What does the Bible say about tattoos and body piercings?

What does the Bible say about tattoos and body piercings?

And what about Christian tattoos? Can’t we use those tattoos to reach people who have tattoos?


Peace be with you all!

In the Law of God, the matter of tattoos and body piercings is clear. But first, let’s clarify an important point here, because many people do an error concerning it.

It is wrong to call this Law as “the Old Testament Law”. There is nothing called “the Old Testament Law”. The Bible never calls it “the Old Testament Law”. It is very simply and clearly the Law of God, and the Law of God is for all people. And Jesus was very clear concerning the Law:

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matthew 5:17-20)

We cannot annul any of the Commandments of the Law with any kind of misunderstanding concerning their application. Our righteousness should SURPASS that of the scribes and Pharisees. That means we should LOVE the Law of God and really live according to the Will of God from all our heart. So, just as our Lord said, all men need to be born again. If our righteousness should SURPASS the external hypocrite legalistic righteousness of the Pharisees, this doesn’t mean that we will annul some Commandments to do that. The right way is to obey God in the Spirit.

So we establish the Law by faith:

“Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.” (Romans 3:31)

We don’t keep the Law by works, but by faith.

So “we are not under Law” does not mean we will disobey the Law. It is true that we (whoever are in Christ by true faith) are not under Law, and that means that we are not saved by the Law, but we are under Grace, and that means we don’t serve sins, but we LOVE the Law of God.

Moreover, we are not under the Old Covenant, and this means we won’t follow the EXTERNAL ordinances of the Law that are only a shadow of Christ:

Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day–
things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.”
(Colossians 2:16-17)

So we DO keep the substance of the Law, and that substance belongs to Christ. We don’t merely follow external ordinances. We follow their real substance, the spiritual application and meaning. So we don’t simply dismiss the Law. We establish it by faith, and thus the Law is fulfilled in us who walk according to the Spirit, and not according to the flesh:

in order that the righteous requirement of the law should be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to flesh but according to Spirit.” (Romans 8:4)

As soon as we dismiss the Law or any Commandment of the Law, we will be walking according to the flesh. Also, as soon as we try to keep the Law and its Commandments by external works, we will also be walking according to the flesh.

So we establish the Law by FAITH in CHRIST. We fulfill the Law by the SPIRIT., i.e. spiritually. We keep its substance that belongs to Christ. Christ is the substance of all what you read in the Law. And that spiritual substance cannot be understood by those who are still in the flesh:

For they that are according to flesh mind the things of the flesh; and they that are according to Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh [is] death; but the mind of the Spirit life and peace. Because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God; for neither indeed can it be: and they that are in flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:5-8)

And:

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

And, as “the Law is spiritual” (Romans 7:14) , so the natural man who is in the flesh does not and cannot accept the Law. And immature Christians also may seem like the fleshly natural man by doing and understanding things in a very immature way. So maturity in Christ is needed.

Now, as the natural man who is in the flesh is not even able to subject himself to the Law of God, and as he does not accept the things of the Spirit of God and they are foolishness to him, so don’t even expect a worldly natural man to accept what we will see now in the Law of God. If you’re still in your sins and have not experienced the new birth by the Spirit, then you will surely not understand why tattoos and piercings are bad, because you think about them in a worldly and fleshly manner that does not agree with the Will of God. You ask: “Why would a so ‘neutral’ thing like tattoos be sinful? What’s wrong with it??” Well, if you don’t have the mind of Christ, i.e. you don’t think the way He thinks, you will not be able to understand.

BY FAITH, we keep the spiritual Law concerning tattoos and body piercings, because we LOVE the Law of God:

“O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97)

So let’s see what the Law of God says about tattoos and body piercings:


“You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:28)

 


Now, let’s see the different spiritual meanings or the substance of this Commandment:

 

It is essential to understand that making cuts in your body has a meaning, and that meaning is related with the DEAD!! Imagine! That practice is done for the dead in pagan nations, and you do it and call it with adjectives like “cool” and “beautiful”, but if asked what you mean by doing them, you cannot find a true meaning. The true meaning is that they are done for the dead; simple. Life for you is death when you don’t have a true meaning for your life, so you search for a meaning in things like body piercing and tattoos, not knowing that, instead of being a true meaning for your life, they become your masters and they put you under a true slavery to your desires and pleasures. And notice that these things are related to the fact that HE IS THE LORD! Those who practice such things, they practice them because they don’t know the Lord. So these things are directly related to the Nature and Glory of God, because He created us in His image, and we corrupt that image with such practices.

1. In the Old Testament, the body piercing was a sign of slavery:

But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever. (Exodus 21:5-6)

In Leviticus 19:28, the Law says that you should not make that cut or piercing in your body FOR THE DEAD. We are not the people of death, but of Resurrection. If you are in Christ, then you have life in you, and therefore you don’t have in you the hopelessness of death. So you are saved from the slavery caused by the fear of death:

“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)

If you are still a slave of your sins or of any human or false god, then go ahead: pierce your body as a sign for that.

Of course, for the child of God, what the Bible says about this slavery is enough; he believes what God says. But a worldly man may want to see if the worldly people really used tattoos as a sign of slavery… Well, check this article: Definition of Tattoo.

It is interesting that the antichrist will oblige people to receive a tattoo or a mark of his name or his number (see Revelation 13:16-17).

So always remember: Signs have a meaning. Nothing you do in your life with anything, including your body, is without meaning. Your body must belong to the Holy Spirit as a temple, so don’t do with it something that injures it or makes it show slavery. The same principle applies also to tattoos just as it applies to body piercings.

2. Another sign of spiritual death — diseases:

If Adam didn’t fall in sin, we would not have diseases today. With sin, death entered the world, and the signs of death began to appear on our bodies. As children of Life, we know how to bear the sufferings of diseases with hope, the hope of resurrection, just as we know how to look even to death with hope, as we are the people of Resurrection; our hope is in Christ.

Now, you can’t even imagine a child of Life and hope considering suicide. That’s bad; that’s a sin; that’s murder. In a similar way, you can’t imagine a Christian despising his body and doing things to it that will make it sick.

And here, remember that tattoos may cause very serious skin diseases! Did you know this? Just read this medical article carefully to see how serious these diseases can be. Here is also a more detailed article about that. The Bible is the Word of God, and God wants you to respect your body as it is a gift from God. People really do not understand the difference between the body and the flesh which is the old sinful nature of man. The body in itself is not a sin. On the contrary, originally God made our body pure for His Glory. Your body is precious, and you should not despise it and think badly about it or use it as a means of sin. What you need to do is to present your body a living and holy sacrifice to God:

Do ye not know that your body is [the] temple of the Holy Spirit which [is] in you, which ye have of God; and ye are not your own? for ye have been bought with a price: glorify now then God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)

Would you present your body to God with a sign of death on it??

