockets, gave back all plus more than he had taken from the people. He became a very generous giver instead of a taker! The woman who had, had multiple husbands and lived with one who she wasn’t married to, was told to “Go and sin no more” and that is what she did! She left her perverse sexual lifestyle. The woman caught in adultery was so moved by the love of Jesus, she cried out to Him and He saved her soul and body from death! She was moved by His compassion, not by tolerance of sin!
If Jesus had tolerated the wrong, He would have made it look like it was right. No way could Jesus do that or even consider it. I find it so funny that today, we are expected not to tolerate sin but to ACCEPT it! If we don’t, we are “haters”. But oddly, the very people who cry foul the loudest tend to be the least tolerant of all!
Tolerate me in my sin, but you offend me if you pray, speak the name of Jesus, post the ten commandments, speak openly of your Christianity, yet if you don’t give me rights to my sin you have been unjust! You have violated my rights! You are judgemental!! Let me openly and freely practice what I believe as a non-Christian, but you are not allowed to do the same! Is this tolerance? Is this equality? Where and how is this fair?
In becoming “tolerant” the door has been opened to a grave “intolerance”. I will do to you what I don’t want done to me! Tolerance? I don’t even see common sense in this!
A Christian is responsible to the Word of God. I don’t condone any form of rejecting someone for their beliefs and opinions, BUT the Bible says to give the love of Jesus, give the Gospel and if they refuse it to go IN PEACE and take it to a household that will receive it with peace!
Be careful in your “tolerance” it doesn’t turn to leaving the soundness of the Word and turn into acceptance and approval. And, if you aren’t a Christian, be careful you do not practice and become what you have accused others of being and doing. Think about it for a bit and see if you are giving the same respect you have wanted to be given to you.
Blessings, dear reader. Go in peace, and go in wisdom! I will see you next time! Simply, Juliana
1 Lord,[a] I turn to You.[b] 2 My God, I trust in You. Do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me. 3 No one who waits for You will be disgraced; those who act treacherously without cause will be disgraced.
4 Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths. 5 Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, Your compassion and Your faithful love, for they have existed from antiquity.[c] 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my acts of rebellion; in keeping with Your faithful love, remember me because of Your goodness, Lord.
8 The Lord is good and upright; therefore He shows sinners the way. 9 He leads the humble in what is right and teaches them His way. 10 All the Lord’s ways show faithful love and truth to those who keep His covenant and decrees. 11 Because of Your name, Yahweh, forgive my sin, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will show him the way he should choose. 13 He will live a good life, and his descendants will inherit the land.[d] 14 The secret counsel of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He reveals His covenant to them. 15 My eyes are always on the Lord, for He will pull my feet out of the net.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am alone and afflicted. 17 The distresses of my heart increase;[e] bring me out of my sufferings. 18 Consider my affliction and trouble, and take away all my sins. 19 Consider my enemies; they are numerous, and they hate me violently. 20 Guard me and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in You. 21 May integrity and what is right watch over me, for I wait for You.
22 God, redeem Israel, from all its distresses.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Romans 14:10 “Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
(12) And so each of us shall give an account of himself – give an answer in reference to judgment – to God.
(13) Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.” (The Amplified Bible)
A critical spirit is one of the most used baits of satan! He loves to point out things that “bug” you about everyone in the church, or just brothers and sisters in general. Let me use as an example the praise team at your church. The devil really likes to pick on them because he was the head praise angel and when he was kicked out of heaven and disgraced himself he not only fell from great heights, but he knows first hand the power of praise!
Let us say you are in church. They sing a song and you don’t agree with the total “theology” of that song. You find you can no longer concentrate on God and your love and adoration of Him, all you can think is about that one song! It runs over and over and over in your head! You don’t even hear anything else this has you so bothered. You leave the service and tell your friend or spouse about how you just can’t stand the music at that church. You begin to point out what you have noticed. No one else thought about it to the extent you did. They were able to stay focused on God and move on. Now suddenly they begin to notice and what was once rich in the anointing for them takes on a new light, and unfortunately, a disappointing and darker light. Now, they are pulled out of the anointing by what you said. Their focus has been flawed by a fault-finding spirit. Soon you can no longer go to that church. What has happened? A critical spirit has come into your thinking and it has spread!
