sammgiraffes asked: 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.