Christianity and tattoos.
Can someone explain this to me?
I know you have to treat your body as if it a temple, that your body really isn't yours, and that the bible states that you shouldn't tattoo yourself. I am confused because I know Christians that have tattoos and some of my Christian friends even have verses tattooed on them. I just want know the correct view on this and what you would say to me if I wanted a tattoo. I want to get Isiah 43:2 tattooed because hearing that verse transformed my whole life, basically.
I apologize for my ignorance.
Don’t feel ignorant! This is a question that a lot of Christians have. I still struggle with it myself. Many people believe that tattoos were banned in the Old Testament because they were a symbol of witchcraft and pagan worship. In those times, God wanted to set His people apart as a pure, holy nation. Having such a mark on your body would not reflect that. A lot of Christians believe that this rule doesn’t apply to us anymore, just like the laws about eating certain foods or wearing two types of fabric on your body.
My personal belief is that it’s OK for us to get tattoos as long as we are doing it for the right reason. A scripture-based tattoo is awesome because it’s a reminder and a display of your faith. It’s also a great way to show the love of Christ to others. :)
I think it’s wonderful that you want to do this! I would definitely pray about it first, but I think that it’s a great idea.
People nowadays expect prayer to do things that it doesn’t need to do. Instead of praying for someone on their deathbed to be healed we should be praying that they would be saved and walk with their lord and saviour; instead of praying for better marks on a test we need to be praying for greater concentration; instead of praying for greater understanding we should pray that the opportunities to grow in understanding become more apparent to us. God changes people who change the world, he doesn’t work as much through miracles and the physical anymore. Why would you when there are people who want to grow in their relationship with you?
I really like the example of prayer in Evan Almighty. Evan’s wife prays that the family would come close together or something similar and later ‘God’ explains that he won’t just make that happen but he will present us with more opportunities for us to make it happen. That way we actually grow in faith instead of being simply ‘upgraded’ for want of a better term.
Start thinking about what you’re ask God for. Make it things that involve you growing in faith, pray for chances to grow in your faith, pray for greater awareness of others and opportunities to show them God’s love.
I’ve been thinking a lot about people who don’t believe in God because it seems unbelievable. That all the things that happened, that all the miracles and what have you couldn’t have happened. That all of it was some grand hoax pulled by many men over the course of so many years. That they were…
Maybe you never thought of this, but you should know that drug use opens you up to spiritual attack. Some Indians used to use peyote and other “natural” substances, like marijuana to get high so that they could speak to their spiritual guides. I can tell you right now that…
“To be honest, this question grieves me because I feel that it represents a much bigger issue than simply a couple SF tunes. In true Socratic form, let me ask you a few questions: Does Lewis or Tolkien mention Christ in any of their fictional series? Are Bach’s sonata’s Christian? What is more…
I have a love I can’t explain. It’s greater than what any human can ever give me. I wish I could explain this love to you, but it’s hard to describe. Just know that once you experience the love of Jesus, nothing else in your life will ever be the same again. I can promise you that. It opens up new…
To many people nowadays fail to grasp the concept of what a God; or God actually is. Our society and even the church has helped to reduce a God to anything that has power over you, we’ve reduced it to a common word that people use when they’ve done something they regret or because they’re surprised or because they don’t know what else to say. There was a day when no-one could use God’s name but the temple priests. He was Yahweh, the great I Am or lord God almighty. Now the same words we use to pray and praise are used to cuss and complain.
Because of the popularity of the idea that God is our friend we’ve lost focus on the fact that this ‘friend’ was is and forever will be the creator and up-keeper of the universe in which we live. That he knows all the troubles that has, are and ever will befall us and that he paid the ultimate price for them by dying on the cross for us. We forget that he is the same God that smote the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah and that he is the same God who threw the devil from heaven. Our god is frightening, his name scatters demons! Where has our original reverential fear gone?
Today people relegate God to something that isn’t a God. They forget what being a God means. Which is that there IS NO BOUNDS. He can do everything you could imagine in less time it takes for you to imagine it. He created one of the only things that we are truly bound by: time. He exists, don’t bind him into tenses. He doesn’t have a plan, this universe is the plan. There is nothing that you could do that isn’t already predicted, calculated and implemented.
I know that the idea of everything being unchangeable can be hard to cope with. But take comfort in the fact that there is nothing your heavenly father can’t do and that he will never do anything to hurt you. That isn’t to say that there is no way you will get hurt. The world is not one sided; there are people and things that work against the tranquility of our lives. They throw the things that hurt into your way. I believe God doesn’t remove them because he knows that all we have to do is trust him. For he can do anything and will come to our help if we call.
