Leviticus 19:28 “Are Tats Cool?”
“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourself. I am the LORD.”
In researching cut marks and tattoos in ancient times, they have their basis in witchcraft. Therefore, the experts surmise that getting tattoos created an environment for the evil one to become a part of the person, not literally, but as another part of a non-Christian lifestyle. In modern America, tattoos have become very common. Piercings are a type of “cutting yourself” that originally were a part of rituals for dead relatives in ancient times.
While some people do get tattoos to look satanic and evil, many get tattoos with faith or family reasons as their purpose. Does this mean a person with a tattoo is a bad person? Of course not, there are many good Christians who have tattoos, and we know one sin is not any worse than another. But for whatever reason, God clearly states not to have tattoos. (One other note, there is no specific passage about tattoos in the New Testament.)
This passage is not listed as a condemnation of anyone with a tattoo, but more for those who may be considering the idea. The only words in the Bible are against the idea. Maybe it’s because God knows old people with withered tattoos look pretty silly. However, for whatever reason, God did spell out His advice on tattoos.
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