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I hate tattoos! April 13, 2018

Posted by Christine Smith in Uncategorized.

Hello Christian Agony Aunt.

I hate tattoos so can you please tell me if you can if it’s wrong to have them. Although I hate them my boyfriend still wants to have some. I think they are ugly and who’s to say a person won’t hate their tattoo later in life. But I also think a Christian shouldn’t have tattoos. They look awful.

We are both Christians and we know Christians as well as preachers who have tattoos and I am disappointed how my boyfriend has been influenced by them.

I would love to know if there is anything at all in the Bible to show him it’s wrong. I’m sure if he could see something in the Bible against, it may help even though he seems determined to get some. I really wish he would not have them for my sake knowing I don’t like them, but it doesn’t seem enough of a reason for him. It seems like a craving he has. He even says some of them will be Christian tattoos!

I’d love to be able to show him something from Scripture to change his mind, as he loves God and is a great living Christian really.

Thanks for any help on this

Miss C. England.

Christine’s reply…

Hello Miss C,

Thank you for writing in to my Christian Agony Aunt.

I feel sorry for you as it must be hard that you are to have a husband who will have a marked body when it is something you dislike, and especially if and when you have children one day who may want to copy their Dad.

Tattooing is a controversial issue and especially amongst Christians. Some get tattoos to show rejection of parental values. Others get them because of peer pressure or because they believe they are stylish or a form of art. However, tattoos can become an addiction like any other such as plastic surgery. It is a known fact that many who have plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons have to keep having more, and the same goes for tattoos.

The number of people who got tattoos in their youth and regret it later is high and the laser treatment to remove tattoos that many are having to endure is much more painful than having the tattoo. Even the most pain resistant person is brought to tears. Many undergo risky surgery to have them removed, but the surgery is not always successful and leaves scarring, not to mention the expense.

Then there are the health issues with tattoos from the dyes used, which can cause hepatitis, and blood disorders. Those who have been tattooed are nine times more likely to be infected with hepatitis C.  People who’ve been tattooed over the the last 10 years have been urged to get checked for the disease because it can lie dormant for years.

I feel like you and hate tattoos. People say the Bible isn’t clear on tattooing, yet it couldn’t be clearer,

Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord.”  (Leviticus 19:28).

All Scripture is for our own protection, not to spoil our fun.

This verse is dealing with the pagan habits and rituals of the people living around the Israelites. God was telling His people not to copy them. He wanted His people to be different and notably set apart from that culture which included the cutting of their flesh amongst other things God was against.

The tattooed bodies of the pagans identified them immediately as not wanting to be disassociated with God’s ways or His people. And God’s people didn’t want to be associated with their wicked ways and clean flesh was the way they could show it .

So the question is: is getting a tattoo still a form of paganism? Is it still forbidden or displeasing to God today? I cannot see that God has changed His opinion,“I the Lord do not change” (Malachi 3:6).

We can see how tattooing is very much alive in heathen countries and their form of worship which is witchcraft. So why would anyone want to do what heathens do?

I think God must be sad on seeing His children getting their flesh marked and cut like pagans as if it is  ‘cool’ to do so, when it is merely copying heathen countries.

Any type of self-laceration or marking of the body is still is prohibited among the Hebrew people, still being associated with pagan cults and heathen worship. We may not be  Jewish by birth but if we have come to know the Lord we have been grafted into the family of God and have the same Father.

Just because a preacher has a tattoo doesn’t mean it’s OK. Young Christians can be so influenced by a preacher they admire and preachers should keep in mind that the Bible says a preacher has to be an example, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely than others” (James 3:1).

This subject of tattoos reminds me of the subject of nudism. Nudists have asked me to prove to them from the Bible that nudism is wrong maintaining that there is nothing in the Bible against it. But even when I have presented them with umpteen Scriptures that nudism is wrong they close their ears to it because it’s something they want to do.

I do hope you will be able to dissuade your boyfriend from marking his body. Does he know that people with tattoos are less likely to be employed. Also, fads come to an end and one day it will be anything but ‘cool’ to have tattoos.

“Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19).

So if we are ‘not our own’ who’s are we? If we belong to the Lord do we have a right to do as we please with our body?

Having said all this Miss C, I think it would be nice if your boy friend considered how strongly his wife-to-be feels about it, and thus next Scripture may help him to consider your feelings a little more… “Love is not self-seeking (1 Corinthians 13).

“Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).

God bless, Christine.

 Reply from Chloe:

 Man I like it! Thanks.

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