3. Another sign of spiritual death — immodesty:

When you make a tattoo or a body piercing, even if it is not a real tattoo but just an outwardly drawn picture on your body, you do that to draw attention to your body. And that’s immodest. A Christian does not use his body as a means for lust. And immodesty is one of the signs of spiritual death. That’s why the Bible clearly tells us that nakedness is shameful:

I counsel thee to buy of me gold purified by fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white garments, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not be made manifest; and eye-salve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see. (Revelation 3:18)

And the Bible specifically advises the Christian woman to be modest:

“Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments” (1 Timothy 2:9)

Just think how much a tattoo or a piercing is modest and discreet…

Actually, the tattoos and the body piercings are made in order to draw attention to the outward appearance, while the Bible advises the exact opposite:

whose adorning let it not be that outward one of tressing of hair, and wearing gold, or putting on apparel; but the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible [ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price. (1 Peter 3:3-4)

What a worldly woman looks for is to attract people with the fashion of her hair, with gold jewelry, with what she wears, and so with all what appears on the outside. While a woman whose hope is in God does not do that. The same applies to the Christian man, of course in a different way than how it applies to women, but with the same principle. What should appear on any Christian is his love to the Lord and his walk in holiness. The following passage of Scripture is very deep and important; let’s all read it carefully:

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;
and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Therefore do not be partakers with them;
for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them”
(Ephesians 5:1-11)

In this very important passage, the Apostle explains what it means to be imitators of God. It means to walk in the same love with which Christ gave Himself up for us. It means that immorality or any kind of impurity should not even be named among us, as all immorality and impurity and immodesty are not proper among saints! We are sanctified to God in Christ, so we are saints, we are children of Light. So we walk in light.

And tattoos and body piercings are works of death and of darkness, as we have seen.

So, as a final note concerning the question whether a Christian may use tattoos for witnessing: as a Christian, you can’t use such signs of slavery to witness about the freedom in Christ. Do you murder in order to make people understand that murder is a sin?? Witnessing to slaves doesn’t mean to become slaves like them to do that. Jesus and His Apostles didn’t do like the sinners to teach them the truth. Paul said he became everything to everyone to lead them to Salvation (see 1 Corinthians 9:19-23), and that means that he knew how to understand their background. But this doesn’t mean that he ever has put himself under the Law or under sin in order to do that. In fact, he says it himself:

“to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.” (1 Corinthians 9:21)

So as Christians, we don’t act like slaves to sin and death, and we don’t injure our bodies and we don’t behave immodestly.

That was, in brief, what we can say about the biblical truth concerning tattoos and body piercings AND all similar practices.

All Glory to God our Father in Christ Jesus our Lord!

In Christ’s Love,
Disciple of Jesus Christ

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46 Responses to What does the Bible say about tattoos and body piercings?

  1. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you, brother!

    I thank the Lord for you and for guiding you into posting such important articles that are of major significance, mostly to today’s generation. Please pray with me that the people we are sending the link to, they are indeed reading them and learning all the beautiful and meaningful things that God has to tell them through His Holy Word.

    May He give us to continue in this ministry, working in His field, glorifying Him every step of the way.

    My love be with you in Christ Jesus,
    Christservant.

  2. Sally Sims says:

    I find it to be very interesting that you use your bias as your only strength.

  3. Our bias is that God’s Word is true. And that’s indeed a big strength.

  4. James says:

    This article fails to deal with several issues…

    First off let me state up front, I am an inked born again believer.

    With that stated, the only scripture dealing with tattoos is Leviticus 19:28 “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” This chapter deals with the laws given to Moses by God to be given to the children of Israel. In these sets of laws in Leviticus 19: 26-27 it states, “Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. Do not practice divination or sorcery. Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.”

    Now I assume the writer of this article has no problem with eating pork, or any other bloody meat and being clean shaven, so this automatically puts the reasoning of tattoos being a sin, up to further debate. There are obviously many laws given to the children of Israel that we should all obey from this chapter in Leviticus, such as versus 11-13 that deal with theft, dishonesty, deceit, etc. And there are other laws that we simply do not follow such as verse 19 that states, “…Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.”

    Many of the laws found in Leviticus are for the moral and ethical fiber of the Christian community and should be adhered to today and others are simply for the health and well-being of the children of Israel, as they lived in a time when diseases and rottenness could not be controlled as we can today. Please keep in mind that in the Old Testament the Israelites were surrounded by cultures that used tattoos as a means to worship idols and in religious ceremony. Mainstream tattoos today do not have that basis, and are simply applied to give account or homage to a part of that persons life. Having said that, I do believe that tattoos and branding used by gangs and other groups/societies are in fact sinful. As a Christian we should never accept a mark that makes us part of a group because in this fashion we could be marked with the sign of the Beast.

    As far as modesty is concerned, all of my ink is kept wrapped securely under my clothing. No one can see it, and it draws no attention to me. I am married and my wife has no objections to them, so I have not caused any issues with my family.

    Regards,
    James

  5. Dear James,

    Being a supposedly born again believer (I am not judging you with this “supposedly”, but I don’t know you) does not give you any authority to interpret the Word of God. Only the Bible interprets the Bible. And the approval of humans for any of our practices does not make those practices good in any way. And as I see in your comment, you are trying to justify some kinds of tattoos because you have tattoo marks on your body. Besides, it is clear that you have a wrong understanding concerning the difference between the Law and the Old Covenant. We surely do not keep the ordinances of the Old Covenant, but we do keep the whole Law by faith. There is nothing in the Law that should not be respected and taught and practiced as Jesus said:

    “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
    “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
    “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
    “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
    (Matthew 5:17-20)

    As you can see, Jesus didn’t come to abolish the Law. Although you want to ignore some parts of the Law as not binding to Christians, yet Jesus said that not even a small letter will pass from the Law. And if you annul any of the commandments of the Law and you teach others to do the same, you will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven. So you should not annul any commandment of the Law. The main point is to understand that the Righteousness with which you will keep the Law should surpass the legalistic righteousness of the Pharisees, as Jesus says. This means that you will not expect to be justified by the works of the Law, and that you will keep the Law by the righteousness of faith, according to the New Covenant and not according to the Old Covenant. And the commandments that people call “ceremonial” and “civil” all have a spiritual meaning and thus should be kept by the Christians by the Spirit and not according to the Old Covenant.

    We have explained these things in our article, and we have said in details how this is related to the practice of tattoos and body piercings.

    In brief, the Law was not abolished, as it is the Word of God. It is the Old Covenant that was abolished. So we keep the Law by faith according to the New Covenant and not according to the Old Covenant.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  6. brandon says:

    I dont agree. because Leviticus 19:23-28 23 “When you enter the land and plant fruit trees, leave the fruit unharvested for the first three years and consider it forbidden.[f] Do not eat it. 24 In the fourth year the entire crop must be consecrated to the Lord as a celebration of praise. 25 Finally, in the fifth year you may eat the fruit. If you follow this pattern, your harvest will increase. I am the Lord your God. 26 “Do not eat meat that has not been drained of its blood. “Do not practice fortune-telling or witchcraft. 27 “Do not trim off the hair on your temples or trim your beards. 28 “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord.

    its not a sin for us to cut our hair, or trim our beards, he was talking to Isreal when he said this, setting them apart from the rest or the nations surrounding them. I agrre with you when you say that the law wont change n jesus didnt come to abolish the law but to fulfill it, but the law was never intended for us so if we dont follow it the law hasnt changed and we havent broken the law. it like the law now says convicted felony in america cant vote, if u tried to vote tomorrow you wouldnt be breaking the law, because that law was not intended for you to follow

  7. Dear brandon,

    If you read the article carefully, you will understand how the Law should be established today by those who are under Grace. I have explained in details how the Law was not abolished while the Old Covenant, which is according to the Law, was abolished. In other words, I am not supposed to follow the letter that kills, but the Spirit who gives life (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:6). We are under the New Covenant, and we should establish the Law by faith (cf. Romans 3:31).

    So, yes, the Law of God is for all times and for all people, and not only for Israel. It is the Old Covenant which was made with the Jews, and yet that Covenant is now abolished. And as the Law is for all times and for all people, and as it was not abolished, so yes you are supposed to establish it. If you annul ANY of the commandments of the Law and you teach people to do the same you will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven:

    “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)

    So beware of doing that.

