What does the bible say about tattoos?

Written by Lee Stevenson , sorry I am a lousy editor.

What does the bible say about tattoos, every decision we make effects our relationship with God and Jesus.

A tattoo is a mark or design in the skin made but cutting the skin to produce scars or by inserting coloring matter under the skin.

God forbid Israel from making such marks on their bodies. We are to set ourselves apart from others. We are to honor God and no one else. Often times tatoos where used to show you belonged to a person, another God or they sometimes were used to honor the dead. We are not to be molded by this system or comform to it.

In some areas of the world it may be a tradition to get tattoo at certain times. We are warned by Jesus not to get involved in traditions not approved by God.

We are to imitate Jesus, God’s only begotten son. Do you think Jesus would have gotten a tatoo? The apostles refused to conform to the world and it’s customs and traditions.

Some may get tatoos to be showy which is something else we are not supposed to do. We are told that behavior does not originate with God. The bible tells us to be moderate in the way we dress. The bible tells us to do all things for Gods glory.

Maybe some may get a picture of something in God’s creations that they enjoy. We have to becareful paying more honor to creation then we do God’s. Israel many times went down that path and had to be corrected by Jehovah because they started honoring the creation instead of the creator.

We are not to have idols. If we put the name of someone on our bodies are we not doing and act of idolatry. We could be committing spiritual prostitution if we are not careful. Giving honor or worship to anyone other then God would be idolatry.

Tattoos are life altering and more for show then anything. Do you think God would want us to be showy? Tattoos are usually for life because the procedures for removing them are expensive and can be painful. It would be best to seek God’s wisdom before making any decision that could effect the rest of your life especially things pertaining to the body. We need to be very careful about the decisions we make. The bible warns us not to be molded by this system of things but to continually renew our minds with the bible truths so we can better discern what the will of God is. The bible tells us to separate ourselves from the world. We know the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one so many fads and other things people do could be influenced by Satan.

As for me and my personal choice. I usually was not one to give in to peer pressure or fads , so before I knew God as well as I do now I had decided I would not get any tattoos. Part of this was because many I knew who had tattoos regretted it. Also once you get tired of looking at the same piece of art if it is hanging on your wall you could remove it and replace it. I had realized I most likely would have gotten tired of any tattoos I may have gotten and they would not have been so easy to remove and replace.

Most tattoos I have seen of plants trees or anything else could not match the beauty of seeing the real thing. Also flowers and plants in nature are constantly changing and because of that it never gets old looking at them. I just could not see how a tattoo could bring me the joy seeing the real thing would have. I always felt that tattoos were a fad and those who got involved in fads were being controlled or manipulated so I never felt comfortable with any fad.

I did not friend many people who had tattoos because I believed the were easily swayed or manipulated. The friends I had who did have tattoos were good friends but did try to get my to get tattoos. I did not want them so I did not cave in to their pressure.

(Leviticus 19:28) 28 “‘You must not make cuts in your flesh for a dead person, and you must not make tattoo markings on yourselves. I am Jehovah.

(Deuteronomy 14:1, 2) 14 “You are sons of Jehovah your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave your foreheads bald for a dead person. 2 For you are a holy people to Jehovah your God, and Jehovah has chosen you to become his people, his special property, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. . .

(Leviticus 20:26) You must be holy to me, because I, Jehovah, am holy, and I am setting you apart from the peoples to become mine.

(Psalm 100:3) 3 Know that Jehovah is God. He is the one who made us, and we belong to him. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

(Romans 12:1, 2) 12 Therefore, I appeal to you by the compassions of God, brothers, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, a sacred service with your power of reason. 2 And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

(Mark 7:1-8) 7 Now the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him. 2 And they saw some of his disciples eat their meal with defiled hands, that is, unwashed ones. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands up to the elbow, clinging to the tradition of the men of former times, 4 and when they come from the market, they do not eat unless they wash themselves. There are many other traditions that they have received and cling to, such as baptisms of cups, pitchers, and copper vessels.) 5 So these Pharisees and scribes asked him: “Why do your disciples not observe the tradition of the men of former times, but they eat their meal with defiled hands?” 6 He said to them: “Isaiah aptly prophesied about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far removed from me. 7 It is in vain that they keep worshipping me, for they teach commands of men as doctrines.’ 8 You let go of the commandment of God and cling to the tradition of men.. . .

