Is God Honored With Your Tattoos?
What does the Bible Say?
Many people love body art and perhaps believe that this is a means for them to glorify God. While I understand the feeling, emotion, and sincerity in these beliefs it is important for everyone to make an honest attempt to discover how God feels about this or any other practice we may wish to adopt. It is true that as Christians we do not follow all the religious laws of the Old Testament, we do agree that most of the laws we practice today stem from the old judaical laws of the Old Testament.
Christians must seek out relevant Bible passages and evaluate honestly how they apply to our lives today. Leviticus clearly instructs people not to cut themselves as the tradition of that day was when someone died, or to place marks on the body. This does not mean that a person with tattoos cannot be saved. It means that there must be sincere repentance.
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What About Damaging Your Body
A more relevant question arises about the body. I was taught as a child that cigarrette smoking was a sin because it was harmful to the body. I do believe that smoking is harmful to the body but it is not the only practice that is harmful to the body. Obesity is rampant in the United States and most obese people probably call themselves Christians. I wonder how many of these obese people would believe that their condition is sinful?
Obesity is directly implicated in heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and many other diseases that are over burdening our health care system and causing costs to skyrocket out of control. This is a taboo topic and as a Christian I have never until recently heard any minister even approach this topic.
The fact is that anything that is harmful to the body or damages the body or is directly opposite to God's commandments should be carefully reviewed and steps should be taken to change or repent. Thank God we no longer live under the law that would leave many of us without recourse and no forgiveness. Jesus brought in the age of Grace and Mercy, but everything hinges on repentance and change. See the following scripture references.
To obey is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22)
Leviticus 19:28 " 'Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. NIV
I Corinthians 6: 19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. NIV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. KJV
Seeking God in Our Lives
We live in an amazing time. Old fashioned views of God and the Bible are daily replaced with new ways of thinking and rationalization. My views are definitely old fashioned and I use the Bible as my source book. I do believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God but I do not believe that every single word in the Bible is meant to be taken literally. That would be foolish because the Bible is made up of many parables, dreams and visions given to prophets in the Old and New Testament. Ultimately, it is up to the believer to seek God and study the Bible. Then make a decision about the way they live their life for God. The truth of the matter is that God is our judge and no one else. A clear conscience before God is to be desired.
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