BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY JUDGMENTS ABOUT TATTOOS, OR A CHRISTIAN WITH TATTOOS... LETS LOOK AT WHAT THE BIBLE IS, WHAT IT SAYS, AND HOW IT WAS WRITTEN.
THE VERSE IN THE BIBLE THAT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST TATTOOING IS LEVITICUS 19:28. LEVITICUS IS LOCATED IN THE "TORAH". THE TORAH IS THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE OR THE "LAW BOOKS" THEY WERE WRITTEN BY MOSES (A PROPHET FROM GOD SENT TO FREE THE ISRAELITES FROM EGYPT). IN THE BIBLE THERE ARE TWO BASIC PARTS, THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT. THE OLD TESTAMENT IS THE STORY OF GODS CREATION OF MAN. AFTER GOD CREATED MAN, ADAM AND EVE (THE FIRST PEOPLE GOD CREATED) SINNED AND FELL FROM GRACE. AFTER THE FALL OF MAN FROM GRACE MAN BEGAN TO MULTIPLY AND SIN ENGULFED THE WORLD. GOD SAW THIS SIN AND WANTED TO STOP IT. SO GOD DECIDED TO DESTROY THE EARTH AND START ANEW. NOAH WAS THEN CHOSEN TO KEEP THE HUMAN RACE ALIVE. GOD HAD NOAH BUILD AN ARK (BIG BOAT) WHICH HE FILLED WITH TWO OF EVERY CREATURE. NOAH, HIS WIFE, SONS, AND THEIR WIVES WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE SAVED FROM THE GREAT FLOOD. AFTER THE FLOOD NOAH SENT HIS SONS OFF AND THEY CREATED DIFFERENT RACES OF PEOPLE.
AFTER ALL OF THIS, PEOPLE STARTED TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN RELIGIONS AND CULTURES. FROM ALL THIS CAME A "NEOLITHIC" SOCIETY (PRE CIVILIZATION BUT AFTER RECORDED HISTORY). PEOPLE BEGAN TO SPLIT OFF AND THE HUMAN RACE BECAME DIFFERENT INDEPENDENT RACES. IN THE OLD TESTAMENT GOD KEEPS RECORD OF THE JEWISH RACE (THE CHOSEN PEOPLE), THEIR HISTORY, FUTURE, TROUBLES AND TRIALS. THE OLD TESTAMENT ALSO MAKES WAY FOR THE NEW TESTAMENT OR THE "COMING OF JESUS CHRIST". SO IN A NUTSHELL THE OLD TESTAMENT IS ABOUT THE JEWISH RELIGION, HOW IT WAS FORMED, ITS LAWS, RULES, AND HOW IT WAS KEPT TOGETHER.
IN THE OLD JEWISH RELIGION PEOPLE HAD TO FOLLOW A STRICT SET OF LAWS TO FALL INTO FAVOR WITH GOD. THE RULES ARE SO RIDGED THAT NO PERSON COULD EVER FOLLOW THEM. THE RULES RANGE FROM HOW AND WHAT YOU EAT, TO HOW-TO-TRIM YOUR HAIR AND BEARD. GOD WANTED HIS PEOPLE TO BE DIFFERENT AND DISTINGUISHED FROM ALL OTHER CULTURES. HE DID THIS IN PART BY THE RULES THAT HE LAID DOWN FOR THE JEWS. GODS GOAL WAS TO KEEP A SOLID BLOOD LINE FOR THE COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.
THE NEW TESTAMENT DEALS WITH THE COMING OF CHRIST, HIS LIFE, DEATH, THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, PROPHECY FOR THE FUTURE, AND SALVATION.
NOW YOU HAVE A BASIC VIEW OF THE BIBLE AND HOW IT WAS WRITTEN, LETS LOOK AT THE SPECIFIC VERSE THAT SPEAK ABOUT TATTOOING. THE VERSE IS LEVITICUS 19:28, IT SAYS " 'Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD ." CLEARLY IT STATES THAT YOU ARE NOT TO GET TATTOOED, BUT WHY? IN THE TIMES THAT THIS WAS WRITTEN PEOPLE IN SURROUNDING CULTURES (PAGAN) WOULD CUT AND TATTOO THEMSELVES FOR THE DEAD, AND TO GAIN FAVOR WITH PAGAN GODS. GOD DID NOT WANT HIS PEOPLE TO BE CONFUSED WITH EVERYDAY SOCIETY SO HE DID NOT WANT THEM TO TATTOO THEMSELVES. NOW, WE CAN NOT PICK JUST ONE VERSE OUT OF THE BIBLE AND NOT LOOK AT WHAT SURROUNDS IT.
LEVITICUS 19: 19-28
19 " 'Keep my decrees.
" 'Do not mate different kinds of animals.
" 'Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.
" 'Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.
20 " 'If a man sleeps with a woman who is a slave girl promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment. Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed. 21 The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting for a guilt offering to the LORD . 22 With the ram of the guilt offering the priest is to make atonement for him before the LORD for the sin he has committed, and his sin will be forgiven.
23 " 'When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden.  For three years you are to consider it forbidden  ; it must not be eaten. 24 In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD . 25 But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the LORD your God.
26 " 'Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.
" 'Do not practice divination or sorcery.
27 " 'Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.
28 " 'Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves... I am the LORD .
