Bible Tattoos

Bible Tattoos

A personal struggle turning into a personal expression , the Bible tattoo is a deeply personal decision for many tattoo enthusiasts. Whether it’s a Biblical verse, phrase, or passage, Bible tattoos are part of a spiritual need that can turn into a profound expression of faith that has meaning to the wearer.

Are Your Motives for Getting a Tattoo Truly Pure?

I talked to people who said they want a tattoo because it means something, they can use it to share their faith, etc. I’m not denying that their motives are not genuine. However, I strongly believe that people will deceive themselves to cover up the real reason that they want a tattoo. The heart is deceitful. I’ve talked to people who said that they want to get a name tattoo of their family member. I talked to them and we finally got to the root of the reason. (Source: biblereasons.com)

Did Jesus Have a Tattoo on His Thigh?

There are many people who think that Jesus had a tattoo, which is not true. Jesus would not have disobeyed God’s Word in Leviticus. Nowhere in the Bible did it say Jesus got a tattoo or any disciples getting one. This passage was being symbolic. In those times a king would have his title engraved on his garment or he could have had a banner that said, “King Of Kings.”

What Does Leviticus 19:28 Mean?

If after reading Leviticus 19:28 you still think that getting a tattoo is going against the Bible, think about it, modern day tattoo practices did not exist at the time of its writing. It would be impossible for the Bible to address anything about the modern-day concept of tattoos because it has evolved so much since the original body marking practices. There is not a single quote in the Bible stating that it is wrong to inject ink under the skin to create permanent images, designs, or writings otherwise known as: modern day tattoos. Some experts believe that Leviticus 19:28 was actually written in response to the very extreme body modifications that were used for sacrifices. The background on this is that Canaanites would mark their bodies using methods like branding, slashing, cutting, and otherwise mutilating their skin to especially honor their gods or mourn for their deaths. If you take that into consideration it would make sense that God was actually forbidding the worship of other gods and scarification, and not the tattoo practices as we know them today. (Source: www.tattoodo.com)


Does the Bible Say Anything at All About Tattoos?

First of all, the Bible is all about interpretation so you can take things literally word for word or you can find your own meaning which makes sense for you. If you take the Bible word for word, in Leviticus 19:28, its exact translation is: ”And a cutting for the dead you will not make in your flesh; and writing marks you will not make on you; I am the Lord.” Some modern-day versions of the Bible do have the word tattoo written in the translation and then it reads: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” That makes the argument against tattoos seem much stronger but since the word tattoo did not come into the English language until the 18th century, the literal translation of the Bible does not write tattoo at any point. That here is the only explicit mention of body modifications written in the Bible. 

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