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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Inquiring minds.....

.....want to know!!!

Okay, Sweet Readers....it's time for an opinion poll.

Tattoos....pro, or con?!?!?

I personally have mixed feelings.  
I definitely do not like seeing dark and wicked ones all over people....but a friend of mine recently got her "life verse" placed on her forearm and she showed it to me at church.
I've gotta admit....it looked really nice!!!
It was simply the book, chapter and verse in script with little  curly q's on the side!!!
And.....she's absolutely one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met!!!

I know the verse of scripture....Leviticus 19:28....says we will not put any mark upon our body....but the verses prior to that and after need to be read, too....we can't just take that one verse "out of context"!!!

Also....what about pierced ears?!?!?!
Is that considered marking our bodies?
(I personally have 2 holes in each ear!!!)

I guess I'm a bit confused about this subject!!!

So, Sweet Readers....enlighten me....give me your thoughts!!!


(this is not me....just one I found on Google Images!)

In HIS Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

7 comments:

  1. we are pretty straight here..no body piercings or tattos..but I don't think I would have huge problems with either..like 1 small tattoo..not an issue though,,my oldset son just told me if you have a visible tatoo you will never get a leardership position.

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  2. I don't think they are something God intended. The verse you referenced speaking of cuttings...is in regards to the customs of things...and if you look into the origins of tattoos, I think you'll be amazed; I was, because I had this conversation with someone before. Markings and cuttings placed on the body were in regards to the religions of that day. If you look at the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal, they were cutting their flesh in an effort to have 'Baal' hear them. The Bible says our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost - we're to take care of our bodies. As I can't imagine spray painting all over the walls of a church - though some 'graffiti' is beautiful - in the same way, my personal stance is not to make markings on my body.

    And I do have my ears pierced. =)

    Piercing of ears is not the same as the cuttings mentioned in that verse. There are other instances speaking of earrings...and also in regards to servants having their ear pierced in the Bible. It's definitely something that should be studied fully...and is hard to write a book about on a blog post.

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  3. I think the right or wrong of this seems to come more from interpretation of the BIble and what your personal deonimiation believes. I have pierced ears too, Deb. We don't cover our heads as the Bible says either. Or sit women on one side and men on the other, or....well, I think this is between you and God AND what you plan to "adorn" your body with...the words I mean.
    I am sure you will have as many answers as there are people. Good food for thought Deb..good discussion!

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  4. Here is my two cents worth: So many people use the verse in Leviticus as reason no to get a tattoo. However, that is Old Testament, meaning it falls under the law, which was fulfilled through Jesus. Now, read Galatians 6:17 "From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body." I think, so long as the tattoos are not evil,or, contradictory to what Jesus taught, then they are OK. (I'm actually getting that verse, along with an icthus, tatooed on my ankle.) My husband also has tattoos.

    My dad got his ear pierced a long time ago, using Exodus 21:6. It was immediately after he had gotten saved, and it was his way of showing that he had given himself to Jesus, the Master.

    My belly button is pierced.

    I think that God can use Christians who are tattooed and pierced. For instance, my husband recently talk to a man about Jesus. The other man told him that all his life he had been approached by people who looked at him as though he was a nasty, horrible person because he was tattood, but he was able to relate to my husband because of the tattoos. The man now goes to church with us.

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  5. I have mixed emotions about this as well. I really really don't like the dark evil looking ones. I also don't like to see arms, necks and other parts of the body totally covered in tatoos. That is just my opinion. I guess this is one of those matters where we are not to judge others. We really don't know what is in their hearts. But as for me --- no tatoos.
    Thank you for sharing this thought provoking post.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  6. Interesting questions and comments. I'm a nurse. I've seen those tattoos in the elderly. Especially the guys who were in the military. They aren't so cute then - all distorted and misshapen. :)

    There is a verse somewhere about adornment. I'll have to find that and see in what context that is.

    I'm not about to tell someone that it's a sin to have a tattoo or lots of piercings. For me, I do not see the point. But that's me.

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  7. Since this post is following your Truth-ful Tuesday, I'm going to be truthful. To me, our physical body is a precious gift from God. It's a sacred temple. Tattoos are like adding graffiti to a church. Our bodies are in the image of HIM who created us and I wouldn't want to desecrate it by adding tattoos of any kind. His word is to be carried in our hearts. I know I'm sounding quite strong, but this is something I feel very strongly about. Sorry if I hurt any ones feelings.

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