IF WE LOOK AT THE EXCERPT WE SEE THAT A MAN CAN NOT SHAVE HIS BEARD, EAT HIS FRUIT FROM A TREE HE PLANTS FOR FOUR YEARS, PLANT TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF PLANTS IN HIS GARDEN, OR WEAR CLOTHING MADE FROM TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF CLOTH. SO WHAT DO YOU SAY THE NEXT TIME A PERSON CRITICIZES YOU FOR A TATTOO? YOU TELL THEM THEIR POLYESTER BLEND SHIRT WILL SEND THEM STRAIGHT TO HELL. THESE LAWS WERE INTENDED TO HELP THE PEOPLE GROW AND TO KEEP THEM SEPARATE. IN OLD DAYS YOU COULD PICK OUT A JEW BY THE WAY THEY DRESSED, SPOKE, AND ATE. THE LAWS FOR FARMING WERE WRITTEN TO MAKE THEIR HARVEST LARGER. BACK THEN THE PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE THEY HAVE NOW AND THEY NEEDED GUIDANCE.
WHEN CHRIST CAME HE FULFILLED THE OLD LAW, NO ONE COULD LIVE UP TO THE LAW SO GOD PROVIDED A SACRIFICE THAT WOULD ATONE FOR ALL SINS. THE SACRIFICE WAS HIMSELF. THE BIBLE SAYS "FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD". THIS MEANS THAT NO MAN OR WOMAN THAT HAS EVER LIVED IS SINLESS EXCEPT JESUS HIMSELF. GOD LOVES US ALL AND HE SHOWS THIS THROUGH JESUS AND HIS SACRIFICE. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL, ON THE THIRD DAY JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD TO CONQUER SIN, HELL, AND DAMNATION. WE HAVE A LIVING GOD, A POWERFUL GOD, A GOD OF LOVE, THIS ALL POWERFUL OMNIPRESENT GOD WANTS YOU. HE WANTS YOU TO BE HAPPY, TO FIND EVERLASTING PEACE AND HAPPINESS. GOD LOVES US SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIMSELF FOR YOU. WHAT DOES HE ASK IN RETURN? ALL GOD WANTS FROM YOU IS THAT YOU ACCEPT HIM. IT IS CALLED SALVATION. GOD ASKS THAT YOU ACCEPT JESUS AS YOU PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR, AFTER THIS HE ASKS THAT YOU PRAY TO HIM AND TELL OTHERS ABOUT HIM. SO WHAT IS SALVATION, HOW DO YOU GET IT? SIMPLY START TO PRAY, TELL GOD THAT YOU ARE A SINNER (YOU REALLY HAVE TO BELIEVE IT) AND THAT YOU NOW SEE THAT JESUS IS REAL AND ALIVE, THEN ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU OF SIN. AN EXAMPLE WOULD BE
GOD, I COME TO YOU NOW KNOWING THAT I AM A SINNER, AND THAT WITH OUT YOU I AM DAMNED FOR HELL, REALIZING MY SIN AND NEEDING FORGIVENESS PLEASE FORGIVE ME OF MY SIN, I NOW ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS MY LORD AND SAVIOR, PLEASE GOD ACCEPT ME INTO YOUR FAMILY OF SAINTS AND LET ME SPREAD THE WORD OF CHRIST TO OTHERS. I WANT TO DO YOUR WILL FATHER, PLEASE LEAD ME IN THE WAYS WHICH YOU WOULD HAVE ME GO, MY SOUL AND BODY ARE NOW YOURS TO DO WITH WHAT YOU WANT, IN THE NAME OF PRECIOUS JESUS I PRAY AND ASK THESE THINGS, AMEN
NOW WHAT? IF YOU TRULY ACCEPTED JESUS GOD WILL NOW SEND THE HOLY GHOST INTO YOUR HEART, AND FROM NOW ON GOD WILL SPEAK TO YOU. WE SUGGEST THAT YOU READ THE BIBLE. ONCE SAVED A PERSON CAN READ THE BIBLE AND UNDERSTAND IT IN WAYS NEVER THOUGHT BEFORE, THIS IS BECAUSE GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU AND HELPING YOU UNDERSTAND IT. I ALSO SUGGEST THAT YOU SEEK OUT A CHURCH THAT BELIEVES IN THE GOSPEL. THEY WILL HELP GUIDE YOU. MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE CHRISTIANS BELIEVE CHURCH IS NOT NECESSARY. IT MAY NOT BE, BUT IT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS, GOD COMMANDS IT. FELLOWSHIP WILL GIVE YOU INSIGHT, STRENGTH, AND A DEEPER APPRECIATION FOR GOD. IT IS FUEL AND FOOD FOR THE BELIEVER.
I believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and the inerrant Word of God (II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:21 ).
I believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
I believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:34-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His vicarious and atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9); His resurrection (John 11:25, I Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His personal return to earth in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-13, Revelation 19:14-16
I believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of the human nature, and that all are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God's grace through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16-19; John 5:24, Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5).
I believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are not unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
I believe in the spiritual unity of the believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28).
I believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13-14, I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30; Ephesians 5:18).
I believe that as a Christian I am an example of the love of God in this world. It is this (agape) love that we desire to possess and without which we have no right to call ourselves Christians (I John 4:16-17).
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