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rec.arts.bodyart: Tattoo FAQ 2/9--Getting a tattoo
Section - RELIGIOUS (CHRISTIAN) ARGUMENTS

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  Written by: Chris Wayne (cwayne@unm.edu), originator of RAB and a
  self-professed Christian.

A word to the religious: In Leviticus 19:28, it says not to tattoo "I am
the Lord" on you (i.e. don't take the name of the Lord in vain). It does
NOT say you can't mark yourself at all, and it does NOT say there's
anything wrong about piercing. What it DOES say is that it prohibits
mutilating yourself for the dead, which was a senseless practice at that
time. But for Christians, they are no longer bound by the Law. Remember
that it's not what you do; it's what's in your heart when you do it. The
Talmud even mentions that it's not the tattooing that is wrong, but what
the tattoo is of (i.e. if the tattoo is an image of a 'false god' as
opposed to just a 'design').

There are probably many 'prim & proper' Christians out there that have
had the urge to be tattooed, but have repressed it because they believed
it was a sin. Well, if you really believe that it is a sin, then it is.
But is getting tattooed really a sin? If it draws you away from Christ
or causes someone else to stumble, then yes. But tattooing isn't any
more special than anything else we distract ourselves with.

Take things in moderation at your speed. We are to deny ourselves of
things if they cause us to lose sight of Jesus (for some, it could be
driving a car, getting married, having children, going to work, smoking,
abusing drugs & alcohol, disrespect, etc.). If you have good
discernment, you know what distracts you from Christ and what doesn't.

Tattooing isn't inherently evil; it got it's 'evil' status because
GOD-less heathens from places like the South Pacific were tattooed. Do
what pleases GOD; and one thing that pleases GOD is to be confident in
oneself (not overly prideful, but confidence tempered with discernment,
almost bordering on arrogance). Tattooing can bring out that confidence,
because to be tattooed requires commitment. And that's a conquering
power over fear and old ruts. GOD wants mature dynamic individuals that
fear him to fellowship with, not people cowering in fear from some rigid
set of laws. Note: fear of GOD is totally different from cowering in
fear.

Some Christians will claim that drinking any amount of alcohol is
sinful, but the medical community is saying that 2-3 drinks a day is
good for the heart. Drink responsibly. So, for those that have repressed
getting a tattoo because of family or religious upbringing, just do it.
If it's not for you, fine--but don't ruin it for the others.

Tattooing in no way marks who's saved and who's not. If you've seen the
trilogy "A Distant Thunder," the Mark of the Beast was tattooed on your
right hand or forehead. The tattoo was 666 in binary '6's (i.e. 1 0 11 0
11 0 1 Sort of like a UPC code), but this doesn't mean that every tattoo
is a Mark of the Beast.

People have stated that the credit card and the computer were tools of
the Devil. So what? Everybody depends on both today, even if the
Anti-Christ is to use the computer to control the population, it doesn't
mean that if you use a computer, you're a follower of the Devil.

I believe that religion, when improperly used, is a dangerous thing.
Christianity has wasted a lot of valuable time trying to influence
people in believing that unimportant things are evil instead of
spreading the word of GOD. Christianity (or those prideful, arrogant,
self righteous leaders) has looked down on tattooing far too long.


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Aug 16, 2012 @ 12:00 am
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