Tattoos Are From The Devil

Okay, now that I have your attention 🙂 One of my readers was asking some questions about tattoos the other day because he genuinely does not know what the Bible says about them.  He was not being rude in any way or trying to appear judgmental. I did some research of my own and will share my opinion eventually but first, I would like to know what all of you, my precious and priceless readers, think about them. Is it a sin to have a tattoo?  Back it up with the Word, baby, whether you are for them or against them. Have at it. 

31 thoughts on “Tattoos Are From The Devil”

  1. Research on a Friday, ouch… I have 2 tats myself and netiher is biblical. Got them many many years ago so I wouldn’t get them again today if I had the choice. I do have some scripture in mind for my back

  2. http://www.prickmag.net/tattooviews-march08.html


    I did a quick research and including the links above to add to this interesting discussion.

    I’m not into tattoos, but from what I’ve heard (and seen from people with tattoos), normally the objective is to do it as a remembrance or tribute to somebody they love, somebody who has passed, etc. If I may interpret the bible verse, perhaps it’s more of the ‘idolization’ or the theme of the tattoos that may be objectionable to God (read the disclaimer: Objectionable to God, NOT me :)), almost like making your body a ‘shrine’ if you will. IF the tattoos are bible verses or crosses, would that be OK? Or even a ‘safe’ tattoo like a flower or cartoon characters (like a buddy of mine did this Mickey Mouse tattoo on his ankle- but he got his own problems! LOL)

    Again, I’m not a tattoo kind of person so I’m not saying yes or no. I’m just interested in adding more thoughts and joining the conversation (and we know in this era of political correctness and playing with semantics, discussions like this can get pretty lengthy :)). I guess another question to ask is what the purpose for you to get a tattoo? Because it looks cool? To fit in? To minister?

    My .02 cents….

  3. no.

    OT law taken out of context is usually used to say they are.

    my tats have a special meaning to me, and if anything, remind me to be more christ-like.

    stupid or not. i like em!

  4. I do not think they are a sin. I think that people might use 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own” to say that they are. If you do use that argument though, I think that you can’t put anything bad in or on your body and you have to be healthy in all regards (exercise, food, getting enough sleep, not cussing, etc). I think it is one of those things that people use to fit their cause or their personal belief, but it you look at the true meaning, they are probably doing something themselves that goes against the verse!

    Just my opinion. I don’t have any tatoos, but I did have my belly button pierced and I love me some GS cookies!

  5. Leviticus 19:28 strictly forbids it and then God stamps it…”I am the Lord.” Although this was a Levitical law, it was just many in a long line to prove God’s Holiness above our own. Thankfully He offered grace then through sacrifce, and He offers grace now through Jesus’ sacrifice.

    I personally don’t know that it matters too much to God. I guess if our body is His temple…some people just have a lot more stained glass than others.

  6. I looked up the whole chapter. I suppose these were just God’s commandments to the Jewish people. Moses included the 10 commandments in with the slew of other laws. Jewish people still keep them traditionally by not eating blood…remembering the sabbath…things like that. Oh and I think they try not to sleep with slaves or defame their daughters too. Those are good ones to keep..

  7. Remember the entire Torah which is the standard of God which is perfect.

    When I read the Torah, a lot of it is common sense (Don’t murder). But a lot of that law was laid down as a counterpoint to the those who lived around the Israelites as a way God was saying, “Hey, don’t have defame with your children. I don’t care what so-and-so does. Don’t do it. I’m just sayin’.”

    In other words, He was trying to be crystal clear on what His standard was all about.

    I always go back to what Paul says, “Should the Gentiles get circumcised? Why make the Gentiles uphold the law when we, Jews, couldn’t even do it?”

    In the very end, the Torah wasn’t laid down for the children of God to follow it like robots. God wanted them to follow Him and depend on Him even when following His laws. They were not do it all by themselves.

    It is all about your heart.

    That said. I have none. But I am seriously thinking about getting Isaiah 53 done both in English and Hebrew across my back.

  8. I am a sinner. Just to back it up I will tell you that I have a tattoo. OH and I eat shrimp another no no! Thank the Lord that he loves me so much he sent Jesus to bear my sin. 🙂

    I am so glad that you are back.

  9. The Bible isn’t clear on the tattoo issue. I don’t think it would send you to hell and I don’t think that you should be looked down upon if you have one. That being said, in years past, tattoos have not always been looked on well. It was hard for people with them to get a good job, etc. Now they are in style. What happens if ten years down the road, you hate what you have…or in the instance of us women who go through pregnancy and hormone changes…I don’t think a tattoo will look too great saggy and wrinkled. Ultimately, I think it’s a personal choice.

  10. I don’t have any scripture for it. I think the previous commenters have mentioned the normal ones quoted about tattoos.

    I have one (a tattoo).

    My pastor said in church a couple months ago that in about 40 years nursing homes will filled with old ladies with tattoos. Funny thought. =)

  11. Before we start to get defensive on this issue….

    I just feel the need to reiterate again….I’m neither for or against tattoing….just joining in the discussion and not advocating whether you should or should not get a tattoo.

    I’m just sayin’ (Cindy- I’ll send you the royalty fee for using this phrase!)

  12. Ok so I’ve totally had this debate many times over… I understand there are old Testament arguments, and I understand that the way they began was a pagan ritual or whatever, but we are free from the curse of the law, PRAISE JESUS! and If we can use a little drawing to bring honor to GOd, I say go! Now I think it still depends on your heart and what the tatoo is for. That’s my 2 cents.

  13. I’m not gonna surprise anyone with this one, but I with Robin. I cut my hair, I don’t cover my head and I wear jewelry, even in my belly button. I am certain God still loves me. Even with my 5 tattoos.

  14. ya know, