feitodebarro: This tattoo was very beautiful. A few days ago I read that tattoo done after we have accepted Jesus is sin, what do you think?
This was asked months ago regarding this post, and I’m very sorry to have put off answering it until now, but I figured it was more appropriate after posting that last tattoo.
I understand how people can see tattoos as harming your body rather than keeping it a sacred temple, as is said several times in the bible, however, one must remember not to take single verses out of context.
In Leviticus 19:28, we are commanded not to make cuts on our bodies or be marked by tattoos. But in the rest of Leviticus 19, God is also commanding us not to follow the traditions of other religions to glorify their gods, which included tattooing and marking as well as cutting your hair a certain way and eating bloody meat.
I was once taught that Paul had tattoos. Not in the literal ink definition, but as a basic mark on his body. In Galatians 6:17, he claims to “bear on [his] body the marks of Jesus”.
And that leads to Jesus maybe having tattoos Himself. Again, using tattoo as a noun (a design) rather than a verb (to insert ink into the skin), He has a tattoo on each of His hands: the holes through which the nails were driven as He was nailed to the cross.
I know that doesn’t cover Christians having tattoos as ink on their bodies, but in that case, I don’t think it’s a sin because it doesn’t drive us farther from God (if we have the right mindset). A lot of people get tattoos to display what Jesus has done in their lives.
This is my opinion and you can agree with it, contemplate it, or argue it. If you want, hit up the ask box and I’ll post what you think of it!
Personally, I plan on getting a tattoo to show my love for Christ when I turn 23. It will be an ichthys, and if people ask me about it, I hope to glorify my LORD through my testimony and faith.