It doesn’t stop at church. It isn’t long until the people around you and their faults begin to bother you. They may be 98 per cent wonderful but that 2 per cent sticks out as though there was a spotlight shining on it! Satan has you looking at everything that doesn’t suit you just right!! You begin to see all the negative things at work. They needle you terribly! The supervisor, who you once really liked, begins to bother you. The faults of your spouse, children, and other loved ones begin to get on your nerves. Every little thing becomes huge! It literally drives you away from the blessings of God and your relationship with God and others.
Do you know you can literally think yourself right out of love with your own mate? You begin to concentrate on all they don’t do, instead of what they do. You may say, “Well, they DON’T do much!” But they had to have done something you loved or you wouldn’t have fallen in love with them to begin with! I knew a woman once that did this. She was a cosmetologist and business owner where I would get my nails done. She had adored her husband. Suddenly, reality of life set in and the “honeymoon” was over. I watched her think about every single negative thing she could find about him. Then she began to vent it to those around her! It wasn’t long until they were divorced. What happened? She took her focus off of the good and placed it on the “negative”. Someone she was once head over heels in love with, she now detested the sight of them and it all started in her thought life!
The Bible does tell us to look out for certain things! It tells us a little leaven spoils the whole loaf. But, this is talking about SIN, not things that get on your nerves. Not all people are going to know what you know. Not all are going to be walking in victory. They aren’t walking in victory, not because they don’t want to, but because they don’t know HOW to! God may have sent you to that church to share and bring the blessing of the knowledge He has given you, but you were unable to be effective because your focus and what you were looking at rendered you ineffective and literally drove you away! You not only didn’t complete your assignment God gave you, you didn’t even get started with it! You played right into the devil’s hands! Fault finding is a fast developing habit and it will render you fruitless and harmless to the enemy. It is a snare! Outsmart him. Your focus is GOD and HIS WORD and keeping it progressing on the inside of you. I promise you, God will deal with others. I’m like Joyce Meyer on this…thank God He has not called me to be the “watchdog of the church”!
Why do you think God has taught you everything He has? It wasn’t to hide it under a bushel, but to spread the knowledge, love, and mercy of God to those who have no idea of it, even in certain churches! God sends us to catch the fish, let us leave the cleaning of the fish up to Him! You will be so much happier and so will all around you. God specifically orders this in the Word. There was a study done by a group of psychiatrists some time back. They took people who were prone to nervousness and began to study commonalities among them. The number one thing they found that every one of them shared was a critical, fault-finding attitude! It literally led to mental illness! When God commands us to do certain things and not do certain things, it runs far deeper than we realize. He is literally protecting us from things we have no idea of.
Have you fallen into a critical spirit, precious reader? I have before! Let us pray together and get it under the blood so we can flourish and love as we never have before. Pray with me if you feel led:
Father God, I come to you and confess I have focused on things I should not have. I ask you forgive me, in the name of Jesus! I ask you cleanse me by the blood of the lamb and have mercy and give grace to me where I have failed you. Set my thinking in line with your word! Draw me ever closer to you! I bind the mind of Christ to my mind. I think thoughts that are pleasing in your sight! I refuse to be a critic!! I ask you for wisdom and discernment when satan tries to bring a critical spirit upon me. Thank you for cleansing me, Father. Thank you that 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness!” Thank you, Father I am back in right standing with you and you use me for YOUR glory and honor. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray! AMEN (YES AND SO BE IT)!!
Praise God! Go out, dear reader and you will be effective for the cause of Christ!! Blessings in abundance to you! I will see you next time!