    Besides, if the Law is not perfectly fulfilled in you, you will die in your sins:

    “so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:4)

    Of course, if you don’t live according to the Spirit, you MUST die:

    “for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13)

    So if you live according to the Spirit, you will know how to apply the commandments of the Law according to the New Covenant and not according to the Old Covenant. For instance, it IS a sin to cut your hair in a way that gives an impression about you that you don’t live a godly life. You SHOULD give a good witness by your external appearance. According to the Old Covenant, it was particularly the rounding off of the side-growth of your head or the harming of the edge of your beard. Under the New Covenant, you understand by the Spirit how to be sanctified in your outward appearance by learning from this commandment by the Spirit, and not by following the letter. If this commandment was not given, you would not learn about sanctification. If you annul this commandment, you will despise sanctification, as the work of the Spirit is to fulfill the requirement of the Law in us who walk according to the Spirit. Again, in the passage that you quoted, the Lord teaches us to glorify Him from the fruit of our work, whatever that work is. He also teaches us to respect life and to dislike ferocity. How would you learn all these things if the Law was not for you?? The only point is to understand that you can’t keep the Law by the flesh, so you should give up keeping it according to the Old Covenant, and you should put your trust in Christ Jesus. Then you will know how to keep the Law according to the New Covenant, for you will be dead to the Law. When you put your trust in Christ it is YOU (the old self) who die and not the Law.

    Again, I don’t think you believe it’s OK to practice divination or soothsaying!! And yet, the passage that you quoted mentions this. If the Law is not for you, then why is divination wrong for you? Again, the Law says that adultery is a sin! If that Law is only for the Jews, then does this mean that it’s OK if you commit adultery??!

    The same principle applies on the cuts in your body for the dead and on tattoo marks. I have explained in details in the article all what this commandment means for us who are under the New Covenant.

    If you want to give a bad witness about who the Lord is, and if you are still dead in your sins, then make tattoo marks and piercings on this body which should be a temple for the Holy Spirit…

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  8. Jordan says:

    Hi there

    so I was reading through and at first was liking what you were saying but then realised that you completely missed the point of “for the dead” so let’s think about this for a second and ask the question, what does it mean to cut your body for the dead? I would say that it is referring to pagan practices of the time where people would cut and tattoo their bodies in honour of people who have died, and that saying that it’s referring to the “hopelessness of death” is totally taking it out of context!

    Then you go on to say, and I quote:
    “God made our body pure for His Glory. Your body is precious, and you should not despise it and think badly about it or use it as a means of sin. What you need to do is to present your body a living and holy sacrifice to God:

    “Do ye not know that your body is [the] temple of the Holy Spirit which [is] in you, which ye have of God; and ye are not your own? For ye have been bought with a price: glorify now then God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

    “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.“ (Romans 12:1)

    Would you present your body to God with a sign of death on it??”

    No. I would not put a sign of death on my body but the bible doesn’t say that a tattoo is a sign of death it says not to cut or tattoo your body in honour of the dead, we are to honour God with our bodies not the dead.
    Our bodies are temples and how many temples or churches or cathedrals’ have you seen that have not been decorated with beautiful art work, with the specific purpose of honouring and glorifying God. God has gifted each of us in wonderful ways with talents and abilities that we should use to glorify Him. some he has made talented artists, whether musically or with writing or with sculpting or with painting etc. and so I think to tattoo a scripture or a beautiful scene showing the love and mercy of Christ IS honouring to God and IS treating our bodies like a temple.

    But we should pray and ask the Holy Spirit if that is something he would want us as an individual to do. I think it is a decision that needs to be made between you and God. As it says in Romans 14:14
    “I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
    And Romans 14:22,23
    “The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.

    so if I feel the Holy Spirit leading me to put a God honouring piece of art on my body please don’t condemn me and say that I am putting marks of death on my body, because that is not what Leviticus 19:28 is saying.

  9. Dear Jordan,

    Thank you for these interesting comments.

    What we all can notice in the comments that we are receiving to this article is that there is an essential misunderstanding concerning the relation of the Law with the New Covenant. People’s reactions show that they assume we are saying that we should apply the Law according to the Old Covenant, i.e. according to its Old Covenant context. But the truth is that we are dead to the Law, and we now belong to Christ. We are under the New Covenant, and we establish the Law by faith and not by works. This has been detailed in the article, so I will not go back there.

    My comments on your reply will give the evidence for what I just said…

    so I was reading through and at first was liking what you were saying but then realised that you completely missed the point of “for the dead” so let’s think about this for a second and ask the question, what does it mean to cut your body for the dead? I would say that it is referring to pagan practices of the time where people would cut and tattoo their bodies in honour of people who have died, and that saying that it’s referring to the “hopelessness of death” is totally taking it out of context!

    Tattoos and body piercings were done by pagans as signs of grief for a dead and as a sort of propitiatory offering to the gods who according to them presided over death. And this was considered as an act of respect for the person who was dead. While the Word of God teaches us NOT to have such a grief like the pagans who do not know God:

    “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

    We are the people of resurrection, as the original article says, and we should not grieve as do those who do not have hope. So we should not have the hopelessness of death like the pagans. Those signs that the pagans made on their bodies were signs of this hopelessness of death. The Word of God teaches the spiritual man not to behave like those pagans who do not know God and who do not have the hope of resurrection.

    As you can see, the text of the Law is not a human legislation. It is spiritual, and it should be understood and applied spiritually, and not as keeping the dead letter like the Pharisees… When the Law says not to murder, the context of the Old Covenant is about physical murder, but Jesus explained that this has a deeper meaning, as it spiritually also means not to sinfully get angry with your brother (cf. Matthew 5:21-24). When the Law says not to commit adultery, the context is about physical sexual relationships with someone who is not your wife, but Jesus explained that this has a deeper meaning, as it spiritually means not to look at a woman with lust for her (cf. Matthew 5:27-30). And in the same way, when the Law says not to make signs on your body for the dead, this also has a deeper meaning, as it spiritually means that you should not make signs of death and hopelessness on your body, because your body should be the temple of the Holy Spirit.

    So understanding the spiritual meaning is NOT out of context. It is the true meaning of the text as applied under the New Covenant.

    No. I would not put a sign of death on my body but the bible doesn’t say that a tattoo is a sign of death it says not to cut or tattoo your body in honour of the dead, we are to honour God with our bodies not the dead.

    We have seen how the Bible says that tattoos and piercings are signs of death, both in the article and in my reply to you. So, just as you said, we should honor God with our bodies, and not the dead.

    Our bodies are temples and how many temples or churches or cathedrals’ have you seen that have not been decorated with beautiful art work, with the specific purpose of honouring and glorifying God. God has gifted each of us in wonderful ways with talents and abilities that we should use to glorify Him. some he has made talented artists, whether musically or with writing or with sculpting or with painting etc. and so I think to tattoo a scripture or a beautiful scene showing the love and mercy of Christ IS honouring to God and IS treating our bodies like a temple.

    The buildings of local churches are NOT the temple of God according to the New Covenant, as in the New Covenant the Temple of Jerusalem which was the shadow of the body of Christ does not exist anymore. According to the New Covenant, the Church which is the invisible assembly of all true believers is the temple of God, and NOT the buildings of stone.

    Now, if you would like to make a better comparison, you would refer us to the Temple of Jerusalem, and not to churches and cathedrals. Well, if you read carefully the description of the Temple (cf. 1 Kings 6:14-36) and of the Tabernacle (cf. Exodus 26 and 27), you will see how all the works of art are: 1) Divinely inspired; 2) Found in the INSIDE of the Temple… And that’s what the New Testament teaches us: That the beauty with which we should glorify God through our bodies is to be found on the INSIDE of our bodies, in the inner man, and not on the outside, and that this beauty should be by the Grace of God, and not by human dead works. So, according to this biblical principle, it is wrong to make your own human-made art on your body (tattoos and piercings), and it is also wrong to make that art on the outside, as all work of art was to cover the INSIDE of the Temple.

