Christians and Religious Tattoos
Leviticus 19:28 is the Christian tattooist and tattoo-bearer's worst nightmare.
The Lord plainly, clearly, strongly, and without a doubt condemns the tattoo.
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28
Could that be any more clear?
Ye shall not. . .print any marks upon you.
Tattoos to put them into the skin, requires the cutting of the skin:
There are concerns in the Bible about Christian tattoos. The tattooing procedure involves cutting the flesh with a sharp needle or instrument in order to carve out or make designs. The result is something called blood-letting. Blood-letting has both occultic and demonic origins as it is considered a power source that is supernaturally unleashed. Many pro-tattoo sources describe tattooing as having a magical, occultic connection with blood and blood-letting as being normal. Several pro-tattoo historians indicate the connection with scarification and blood-letting associated with religious practices.
Another source indicates the importance of licking the blood that was released during tattoo operations (Steve Gilbert, Tattoo History: A Source Book, pg. 181). We read in 1 Kings 18:25-28 the account of the prophets of Baal who met with Elijah to find out who was the true God. These were satanists who were attempting to unleash supernatural power by cutting themselves (vs. 28).
In the New Testament, there was a man named Legion who was possessed by demons in Mark 5:1-9 who went about cutting himself with stones. (vs. 5). Leviticus 19:28 says, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD."
It is a well-known fact that tattooing runs a risk of acquiring any number of deadly diseases, including Hepatitis C and AIDS. The reason is because the needle that is used to tattoo punctures the skin 3,000 times a minute. In an hour, that would be 180,000 times that puncture wounds provide a potential path to a deadly disease. Not only that, but it is also well documented that tattoo shops are not regulated by the government to uphold medical standards.
One of the businesses booming (along with the medical profession and pharmaceuticals thanks to the "hepatitis C-tattoo" alliance) as a consequence of the tattoo-craze is the dermatology industry. According to the American Society of Dermatological surgery, over 50% of everyone receiving a tattoo wants it removed.
Tattoo removal via laser surgery is among the fastest growing areas of the dermatology industry.
Depending on the size of the tattoo and colors used, the laser tattoo removal surgery can be very painful and very expensive. Tattoos performed by commercial tattoo parlors are much more difficult to remove because the tattoo is deeper, the ink more complex and thicker. It normally takes between 10 and 15 laser surgery sessions to remove the average tattoo, but 25-30 sessions are not uncommon, depending on the complexity of the tattoo. When you consider the average single session costs between $400 - $800, the removal surgery can be very expensive, costing as much as $20,000. That $25 tattoo might cost $5000 to remove. And may I remind you, health insurance does not cover tattoo removals - this is strictly out of the pocket expenses. And yet despite this enormous personal cost, most people are so disgusted with their tattoo they'll literally pay any cost to have it removed.
Plastic Surgeon Tolbert S. Wilkinson, of San Antonio, Texas, who has removed tattoos warns:
"If people only realized how difficult it is to remove a tattoo, understood how costly and how painful tattoo removal is, and recognized that society as a whole still views tattoos as a stigma, maybe they would think seriously before getting one."
Laser removal costs a minimum of $7,000.00 (national average) per tattoo, and takes at least 10 to 15 treatments, spread out over two or more years. Even with this treatment, the tattoo is still visible.
If you are a young person and before you go racing to your parents saying The Bible does not address having a tattoo, as that word is not in the Bible, remember this - The Bible also says very explicitly that you are to honor your father and mother and if they say "no" to a tattoo, then its NO! They don't have to present you with a biblical case for their decision. They are entrusted by God to make wise decisions and lead, guide and protect you and they can, do and should make additional house rules if you like as they see fit. This is the biblical mandate to parents and if they feel that it is unwise for you to get a tattoo for whatever reason then as a Christian you are to submit to their biblical authority over you and you are to show them honour in it.
Sorry folks - If you parents say "no" then its "NO".
Most parents simply disapprove of their children having a tattoo. Ask
them, and 90% will recommend NO.
The fifth commandment says, Honor thy father and thy mother.
"Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged."
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Biblical Ten Commandments
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6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known,
7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other),
8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them.
9You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people.
10Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
11 Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.