I do not claim to understand god, or know what he intends. After this post that would seem hypocritical. All I am doing here is sharing my thoughts/beliefs/opinions.
I went outside a few minutes ago and I decided to lay down on my driveway. The sun was shining and it just felt like a good opportunity to relax. As I stared at the sky, I was struck by its magnificence… huge, puffy, bright-white clouds drifting across a bright blue backdrop. I thought to myself, Why don’t I do this more often? This is such a beautiful view! The sky is always there and to some degree, we are aware of it. But we rarely take the time to just look up and admire it. It’s the same with God… we know that He’s up there, but we never think to turn our eyes to Him and just marvel at His glory. :)
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
I’m being conditioned. I’ve fought God a few times in my 6 year walk, we all have, we do, and will. I mean Jonah ran. In the wrong direction. God is pouring down blessing in 2011, even if you don’t feel it, you are blessed, you are being blessed at this very moment.
Conditioning, let him work in you, let him invade your heart. He so loves you, I know it’s scary but you get comfort, and strength while he does this. I can’t explain to mush because the Holy Spirit is priceless you can not put it into words
Be conditioned. Don’t run, let him love on you in ways you never thought to be possible. Did you know God is a hopeless romantic? I didn’t, I was running from his love.
Be conditioned. Let him turn you into a warrior, let him introduce you to the real you. It’s going to hurt, yes it will. While he does this in you life, You’ll fall so in love with this man.
Be conditioned. Let it go. It’s a process, it take work, it takes tears, anger.I found myself yelling at God, and getting comfort. hm I can’t express to you how i feel right now. I feel so blessed, I feel special. I feel loved.
I am not worthless… He will use me. Us, for the victory.
As our activity level increases (hopefully), I just thought it would be good to remind everyone that you should sign your name or username if you want people to know who you are. OR you can submit your post as a question and then it will automatically display your username. Sorry that this is so confusing :(
I’m Grace. I’m almost 17 and I’ve gone to church most of those years. I was saved as a child, but I don’t think I realized what that meant until I was in middle school. Now I’m trying my very best to further my relationship with Christ, who is all that matters. I mess up every day, but He always forgives me. I want so badly to be able to reach out to people and show them God’s love. I want to give up myself and become consumed with God. I am not ashamed of His presence in my life.
Michael. 18 in October. Born/raised in the Salvation Army. Realised my saviour at age 16. That was when I started seeking and learning. I’ve done things that I’m not proud of. I’d die if you knew. I want MORE out of life. I’m not content. I’m not perfect. I prefer what I see to photos cause then I’m not reminded how I look. I’m a youth leader at my church. I want to show Jesus’ love through example. Idk what I’m called for yet. I want to give everything but continue to cling. I try to do the right thing.
Today I was in my church’s Sunday School, zoning out as usual under the intoxicating influence of french vanilla creamer-infused coffee. Most people weren’t listening as we discussed plans and goals in life, which I believe was supposed to have something to do with the book of James. Disinterest settled in the room like lazy flies.
(lolololol at my descriptive language. i just turned in a personal narrative last week so don’t make fun of me. okay i’m going to stop now because this is supposed to be a serious post)
Somehow, we got to the topic of regret, and regretting things both big and small. One kid shared a story (that I hadn’t heard previously, I don’t know if any of you guys have) about a guy who lived twenty miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge. He decided that he would walk the twenty miles to the bridge to kill himself. If one person that he met on the way smiled at him, one person, he would turn back.
Not a single person smiled at him.
And so he committed suicide.
The kid who told the story told us that now he tries to be as cheerful with people as he can, because you never know what’s going on in their lives, and he doesn’t want to have to regret being indifferent towards them. And that got me thinking about the route I take to the cafeteria every day at school, which passes by the special education room. Each day, two or three of the kids stand outside and wave, smiling, to every kid who passes. No one acknowledges their existence. I usually look down cowardly, pretending to rearrange my books.
Tomorrow, and each day after that, I plan to smile back, looking them back in the eye, and wave.
So, readers, I’d like to pass this challenge on to you. Whether it’s something huge or something small, step out of your comfort zone and do something that is showing, not telling, your faith. Erase your regrets for not doing the right thing.
"My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long— though I know not how to relate them all" Psalms 71:15
Everyone who reads this should all write and submit a ~100 word testimony of your life in Christ. do it by using the ask interface so that you don’t have to sign off and I know Grace will chuck it up here as soon as she sees it :D
Testimonies are powerful things, they are a snapshot of what your life has been, what your life is like, and where you think your life could be going. If you’ve never heard of a testimony before it’s your life’s story, only in this case it’s gunna be really short (close to 100 words) and about your walk with god.