    This is indeed what the New Testament teaches:

    “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.
    But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.”
    (Romans 2:28-29)

    Again:

    “whose adorning let it not be that outward one of tressing of hair, and wearing gold, or putting on apparel; but the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible [ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price. (1 Peter 3:3-4)

    People work on the adornment of their bodies, while the Bible teaches that the “works of art” should be on the inside, and those works should be done by the hand of God, and not by us, as sanctification is by the Lord’s Grace and not by anything we may be able to do as bad “artists”.

    So it’s not you or me who decide what is honoring to God and what is not honoring. It is His Word that decides. And we have seen that tattoos and body piercings are done with the purpose of honoring the flesh and as signs of death, and that they do not honor God.

    But we should pray and ask the Holy Spirit if that is something he would want us as an individual to do. I think it is a decision that needs to be made between you and God. As it says in Romans 14:14

    Romans 14:14 is not about the things about which the Bible clearly says that they are sinful. We have seen in which way tattoos and body piercings are sinful works, so you should not look within your feelings to find out what the Holy Spirit says; you just read the Word of the Holy Spirit (the Bible), and you know what He tells you. Do you pray and ask the Holy Spirit whether fornication is a sin or not? No, but you read what He says about fornication in the Bible and you obey, or else you don’t want to obey and you try to find excuses for your disobedience.

    “I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

    This of course does not mean that fornication is not unclean in itself… As I explained above, this text is about the neutral matters.

    And Romans 14:22,23
    “The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.

    And faith builds on what God has revealed in His Word. If there is something about which the Word didn’t say anything directly or indirectly, then you will be in-topic when you quote this passage. But we have seen that the Bible clearly talks about tattoos and body piercings, so your quotation is off-topic here.

    so if I feel the Holy Spirit leading me to put a God honouring piece of art on my body please don’t condemn me and say that I am putting marks of death on my body, because that is not what Leviticus 19:28 is saying.

    We have seen what Leviticus 19 is saying, so I will not go back there.

    Now, it is really sad to hear that you follow what your feelings tell you instead of following the Word of God. It’s not right to look for what you FEEL the Holy Spirit is leading you to do, as in that case you will be following your human heart that makes errors. You should look for what the Holy Spirit is telling you in His Word, the Bible.

    The God honoring pieces of art should be made inside the temple, as we have seen, and they should be done by God’s Grace and not by your or my fallen nature as it is the case with tattoos and body piercings (I wonder how piercings are an art anyway…)

    And please note that I am not condemning you when I tell you what the Bible clearly says. I am encouraging you to obey what God says.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  10. amjster says:

    Can we say “extremist?

    … and I agree with Jordan.

    It merely says not to cut or tattoo your body for the ‘sake of the dead’. Nothing more. By the way, Christians throughout history have branded the name of Jesus on there bodies. There are also many tattoos today that honor and praise Jesus.

  11. Dear amjster,

    Christians throughout history have been called “extremist” and “fundamentalist” for hating the world and all what is in the world. It is really sad that many so-called Christians today wish to “praise” Jesus by the ways and habits of the world.

    We have seen in the article what the Bible says about tattoos and body piercings, and I have explained where the errors of Jordan are.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  12. nakisha says:

    is there anywhere in the bible that says, once u have a tattoo, u will not make it into the kingdom of heaven. even if u got the tattoo while u where a sinner

  13. is there anywhere in the bible that says, once u have a tattoo, u will not make it into the kingdom of heaven. even if u got the tattoo while u where a sinner

    Nowhere.

    We all are sinners, and our only hope for Salvation is in the Lord Jesus Christ the only Righteous. There is no time in your life on earth when you can say “I was previously a sinner, but now I am not”. But in the Lord we are SAVED sinners, justified by the Grace of God alone. So those who are in Christ Jesus are new creatures. They are righteous in Christ. Although they are sinners in themselves, but they are dead to themselves, and so they don’t walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. So those who are in Christ live their lives to the Glory of God. And this article presents the truth that God declares in His Word about tattoos and body piercings so that every repentant sinner may learn from the Word and obey the Will of the Lord. Once you are dead to the world and to all what is in the world, then you are alive in Christ, and you have eternal life even though you have a tattoo on your body from the past. Now that your heart is not attached to those worldly practices anymore and you know how tattoos and body piercings are bad and do not glorify the Name of Christ, you glorify the Lord by denying those practices. The Lord doesn’t ask you to leave this body, but to use it to His Glory. An adulterous woman does not need to make herself physically virgin again in order to please the Lord, but when she belongs to Christ, then she doesn’t use her body for anything that dishonors the Lord; in the Lord she’s pure. In the same way, a person who has tattoos from the past does not need to make his body clean from tattoos again, but when he belongs to Christ, then he doesn’t make tattoos and he doesn’t encourage those worldly practices; in the Lord he’s pure. But in case there is any way to get rid of those tattoos medically without injuring his body, then the Christian should use it. In all cases, as is said in the article, the Christian follows the leading of the Spirit according to His Word.

    So if you are in Christ, then you are not bound by any sin you did in the past, but in Him you are free to live in righteousness.

    All this is clearly taught in the Word of God. Excuse me for not quoting the concerned passages from the Bible, because I couldn’t do a detailed Bible study about this in the limits of this comment. But if you would like to have more details about each point mentioned above, please tell me, and by the Lord’s Grace I will write a detailed article about this topic with all the concerned passages of the Word of God.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  14. Lynnette says:

    We as Americans are in a melting pot and it is our Awesome task as Christians in a country “Under God” to weed ..seek…fight through allllll of the practices and beliefs of other “religions” to do say and BE what God intended in HIS word the problem is when many different practices are practiced by those who know nothing of the origins of these rituals ! By merely converting it to what you believe it to be does not change its meaning of why the act is done and does not change the outcome because it has been altered to look “Cool or Pretty” the concept behind all of these practices all had significant meanings be they a rite of passage .. a symbol of bondage … or a branding of death this disciple of God is trying to explain to all so the accountability is on us all ..NOW WE KNOW if we did not before. This is not to condemn those that are already done without knoweldge BUT so to keep us from making the same GRAVEN mistakes. We as Americans take a bit from here and a bit from there simply for our own pleasure unfortunately in some manner that is how America was formed. We must remain true to our God and it is written that without KNOWLEDGE people PERISH !! We have the knowledge here and now to reject it is your own personal choice that is referred to as “Free Will” God Bless You Disciple of Jesus Christ and all who have an EAR let them hear what thus saith the Lord.

  15. Thank you for the comment, Lynnette.

    It seems that you have a message that you want to share with the world, especially with the Americans. Would you like to post anything on our weblog? You are welcome, in case you want. You can go to this page to find the details about how you can do that.

    Thank you again for the comment.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  16. leee says:

    sooo wait i still dont get it…ii read through everything and i still dont get it…..is it good or bad to get a piercing or a tatoo..even if u asked for forgiveness?? the lord accept you for who you are..because i see christians and none christians with tatoos and it is indeed a tatoo about the lord? the lord accept your flesh but ur soul right?? im just confused about this thing??

