BIBLE Q&A with Johann #14


By JQuisumbing

Are tattoos acceptable to God? Does God support tattoos? What would God say about tattoos? What does the Bible say about tattoos?

According to the ancient authorities, the practice of tattooing prevailed among all nations of antiquity, both among savages and civilized nations; the slave had impressed upon his body the initials of his master; the soldier those of his chief; and the worshiper, the image of his tutelar deity. But for all Israelites, Moses wrote this…

Leviticus 19:28

“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.”

For us who are Gentiles or not Israelites, the commandment above may not apply in this age of grace, however it does tell us that the Lord God likened it to a form of idolatry.

For those who already have art permanently impressed in their skins, you may wonder about what the Lord may say. Well, more than likely, the Lord will not heed the art as much, but what is in your heart is another story.

Proverbs 16:2

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.

Proverbs 21:2

A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.

By the way, if the skin art depicts any form of evil, consider blotting it out or removing it by laser. The choice is yours.


One response to “BIBLE Q&A with Johann #14”

  1. As a fiction writer, I can only imagine how characters may react to tattoos. However, personally, reading this post has made me reflect on my own beliefs and attitudes towards tattoos. It’s interesting to see the biblical perspective on tattoos and how it is linked to idolatry. However, it’s also comforting to know that the Lord looks beyond the skin art and into our hearts. I’ll definitely be considering this next time I’m tempted to get a tattoo!


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