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TheMightyMouseGirl

Why is God against tattoos?

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If one believes the human form is the temple of God, did Michelangelo defile the Sistine Chapel? There lies the answer. Beauty is in the "eye" of the beholder.

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Nicely said sir wolf
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He's not. God created art.

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The bible says to keep your body like a temple, it's your personal temple think about it this way would your graffiti the outside of a church?

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However, do we not paint our churches and homes? Why is graffiti a bad thing? I have seen Wonderful and beautiful pieces of are made with cans of spraypaint. And the same goes for tattoos.....
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You should not tend to the what the mind thinks pleases god, and pay mind to what's already written in the bible it's the Manual to life no such permanent artistic writing or drawings of any kind whether it be a Cross or Jesus on your arm its not holy and is written in the bible to keep thy body holy its a temple.
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who said that? or were did you read it?

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JamesKaeberle

Leviticus 19:28


28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.
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He is?

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That's just one of many interpretations of certain parts of the Bible.

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Well the bible says we shall not ink are body because really are body is not really are body, but if you want a tattoo just go for it

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I don't really like the ideas of tattoos because they can't come off. I rather have tattoos on a shirt and it will feel like I can take it off.

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Because in the bible God is against mutilation and they compare tatoos to mutilation

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jwade35
who is " they "...... does that mean God is against people with scars..breast removal..my scars from cancer???? I don't think so and these comments is what turns against "religion".......think I'll stick with just being spiritual... just saying !!
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Against mutilation? Why would circumcision be allowed?
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God isn't against tattoos just sit on the idea of a tattoo you will regret it later on when it sags.

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You're not going to hell for putting a rose on your back, it's your choice.

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It's also your choice to kill, god won't stop you but are you not going to he'll because you "chose" to kill someone? Your choice has nothing to do with what god wants and his way.
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If God wants to, He will stop you from killing someone He has not ordered to be killed. He gave us free will to see if we'd submit and give it back. If not, there are the consequences.
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Spike_The_Hedgehog

Because its like putting graffiti on yourself, and who needs graffiti?

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boring brick walls need graffiti...
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He's afraid someone will outdo Him.

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Leviticus 19:28 "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD." They didn't want people cutting or mutilating themselves in memorials for the dead, or in any manner, which can be transposed to tattoos in modern times.

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OK......so what i'm getting out of that is that we can have them.....so long as there not for the dead.....
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Ah! The open interpretation of the bible. If a single omniscient creator exists and it had a set guideline we needed to follow, don't you think it would be more clear on such simple matters?
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jwade35

who is " they " that comes up with these interpolations? ...... does that mean God is against people with scars..breast removal..my scars from cancer???? I don't think so and these comments are what turns me against "religion".......think I'll stick with just being spiritual... just saying !!

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"They" as in those that collected religious texts and gathered them into a single collective known as the Christian bible
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jwade35
no offence.........just not a great answer to me.. ??
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I know, I'll be agnostic myself until the end
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God says your body is a temple, and when you damage your body (drugs, alcohol, tattoos) your damaging the temple, and the body god created for you.

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JamesKaeberle
Amen!
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JamesKaeberle


Leviticus 19:28

28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.

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James I have tattoos, I got before I was Christian, I want to get removed, they don't represent who I am anymore
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JamesKaeberle
I have one. And it's really nice that you want to have them removed. But like you said you did it before you became a Christian and you have been forgiven. So either way it doesn't matter if you have them removed or not. God loves you just the same. God Bless!
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Thank you, God Bless you too Brother
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I am a Christian, and I have lots of tattoos, although I had them before I was a Christian, I wish I didn't have them now because I've changed and am not the same person I was then, but when people that don't know me first look at me I notice their eyes always wander to my tattoos, I want to get them removed, I believe God doesn't love my tattoos, but he loves me, I will Not be getting anymore

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Suzie17
Excellent testimony!!

Just ask Christ to forgive. If they're vulgar I'm sure He won't mind you turning them into something less offensive. Don't beat yourself up!
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Thanks Suzie
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Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, tattoos are like graffiti on a building. I am sure you have seen graffiti painted on buildings and how ugly it is.

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I feel sad sometime's because I have tattoos from before I was saved, I want to get them removed
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He Dont Judge He Dont Go Against He Will Try To Understand Ur Decisions Or Changes Tht U Make :)

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If no scars are allowed, why would circumcision be allowed. That would certainly be mutilation and scarring.

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Suzie17

Honey I don't think that God cares so much about tattoos as He does our health. Like pork, it's about one of the worse foods a human can eat next to seafood, also against original laws. Diseases were spread from tats. Why don't you wait until you're 18 like my daughter did. Then at 18 and 1 day you can regret having done it, like she did haha! Now she's stuck! Honestly in my opinion they look HORRID on older people. And some look ridiculous. People change so much. What you put on you today may not be you next year! Don't limit yourself. Not to mention jobs and other things. I'm not against, just not for them. Some look down right awful!! Especially on old dry wrinkled skin.....Eeeeew!!

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I have tattoos, I regret now, I'm middle aged, 40 and I got these before I found Christ, I lived a rough life, addictions and being locked up, is how I lived, before, Christ I would never get one now.
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Hey, we all have a past hon, I didn't do time but got into trouble and had addictions. That was BC, before Christ. Not perfect now of course but a work in progress! I asked for forgiveness and received it. If I've stumbled I ask forgiveness again. Christ loves the heart not the flesh.
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God prohibited His people Israel from getting tattoos, Leviticus 19:28. As is always the case, this applies to Jews, who are under the law, but not to Gentiles, such as Christians, who are held responsible by God only to keep the Noahide law. At any case, God does not explain WHY that is the law, and usually there is no explanation of the law. We follow it only because it is God's law, not because we think it is a good idea. God doesn't have to give us a reason or a rationale for His law, although sometime He still did, but not in this case. God's law is God's law whether we know the reason or not, although we may of course speculate on the reasons, but they don't matter much anyway. Only God's wishes do!

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It's against bible teachings and what the scriptures say is truth. I do not question or challenge it

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I regret all mine, I got them before my walk with Christ, I want to get them removed, I'm not that person anymore
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I hear you brother. I have a few also that I got when I was young. I don't regret them because it makes us what we are now. Better persons in life that made changes for the better. We learned from our mistake and now we can move forward
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sharkdart

When did God come out of the sky and tell the whole world he is against tattoos?

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I don't remember reading anywhere that God is against the practice of receiving tattoos. Though the Church has not issued any formal teaching on this issue, a couple of things should be kept in mind. In traditional Judaism, people who die with tattoos or body piercings are denied burial. This belief comes from Leviticus 19:28: "Do not lacerate your bodies for the dead, and do not tattoo yourselves. I am the Lord." Biblical scholars believe this prohibition was given to keep the Jewish people from following in practices common to the pagan cultures around them. This is why some Christian churches today preach against body piercings and tattoos. From the Catholic perspective, the Second Vatican Council declared that the human is obliged to regard the body "as good and honorable since God created it and will raise it up on the last day." Some of the tattoos you see people with today do not look very "good and honorable" and would not be appropriate for someone who is a follower of Jesus. (My answer continues in the comments)

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Remember, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. We need to respect them as awesome creations of God, reflecting His image and likeness. Though the Church does not forbid women from wearing make-up or earrings, an excessive attachment to one's appearance is vanity, and can be sinful. Also, keep in mind that tattoos will be with you for the rest of your life - unless you go through a painful remover process that leaves scars. What seems like a "cool" tattoo when you are a senior in high school may look pretty silly when you are a parent or grandparent!

Hope this helps! - ManOfKnowledge
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