  17. Dear leee,

    All your questions have been answered previously in this article and in its comments. In brief, it is bad to get a sign of death on your flesh if indeed you have the life of Jesus Christ. If you’re still dead in your sins, then you first need to receive the life from Jesus. If you had a tattoo or a piercing but you now honestly asked for forgiveness, then you are forgiven and you don’t make new tattoos and piercings again, and if possible you remove any previous tattoo. We have seen this in a previous comment. Read the comments carefully.

    The Lord accepts you as you are, to SAVE you from your sins and not to encourage you in those sins. In the resurrection, you won’t have those sinful signs on the risen body.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  18. Kendall says:

    Leviticus is a book the primarily deals with pagans surrounding the Israelites in the Old Testament. This book addresses and forbids several of the rituals of the pagans. Leviticus also condemns non-kosher foods and trimming ones hair or beard. In the Old Testament, these things were forbidden because in the society of that time period, they were strictly associated with pagans and pagan culture. Today, Christians eat non-kosher foods and get hair cuts because these things are no longer associated with pagan rituals. Tattoos are no longer associated with those rituals as well. Could not a biblical tattoo be a different way to help spread the message of God to the people around us? Yes, I believe Christians should be cautious when getting a tattoo. They should thouroughly research the tattoo they are wishing to get and make sure it has no pagan or sinful meanings. They should pray and ask God for guidance on the issues as well. After thorough research and meditation, if they are still compelled in their heart to get their tattoo, there is nothing that can soundly stand in their way.

  19. Dear Kendall,

    The Law of God is for all times, as has previously been explained in details whether in the article or in the comments. So the Law of God does not depend of the difference of cultures or societies, because it is the Word of God and not the word of men. The only thing that people need to understand is the difference between the application of this Law according to the Old Covenant and its application according to the New Covenant. In the previous comments, we have the explanations concerning the foods that Christians eat today and the hair cuts, so please read the comments.

    And concerning “Christian tattoos”, the article clarifies that point very well. Note that today tattoos ARE associated with worldly practices, and Christians should not walk as the world walks. If the prayer of a Christian has not the purpose of obeying what God will give as an answer to that prayer, then it is a disobedient prayer and God is not pleased with it. We have seen what the answer of God concerning tattoos is. God will not give an answer that disagrees with His Word, the Bible, as God does not contradict Himself.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  20. Steven Buckley says:

    Well, in most cases whee I’ve heard (even Pastors) teach on tats and piercings…..If the Bible CLEARLY speaks of the need for Christians to dress ‘modestly’, then who will be the judge of what is modest? The latest culture? Just because the Bible doesn’t state “DON’T get tats or piercings”, it doesn’t mean we’re to ignore the principles of what God has in place. If we are Christians, we believe in prayer to God for healing. If the body has a wound, God’s nature is to CLOSE it. If He doesn’t, the body infects. Tat ink has been found to impede the lymph nodes, where God has placed agents to deal with viruses, bacterias and even cancers. Disregarding this very nature of God is the greater question as to the WHY get the tats and piercings in the first place. Disregarding God’s intent and nature from the very time of Creation MUST be viewed as sin. To mar by tattoo or leave a hole by a chunk of metal as in a piercing DENIES the nature of God’s intent at healing. This applies to the spirit as well. If He intends to fill us, there shouldn’t be ANYTHING in the way, should there?

    In Christ, Steve redeemed@cmspan.net

  21. Robert4Christ says:

    For those that read this far down this page. You surely CAN be saved if you do have tattoos on your body. As you are transformed in Christ theirs a SPIRITUAL change that takes place. Jesus loves you despite what you did in the past. Thats why he died for YOU. I have brothers in Christ that have tatoos. They are among the greatest Christians I Know. Hey. If Jesus Christ and Moses never put a tattoo to spread the good news then MAYBE you should’nt. Moses killed a man by the way but God still used him after he MET him. Never killed again. To Branden I say the cathedrals are NOT the body of Christ their walls. and Christ said that HIS kingdom is NOT of this world. God is a spirit. God is a mysterious God. The bible does not say to stick your finger in an outlet yet the Holy Spirit tells me not too. To the Disciple of Christ I say The bible says that if after much explaining someone does’nt get it treat them as a Tax collector ( Thieves in that time), Brandon, Christ IS the example. For all that are confused. Ask Christ directly in spirit and focus on him as as he promised he will reveil to you his love and TRUTH in him. And remember, Christ came to free you of the conviction of the law, not to change it. To fulfil it. Just like a dad might bail you out of jail and take the rap for you does’nt mean you are free to keep breakin the law. Good News everyone. Christ is the answer. Good job Desciple of Christ in explaining things and keep up the GOOD work in Christ Jesus.

  22. Robert4Christ says:

    Just for the record here. I’m a little over weight and yes God is working with me on that. I’ve lost 45 lbs. :) My wife has two tatoos. She does’nt hide the one on her neck and yes she accepted CHRIST as her personal savior. The reason I say this is to get people to NOT focus on the imperfections of a Christian but to focus on CHRIST. Christ was NOT over weight nor did he have tatoos. Focus on HIM is the message. HE’S the massiah. He is the savior.

  23. Mary T says:

    The straight and narrow way is the way. I didn’t realize how narrow it is until I read this – it makes me rethink about things that I never considered “bad” (sinful). I can tell you this – a person possibly could get a tattoo and if they dont’ know the meaning, i.e. if its a Chinese symbol – they could possibly unawares – put a permanent tattoo on their body and forever they will be proclaiming an evil symbol. Also, I had a piercing when I was an unsaved sinner, and believe me, there is a ritual that I associated with this piercing – ie.. by receiving the piercing on me, I was associating myself with the thing that the piercing was for. So there is a ritual that is powerful indeed. In fact, even when I was an unsaved sinner, this piercing bothered me and perhaps that was the Lord speaking to my soul – even back then.

    So i therefore, can understand where this article is all about.

  24. Miranda Nicole Vela Ritz says:

    Wel i had told my tia laura that i had wanted a tatoo or body peircingg so she had me read this and while i was reading i was crying not because nit was sinfull and like i was making the price of darkness happy NO!!!! let me tell you the reason i would like one im gonna get a pair of angel wing with my dad and grandfathers name on it and each morning when i wake up and i see my tatoo it will remind me that im strong and the two me ingraved on my back are the ones who mad me strong who picked me up when i was down and yet im only16 but i know my right from my wrong i know what he wants me to do and i wil do that but im gonna talk to god and explain and he said its ohkay he forgives me plus its only between HIM AND ME NOBODY ELS!!!!!

  25. Dear Miranda,

    Will you lose your eternity in Hell just because of some emotional attachment to your parents? Is it not better to love them in the right way, as God wants you to love them?