(Isaiah 29:13) 13 Jehovah says: “This people approach me with their mouth And they honor me with their lips, But their heart is far removed from me; And their fear of me is based on commands of men that they have been taught.

(Titus 2:1, 2) 2 You, however, keep on speaking what is consistent with wholesome teaching. 2 Let the older men be moderate in habits, serious, sound in mind, healthy in faith, in love, in endurance.

(Mark 7:9-12) 9 Further, he said to them: “You skillfully disregard the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition. 10 For example, Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Let the one who speaks abusively of his father or mother be put to death.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or his mother: “Whatever I have that could benefit you is corban (that is, a gift dedicated to God),”’ 12 you no longer let him do a single thing for his father or his mother.

(2 Thessalonians 3:6-8) 6 Now we are giving you instructions, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw from every brother who is walking disorderly and not according to the tradition that you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you should imitate us, because we did not behave in a disorderly way among you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food free. On the contrary, by labor and toil we were working night and day so as not to impose an expensive burden on any one of you.

(1 John 2:15-17) 15 Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16 because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. 17 Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.

(1 Timothy 2:8-10) 8 So I desire that in every place the men carry on prayer, lifting up loyal hands, without anger and debates. 9 Likewise, the women should adorn themselves in appropriate dress, with modesty and soundness of mind, not with styles of hair braiding and gold or pearls or very expensive clothing, 10 but in the way that is proper for women professing devotion to God, namely, through good works.

(1 Corinthians 10:31-33) 31 Therefore, whether you are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory. 32 Keep from becoming causes for stumbling to Jews as well as Greeks and to the congregation of God, 33 just as I am trying to please all people in all things, not seeking my own advantage, but that of the many, so that they may be saved.

(Romans 1:19-23) . . .. 20 For his invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made, even his eternal power and Godship, so that they are inexcusable. 21 For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God nor did they thank him, but they became empty-headed in their reasonings and their senseless hearts became darkened. 22 Although claiming they were wise, they became foolish 23 and turned the glory of the incorruptible God into something like the image of corruptible man and birds and four-footed creatures and reptiles.

(Acts 14:14, 15) 14 However, when the apostles Barʹna·bas and Paul heard of it, they ripped their garments and leaped out into the crowd and cried out: 15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We too are humans having the same infirmities as you have. And we are declaring the good news to you, for you to turn from these vain things to the living God,. . .

(Isaiah 42:8)  8 I am Jehovah. That is my name; I give my glory to no one else, Nor my praise to graven images.

(Exodus 34:13-16) . . .. 14 You must not bow down to another god, for Jehovah is known for requiring exclusive devotion. Yes, he is a God who requires exclusive devotion. 15 Be careful not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, because when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to their gods, someone will invite you and you will eat from his sacrifice. 16 Then you will surely take some of their daughters for your sons, and their daughters will prostitute themselves to their gods and cause your sons to prostitute themselves to their gods.

(Proverbs 4:5, 6) 5 Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding. Do not forget, and do not turn aside from what I say.  6 Do not forsake it, and it will protect you. Love it, and it will safeguard you.

(Romans 12:1, 2) . . .. 2 And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

(Proverbs 15:14) 14 The understanding heart seeks knowledge, But the mouth of the stupid feeds on foolishness.

(2 Corinthians 6:16-18) 16 And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? For we are a temple of a living God; just as God said: “I will reside among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 “‘Therefore, get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’”; “‘and I will take you in.’” 18 “‘And I will become a father to you, and you will become sons and daughters to me,’ says Jehovah, the Almighty. . .

(1 John 5:18, 19) . . .. 19 We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one. . .