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Post  Johntheservant on Mon 15 Dec 2008, 10:26 am

Hello Brothers and sisters in Christ

Few years back I got a tattoo on my bicep, I thought like others that it is cool to have a tattoo. The tattoo I have is not satanic but of a lady and a heart. The tattoo symbolizes my love and nothing more than that.

Last year I accepted Jesus as my Savior and started to read the Bible and came to know that Tattoos are not allowed in the Bible rather Bible says that anyone having a Tattoo will go to hell.

I am confused because I do not want to go to hell and I am also seeking why tattoos are hated by God?

Bless you brothers and sisters

John the servant

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Re: Tattoos

Post  thirsty on Mon 15 Dec 2008, 7:03 pm

'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:28)

Mathew Henry Concise Commentary
19:1-37 laws. - There are some ceremonial precepts in this chapter, but most of these precepts are binding on us, for they are explanations of the ten commandments. It is required that Israel be a holy people, because the God of Israel is a holy God, ver. 2. To teach real separation from the world and the flesh, and entire devotedness to God. This is now the law of Christ; may the Lord bring every thought within us into obedience to it! Children are to be obedient to their parents, ver. 3. The fear here required includes inward reverence and esteem, outward respect and obedience, care to please them and to make them easy. God only is to be worshipped, ver. 4. Turn not from the true God to false ones, from the God who will make you holy and happy, to those that will deceive you, and make you for ever miserable. Turn not your eyes to them, much less your heart. They should leave the gleanings of their harvest and vintage for the poor, ver. 9. Works of piety must be always attended with works of charity, according to our ability. We must not be covetous, griping, and greedy of every thing we can lay claim to, nor insist upon our right in all things. We are to be honest and true in all our dealings, ver. 11. Whatever we have in the world, we must see that we get it honestly, for we cannot be truly rich, or long rich, with that which is not so. Reverence to the sacred name of God must be shown, ver. 12. We must not detain what belongs to another, particularly the wages of the hireling, ver. 13. We must be tender of the credit and safety of those that cannot help themselves, ver. 14. Do no hurt to any, because they are unwilling or unable to avenge themselves. We ought to take heed of doing any thing which may occasion our weak brother to fall. The fear of God should keep us from doing wrong things, though they will not expose us to men's anger. Judges, and all in authority, are commanded to give judgment without partiality, ver. 15. To be a tale-bearer, and to sow discord among neighbours, is as bad an office as a man can put himself into. We are to rebuke our neighbour in love, ver. 17. Rather rebuke him than hate him, for an injury done to thyself. We incur guilt by not reproving; it is hating our brother. We should say, I will do him the kindness to tell him of his faults. We are to put off all malice, and to put on brotherly love, ver. 18. We often wrong ourselves, but we soon forgive ourselves those wrongs, and they do not at all lessen our love to ourselves; in like manner we should love our neighbour. We must in many cases deny ourselves for the good of our neighbour. Ver. 31: For Christians to have their fortunes told, to use spells and charms, or the like, is a sad affront to God. They must be grossly ignorant who ask, What harm is there in these things? Here is a charge to young people to show respect to the aged, ver. 32. Religion teaches good manners, and obliges us to honour those to whom honour is due. A charge was given to the Israelites to be very tender of strangers, ver. 33. Strangers, and the widows and fatherless, are God's particular care. It is at our peril, if we do them any wrong. Strangers shall be welcome to God's grace; we should do what we can to recommend religion to them. Justice in weights and measures is commanded, ver. 35. We must make conscience of obeying God's precepts. We are not to pick and choose our duty, but must aim at standing complete in all the will of God. And the nearer our lives and tempers are to the precepts of God's law, the happier shall we be, and the happier shall we make all around us, and the better shall we adorn the gospel.

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Re: Tattoos

Post  lovemylord on Mon 15 Dec 2008, 7:08 pm

Brother I do not know theology but this I know that when you accept Jesus as Savior, His blood covers all your blemishes and you do not have to worry. But you need to remember that not to get a tattoo after accepting Jesus because according to Bible it is a sin. There is nothing cool about putting permanent marks on your body.

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Re: Tattoos

Post  Waqar Daniel on Wed 17 Dec 2008, 5:43 pm

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:28)

Thank you for asking this question and first of all let us examine why tattoos were used. As per record of human history shows that tattoos have served in many various and diverse cultures as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, sexual lures and marks of fertility, pledges of love, punishment, amulets and talisman, protection and as the marks of outcasts and convicts.

Celtic tattoos and Dragon Tattoos indicate Valor, supremacy in the world. Cross tattoos and Flower tattoos [Specifically Lotus flower], indicate a religious expression. Angel tattoos and Fairy tattoos show optimistic belief, benevolent objectives. Butterfly tattoos and Flower tattoos signify artistic bent of mind, peaceful expressions and friendly culture. Lower Back Tattoos are an expression in sensuality, eroticism, especially in a woman’s body. Tribal tattoos are associated with History, Identity culture etc.,

You had a tattoo before knowing Jesus, now when you have accepted Jesus, it means no more tattoos because Jesus had no sin and no tattoos and He is our role model and we have to base our life on the life of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ has accepted you as you were, He does not look at our sins when He accepts us. This is the easy part, but after accepting Jesus we have to change our lives according to what is asked of us in the Bible.

Why not to have tattoos
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

The Lord warns several times of the seriousness of defiling the temple of God – your body! In 1 Corinthians 3, the Lord clearly and sternly warns against defiling your body – the temple of God. If any man defiles the temple of God – HIM SHALL GOD DESTROY!

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

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Re: Tattoos

Post  Johntheservant on Thu 18 Dec 2008, 10:31 am

Thank you all for your replies and assurance. I have asked many and all of them tell me that Jesus has accepted me the way I am but I must not repeat this thing again. With few friends I have started an awareness program for youth to stay away from tattoos and keep their bodies holy physically and spiritually. Please pray for us and our success. Bless you all.

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