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  26. Robert4Christ says:

    Miranda, God created our bodies (his temple). The human body and it’s parts have a reason. The body in brief is used to walk, speak, see, smell, etc. The body is made up of earth(minerals) in brief. The spirit [of] God ( God is spirit, God is life, God is love, God is light in brief) breathed into Adams nostrills and gave life to Adam in which This body now begat a soul. This perfect creation that lives forever is made up of ‘Body, Soul and Spirit’. Christ said that it’s the spirit that gives life. Not the flesh. The soul is whats going to heaven or hell (thats the real concious you). The human then sinned and became imperfect and can’t live forever anymore imperfect. The word of God had to become flesh in order to die and enter the chambers and dongeons of death in order to REACH us. Thats Jesus Christ. (The word became flesh) Jesus died, defeated death by resurecting and saving us all from eternal death (Hell). Satan became powerless against you with Christ by your side. Read the four Gospels of the New Testiment
    ( Mathew, Mark, Luke and John). Then keep reading. Go to a Christian church for teaching (remember, the body of Christ is the real church). Christ teaches us on how a follower of Christ should do things. Christ teaches us to live in the spirit and to seperate ourselves from the fleshly desires. If you put your grandparents, tattoos, anyone or anything before Christ, how can you be worthy of Christ. Christ will take anyone as they come to him, yes even if a tattoos on their body says ” Satan Rules and Death Rules” etc. since God does’nt see the sinfull flesh anymore since Christ died for us and we bacame justified in Christ. Your grandparents can’t die for your sins, niether did Virgin Marry ever. Tattoos are never condoned by God but of mans own understanding. Strength comes from God, not images. your saying that a tattoo or images are needed to remind you of things and by you saying this your preaching this to many and telling them to do likewise? Then why do we need the living Holy Spirit? And, did your granparents make you strong or are their words of God perhaps. Can this book called The Holy Bible (paper and ink) be torn in half? The word of God can never be destroyed. And: Any angel wings made of ink are not thse of real angels. There fake, of ink and givin by you. Do you want to earn real angel wings? Here are a few sugestions: Take care of the widows and orphans, feed the poor in spirit and in material, carry your cross and deny yourself and most important, keep Jesus in your heart and listen to his guidence. Jesus loves you and so do I. Hope you make the right decision. :)

  27. Please note that Robert4Christ has shared some heretical teachings that do not agree with the Word of God, but we have not deleted his comment because we want to respect the right of every person to share his opinions respectfully on our blog and to get the biblical correction here. I would like to kindly advise Robert not to try to teach other people here, but to address us directly, because he does not represent us and therefore he doesn’t have the right to teach people through our weblog. That would be more respectful, dear Robert.

    Now, I will not go off topic here by correcting every error in Robert’s comment, but I will just put some short notes about his errors:

    1. Not all humans’ bodies are the temple of God, although they all were originally created to be so. Only those who have Christ are members of His body, and their bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

    2. “The spirit [of] God breathed into Adam’s nostrils” is not an exact expression and it doesn’t agree with the teaching of the Bible. First, it is God, and not just one Person of the Trinity, who breathed into Adam’s nostrils. And second, the Spirit of God is not any spirit, so He should not be mentioned in a so common way; at least, we should distinguish Him by writing His Name with a capital “S”.

    3. “This body now begat a soul” is not right. Our bodies do not beget souls… I don’t see from where Robert got the idea that our bodies beget a soul…

    4. What a shame that the human spirit is considered by Robert worthy to be distinguished by a capital “S”, while the Spirit of God is not…

    5. Robert says that this creation which is the human body, soul, and spirit lives forever, and then he contradicts this when he says that the body will not live forever…

    6. Jesus did NOT say that it is the human spirit that gives life, but Robert misapplies what Jesus said in order to build a wrong doctrine that says that it is the human spirit that gives life and that therefore it is only the human spirit that will enter Heaven or Hell. Jesus said that it is the Spirit (divine) that gives life: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” (John 6:63) As the Lord was speaking by the Spirit, so His words were spiritual truths (spirit and life = spiritual and living and life-giving).

    7. Robert does not understand the biblical term “flesh”, and he confuses it with the term “body” in the above quoted words of our Lord in John 6:63. The context of John 6:63 is about eating Christ’s flesh and drinking His blood, so is Robert trying to suggest that the flesh of Christ profits nothing?… The Lord said that if we don’t eat His flesh and we don’t drink His blood, then we do not have life in us… Anyway, this is the result we get when someone who doesn’t know biblical theology wants to teach other people biblical truth… I will not write here the details about what “flesh” means in the Bible, but I will just quote the short explanation that we have about that term in our article entitled Immaculate Conception?:

    Although the word “flesh” usually means “the earthly body” in the Bible (as our body was formed from the dust of the ground or of the earth), but this by extension also means the nature of this earthly body, i.e. the human nature. Thus it is written that “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14). Note that the Bible doesn’t say that Jesus just received a flesh, which would mean that the Logos (the Word) became the soul of that flesh (“flesh” here being considered to mean “body”)… The Bible says that the Word Himself, the Son of God, became flesh. The Son of God didn’t just become an “earthly body” (as the first meaning of the word “flesh” is), but He became human, He became human by nature, He became body and soul and spirit. So John 1:14 uses the term “flesh” as meaning “human” or “human nature”. By the use of this term “flesh” to point to the human nature, the Holy Spirit makes it clear that the human nature is earthly by nature, being the same flesh (nature) of Adam who fell in sin and was separated from God (i.e was dead in sin). Thus those who are still in their sins are called “in the flesh” (or fleshly by nature, as in Romans 8:9), or “in Adam” (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:22), as both expressions mean the same thing (i.e. naturally sinful). And those who are thus “in the flesh” by nature cannot please God (cf. Romans 8:7-8), not because of a simple weakness or stain of sinfulness that they have in their nature, but because they are sinful by nature, they are flesh by nature. We have a natural impossibility to obey God’s Law, because we are flesh by nature (cf. Romans 3:20 and Galatians 2:16 and Romans 8:7-8). It is not just a simple weakness in our humanness which otherwise would be good, but it is the nature of our fallen humanness.

    8. It is not only the soul that is going to Heaven or Hell, but the body and soul and spirit. Our bodies will rise on the last day, as the Lord said: “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” (John 5:28-29). It is clear that Robert needs to understand the biblical teaching about our resurrection, so we advise him to read 1 Corinthians 15. In brief, when you rise, your new risen body will not have tattoos on it.

    9. Christ teaches us to live in the Spirit, and not in the spirit of course…

    10. Salvation is not by our works as Robert suggests.

    11. Miranda will not be able to make the right decision unless God saves her by His Grace through a living faith. So the non-biblical teachings that Robert said to her will not make her be able to make the right decision, but the Word of God will! It seems that Robert also believes in the false teaching of decisional salvation…

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  28. Mark says:

    The whole thing is very simple. Christian means Christ-Like. Did Jesus punch holes in his body or have little pictures permanently applied to his skin? I don’t think so.
    As for the “Christian” tattoos, you don’t reach the world by looking and acting like the world. Jesus said for us to come from among them. Enough with the cop outs and febble attempts to justify desacrating your bodies. If Jesus wouldn’t do it, then we shouldn’t. Period.

  29. That was a GREAT summary, brother Mark! May the Lord bless you richly!

  30. Robert4Christ says:

    I’m not here to debate Gods truth planted in my heart. I’m here to spread some light on questins about tattoos mentioned in

    previous posts. The real message (the seed) of tattoos has been planted. Mission accomplished. All answers are

    in the bible. Jesus loves every one of you. read it whenever you can. Anyway Just to prove some points here backed up by

    scripture. I will post. Just like false religion, everybody wants to be right. I’ve respected all of Desciple for Christs

    message and been accurate in some areas. I’m sure God is pleased and you have your reward. But to point out some things spoken against a true Godly

    posting, lets observe the following remembering that Christ is always right, and he is the true vine and we the branches John

    15:1, 15:4. To Disciple of Christ: Does’nt Ex 20:4 say Thou shalt not make unto thee any graved image, or any likeness of

    anything that is in heaven above, etc. Is the Disciple of Jesus Christs profile pic an image of Jesus? Should’nt you have added the

    name of Christ in your first sentence of point 11? In Gen 2:7 it says that the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,

    and breathed into his nostrils… and man ( that was) “BECAME” a living soul? Does’nt the word begat mean begotten, produce or

    become [of]? Arent there different translations of the Holy Bible that have different spellings yet mean the same? Yes the S

    should be capitalized in Spirit of God. The shame is in that person misrepresenting Christ and love. Matt 5:22 states that

    your in danger of hell and fire. I’m not speaking about the body of Chist here but about the human body. Does’nt Gen 3:19 say that unto dust shalt thou return( after Adam and Eve sinned against God?

    I misspelled the word Tattoo also in a line. oops. Is this message not of God now because of this? “Miranda, God created our bodies (his

    temple)” means just that. It simply states what God created the body to be his temple, Corinth 1 3:16,17 Christ makes it clear

    that the temple of God is those that believe in him after sin entered man. Never do I state that all bodies are the temple of

    God. Did’nt you judge Miranda of going to hell after she gets these tattoos in a previous coment.christ forgives every sin.(

    oops, forgot to capitalize Christ). Can’t Christ still forgive her? John 4:24 says that GOD IS A SPIRIT. I never stated that

    he was just any Spirit. Is this your site or a site inspired by GOD? read Matt 10:20, Do I preach me or do I preach God? When do I suggest that it’s by works that … ? In

    John 14:6 Jesus says ” I am the way the truth and the life…” ( The true vine). It’s Christ, not you. I’ve been saved by Christ 9 years ago, redeemed. Do you believe this? who cares what you believe, right? What Christ says is true. and Jesus lives in me. and these words are of him, not mine. Therefore Satan! Get behind the word of Christ and I in the name of Jesus.
    Therefore, I leave you in the hands of Christ. My lawyer.

  31. Robert, you are still going off topic and trying to make self-promotion. Please, be careful, because if you continue like this, then I will have to either edit your comments or to totally remove them for the sake of the good continuance of the discussion about the topic of this article. For now, I will try to help you with the misunderstandings that you have displayed in your last post:

    1. The truth of God does not contradict the Bible. In fact, the Bible is the truth of God. So if the truth was really planted in your heart, then you should not contradict the Bible.

    2. I don’t think you planted a good seed by what you said… Not all seed is good seed, as you know…

    3. Only God’s Word is right. We are not right, but the Word of God is. That’s why I used the Word of God to oppose your errors in your previous post.

    4. You say that I have been accurate in some areas… Please, show me my errors in the other areas, and let’s discuss them in the light of the Word of God.

    5. You said:

    John

    15:1, 15:4. To Disciple of Christ: Does’nt Ex 20:4 say Thou shalt not make unto thee any graved image, or any likeness of

    anything that is in heaven above, etc. Is the Disciple of Jesus Christs profile pic an image of Jesus?

    Yes, my profile picture presents the truth that the Lord is my Shepherd. And no, Exodus 20 does NOT say that we should not make images, otherwise the Scripture would be contradicting itself… If Exodus 20 said what you said it said, then the king Solomon made a big sin in the following passage: “Then he carved all the walls of the house round about with carved engravings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers, inner and outer sanctuaries.” (1 Kings 6:29) And as you know, he also was ordered by God to make in the inner sanctuary two cherubim of olive wood, each ten cubits high… I don’t think you believe God was commanding Solomon to disobey His Law, do you?… So either Exodus is not against works of art, or God commanded Solomon to sin… You choose…
    As you see, the Bible should not be interpreted according to your personal dreams and wishes, but it should be interpreted by the Bible itself, by studying both the particular and the general context. If you did this, you would notice that Exodus 20 does NOT say do not make images (and that’s it), but it says that you should not make images TO WORSHIP THEM.
    Don’t worry: my profile picture is not for worship; it is, as I said, to present a biblical truth.

    6. You said:

    Should’nt you have added the

    name of Christ in your first sentence of point 11?

    Why should I? Don’t you know who the Grace of God is and what living faith is? Then please read the following article: By Grace Alone vs. by Christ Alone?

    7. You said:

    In Gen 2:7 it says that the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,

    and breathed into his nostrils… and man ( that was) “BECAME” a living soul? Does’nt the word begat mean begotten, produce or

    become [of]? Arent there different translations of the Holy Bible that have different spellings yet mean the same?

    The different translations are not the original copies. I don’t see where the Bible says “This body now begat a soul”… So stop embarrassing yourself by defending an error.

    8. You said:

    Yes the S

    should be capitalized in Spirit of God. The shame is in that person misrepresenting Christ and love.

    Exactly. And love is biblical love of course, right? Not an emotional love…

    9. You said:

    Matt 5:22 states that

    your in danger of hell and fire.

    Let’s read Matthew 5:22 together and see where it says that I am in danger of Hell and fire:

    “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” (Matthew 5:22)

    You assume that I am angry with you personally. You’re wrong. And I don’t see where I ever told you “you good-for-nothing” or “you fool”. I only attack your foolish beliefs, and that’s not your person. Jesus and His Apostles also attacked false teaching. Are you teaching us not to attack false teaching?…

    10. You said:

    I’m not speaking about the body of Chist here but about the human body. Does’nt Gen 3:19 say that unto dust shalt thou return( after Adam and Eve sinned against God?

    That’s why you are in error: because only the body of Christ (the Church) is the temple of God, and our bodies, as members of Christ, are also the temple of God. That’s why I explained: Not all humans’ bodies are the temple of God, although they all were originally created to be so. Only those who have Christ are members of His body, and their bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. It seems you didn’t know that the Holy Spirit didn’t dwell in anyone’s body (except Christ’s) before Pentecost…

    11. You said:

    I misspelled the word Tattoo also in a line. oops. Is this message not of God now because of this?

    Stop mocking, and do something useful. I am not attacking misspellings, but errors in doctrine.

    12. You said:

    “Miranda, God created our bodies (his

    temple)” means just that. It simply states what God created the body to be his temple, Corinth 1 3:16,17 Christ makes it clear

    that the temple of God is those that believe in him after sin entered man. Never do I state that all bodies are the temple of

    God.

    Thanks for agreeing with me that not all humans’ bodies are the temple of God, although they all were originally created to be so. Only those who have Christ are members of His body, and their bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. So it’s a wrong argument to invite the unsaved to refuse tattoos for the fact that their bodies are the temples of God, because they are not.

    13. You said:

    Did’nt you judge Miranda of going to hell after she gets these tattoos in a previous coment.

    Never. Show me where you think I did.

    14. You said:

    christ forgives every sin.(

    oops, forgot to capitalize Christ).

    People in the last days are characterized by being mockers…

    No, Christ does NOT forgive every sin. The sin of unrepentance will NOT be forgiven, as you know. No one can be forgiven if he doesn’t repent. So if you want to continue to obstinately make tattoos and to disobey God, then you are NOT forgiven. But if you repent for the tattoos that you made and you rely on Christ alone for forgiveness, then you are forgiven, even if your whole body is covered with tattoos that you made in your ignorance.

    Those who have ears can hear this, of course…

    15. You said:

    Can’t Christ still forgive her?

    Yes, He can, but through real faith, i.e. through repentance. If she doesn’t repent, she can’t receive forgiveness.

    16. You said:

    John 4:24 says that GOD IS A SPIRIT. I never stated that

    he was just any Spirit.

    So make sure to respect Him and to write Spirit with a capital S when you speak about Him, all glory to His Name!

    17. You said:

    Is this your site or a site inspired by GOD?

    This site belongs to Christ, just like everything in my and our lives as disciples of Jesus.

    18. You said:

    read Matt 10:20, Do I preach me or do I preach God?

    You preached wrong things about God’s truth in your previous reply, so I had to correct that. That’s all. Why are you so bothered with this? Can’t anyone correct you with the Word of God?? Learn from Peter whom Paul corrected before everyone. Be humble.

    19. You said:

    When do I suggest that it’s by works that … ?

