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.
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 !!
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
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!!
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!
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)