Your testimony could change someone else’s life, it doesn’t matter if you think you’re dull or too young, wat does matter is that you are unique and god uses everything you give him! Let him use your life’s story and things could happen! Don’t hesitate, pray if you want but write what you believe is a representation of your life, make it short; it doesn’t have to be 100 words but that’s a good size. God will use this!
I’ll submit my testimony [in teh morning] through the ask system too so that they all go through there.
I looked up tattoos as they apply to Christianity and found this article. Definitely take a look at it… it really puts things into context. :) I was having a hard time verbalizing my opinions about this topic, but I think this website covers everything I wanted to say.
This is definitely a hard subject to tackle, but I think we just really need to turn to God and get His expert opinion. ;)
Take on tattoos:
• I’ve been brought up with the idea that tattoos are bad so sum of that sticks still. But Pretty much i believe if you put sumthing permanent on your body and you’re meant to be god’s Temple, then your desecrating his church. Whether you meant it that way or not.
HOWEVER I still think there is such a thing as a tasteful tattoo. Generally i think they fall under the small-and-meaningful type of tattoo cause I think that sleeves and full body tats are stupid and an extreme example of attention seeking.
Would I ever get a tattoo? Mebbe I’ve already thought about it and pretty much decided what I would get and where Incase I ever want to. All I would want would be the words “what would Jesus do” in plain script done along my sum part of mah hand. I’d do it for the practicality of the tattoo, it wouldn’t be showy and would remind me every time I look at mah hands that I’m trying to live in mah saviours foot steps.
From this post of mah blog: http://cavejohnson.tumblr.com/post/4253138374/whats-your-middle-name-favorite-band-take-on
I have to completely agree with you girl! Not only does fellowship bring us together in the Lord’s name for praise and worship and study, but it also serves as a great means of accountability. Temptation can be incredibly great at times, but when you have that support system there to keep you focused on the Word, and on serving Him, that temptation can be lessened greatly.
When you first brought up fellowship, I automatically thought of Matthew 18:20, which says, “For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them.” What more could we possibly hope for but God’s presence in our lives? I truly believe that this group has fantastic potential, and that we can really find a deeper meaning in the Scriptures that we may not otherwise receive on our own.
And just a reminder, if anyone has prayer requests, please don’t hesitate to post them here! The power of prayer never fails to amaze me :)
I find it sad that many Christians lack a sense of community. A lot of us end up going about this journey alone, which is not how God intended life to be. We are supposed to support and encourage each other as we grow in our faith. We DO need to have time alone with God, but we also need that sense of family.
The times when I’ve felt the closest with God were when I had those people around me to build me up. The love of Christ is contagious… when they shared about their faith and experiences, my faith would grow as a result. The affirmation and encouragement I received help me to have confidence and to flourish in my relationship with God.
One time, on a weekend retreat with my youth group, I got into a discussion with my small group about…. well… everything. We were given questions to guide our conversation, but we clearly didn’t need them. We stayed there talking for hours (long after all the other groups had left). We were in a dark, cold room, but it was one of the warmest experiences of my life. All of us shared our testimonies, and by the end of the night we felt truly connected. God was there. It was really amazing.
The less afraid we are to share our faith, the more we can build up ourselves and the people around us. We are the body of Christ! Let’s wake up and show the world how much we love our God and our Christian family. ♥
"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works. - Hebrews 10:24
I want to encourage you as this blog just starts getting off the ground. I’m going to be an active contributor and I want to get as much out of this as I can. I pray that this blog will be an amazing source of inspiration for it’s readers and writers and that it would take on it’s own little community that share and learn together from all around the world.
I urge the other members to write what they think they should, no-one will judge and I trust that god will speak if we have our hearts right. Let this blog be something we’ll all be proud of, something that you can look back at in a year or two and say hey! I helped start that and look how many lives we changed!
What will people think when they see a bunch of young Jesus freaks together? Running a blog full of the love of Christ and the grace of our god! I really want this to go somewhere and I’m gunna be prayin for this to be a tool god uses to change and save people!
I believe that god will use this blog to stir up love and good works in it’s community!
First of all, I want to welcome all of you to our tumblr small group — In Christ’s Love! :) Here are some general guidelines on how things will work here:
This is a Christ-centered group. We are going to do our best to keep things clean and positive. Hopefully this is self-explanatory… but if you have any questions, the Ask box is always open.
It would be nice if we could sign our names at the end of our posts in order to make things more personal, but if you feel uncomfortable doing so, you don’t have to do it. :)
Be kind to others and have an open mind about what they have to say. Hopefully we won’t have many disagreements, but if conflict does arise, try to keep your cool. We are all friends here. And even better, we’re all in God’s family! :)
Don’t be shy about posting. This is all about opening up to each other and growing closer in Christ’s love!