    When you said the following: “Do you want to earn real angel wings? Here are a few sugestions: Take care of the widows and orphans, feed the poor in spirit and in material, carry your cross and deny yourself and most important, keep Jesus in your heart and listen to his guidence.”

    20. You said:

    In

    John 14:6 Jesus says ” I am the way the truth and the life…” ( The true vine). It’s Christ, not you.

    So did you mean to tell Miranda that it is not her, but Christ who will take care of the widows, and orphans, feed the poor in spirit and in material, and carry His cross and deny Himself, and most importantly, keep Jesus in His heart and listen to His guidance in order to EARN real angel wings?… And what are those angel wings that she will EARN according to you?…

    It seems you are a poet… But just be careful to respect the biblical teaching about Salvation when you begin to write poetry…

    21. You said:

    I’ve been saved by Christ 9 years ago, redeemed.

    Prove it. I’ve been saved by Christ almost 2000 years ago, and I can prove that from Scripture…

    22. You said:

    I’ve been saved by Christ 9 years ago, redeemed. Do you believe this? who cares what you believe, right? What Christ says is true. and Jesus lives in me.

    I don’t know you enough to know what your fruits tell about your Salvation. But this is irrelevant. If you are saved, this doesn’t mean that what you said in your previous reply was not wrong.

    You said that what Christ says is true… Did He say “Robert is saved”?? Please, show us where He said that in the Bible…

    23. You said:

    and these words are of him, not mine.

    Your words are the Word of God?? Be careful…

    24. You said:

    Therefore Satan! Get behind the word of Christ and I in the name of Jesus.
    Therefore, I leave you in the hands of Christ. My lawyer.

    I guess you think what you just said is better than calling me a “fool”… So let’s read Matthew 5:22 again:

    “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” (Matthew 5:22)

    Be careful, Robert. Listen to God’s Word and repent. And please don’t post off topic replies anymore.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  32. Mark says:

    It is my belief that if a person is TRULY saved and is walking with Jesus on a daily basis, he or she will not WANT to get tattooed or pierced. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation….old things have passed away. True salvation brings change, so if there is no change, then I have to question one’s salvation. The Bible says that we will know a tree by the fruit it bears.

  33. Brother Mark, I like your comments very much.

  34. Ezell says:

    Hi there. I haven’t had time to read all the comments so I dunno if this was already addressed. But wrt your body being a temple and all that… What do u think about Christians who are overweight or ok excessive junk food ar unclean things like mentioned in the same book (Leviticus) isn’t that also against God’s will and I’m so sorry but could u also explain the OLD LAW NEW COVENANT this to me? Cus I’m not sure I understand why somethings are ok but others are not. (I’m on my phone so I’m sorry if this was already addressed)

  35. Dear Ezell,

    Christians walk by the Spirit, as it is explained in the article. So a Christian should not live to eat, and he will not do the things to which the ordinances of the Law pointed (the Book of Leviticus included). This was also explained in previous comments. So it is essential for a Christian to understand the difference between keeping the Law by works and keeping it by faith. That’s why the issue of the difference between the Law and the Old Covenant and the New Covenant was explained in the article in details. Please, take the time to read that, because it is already explained.

    NOTHING forbidden by the Law of God is “OK” for Christians. But we should understand how to keep the Law by faith and not by works. As I said, this is explained in details in the article and in some previous comments. If you have any question about any part of that explanation, please ask it in your next comment.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  36. Ezell says:

    U see, that’s just it. I don’t get it. I don’t understand the difference between keeping the law by works and keeping it by faith. That’s what’s confusing me! Plz plz if u don’t mind walking me thru it.I’m a very frustrated Christian because I want to do things right and I’m so tough on myself when I make mistakes cus I feel like ppl are constantly judging me. I want to please God and do the things He asks of me, but I’m also very conscious about being a stumbling block and ppl judging me. So I honestly can’t tell if I’m walking by works or by Faith.

  37. Dear Ezell,

    Sorry, am I speaking to a man or to a woman? I ask this in order to know how to use illustrations in our conversation.

    As you are honestly wishing to obey the Lord, and you need to understand the issue about the keeping of the Law by faith, so I prefer to have an interactive conversation with you rather than a mere explanation from one side. If you prefer that we use a chat service in order to be more practical, please tell me in your next reply, or simply write me an email to disciple.JesusChrist@gmail.com.

    I first need to know where you are in your walk with the Lord. You say you want to do things right, and you are so tough on yourself when you make mistakes, and you say the reason why you are tough on yourself when you sin is the judgment of people (and not of God?)… And then you say you want to please God, but is it in order not to be judged by people?

    So the first issue that we should study together is: How are you planning to save yourself from your sins? How are you planning to please God?

    Please, share with me your answers to these questions, and especially to this last question, so that we may go together through the issue of the Law and the Gospel and the keeping of the Law by faith and not by works.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  38. Ezell says:

    I sent u an email.

  39. Mark says:

    I don’t think tattoos are a Heaven/hell issue but (in my opinion) they sure make a person look trashy, and the Bible does speak against it. Tattoos are graffiti on the walls of the Holy Spirit’s temple.

  40. Gary says:

    Jesus often admonished the Jews for being over zealous in their interpretation of the law, as they became more concerned about the legal technicalities than the the moral help they are intended to give. For instance “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” when the Pharisees criticized Jesus for allowing his disciples to pick some grain on the Sabbath. Hence if getting tattoos doesn’t lead you away from God then its fine, ie there is no intrinsic sinfulness in tattoos. If it does lead you away, well then you have your answer. I do agree though that you would have to be watchful to make sure you’re “serving” God and not your tattoos/body image ie mammon. Just my thoughts, but I could be wrong.

  41. Dear Gary,

    Thank you for sharing your opinions.

    We have seen how the matter of tattoos and piercings is not a matter of legalism, but on the contrary a matter of walking by the Spirit. The article explains it well.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  42. Josiah says:

    I have read many things about getting tattoos and how they are seen in God’s image. My thought when I brought the Lord into my life was to try and spread the word of God and Jesus the best I could and what better way than to make it permenently marked on me so others could see them. I have a cross on my back, the Jesus fish on my arm and the words “Soldier of God” in hebrew on my under arm, and i did that so people would ask what it stood for and i am able to tell them my views and perhaps change the way they believe. I don’t plan on getting anymore, but i pray every night that God will forgive me and understand why I marked my body the way i did. My wife loves my tattoos and she has a few herself, including a cross as well. None of our tattoos have anything negative to say. I don’t believe on making any of this an argument about who’s right and who is not, I have my beliefs and if i could go back i probably would have made my cross bigger to fit more of my back (i’ve bulked up) and thats about it. My God be with all of you

  43. Dear Josiah,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Well, I have many things to comment about what you said, but I first prefer to ask you a question: You said that you’re using your tattoos to witness for Christ, like the tattoo that you have on your back etc, and that your wife also is doing that. My question is: Do you usually go to witness to people without clothes or naked? If not, then how do they see your tattoos to ask you about them?

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  44. Josiah says:

    I do this when i go swimming or playing sports with out my shirt on. I got all these tattoos before reading about any of this, but i still stand by my choice and my reasoning and i truely believe God will forgive me.

  45. Dear Josiah,

    So you agree that you and your wife need to be in indecent clothes in order that those tattoos may be of any use? (And we have seen what is their use biblically…)

    God will forgive you if you have repented. If not, then there is no forgiveness.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  46. Kim says:

    Great summary on tattoos and God’s Word against them. Also great reinforcement of the NT being a fulfillment rather than abolition of the OT. Excellent.

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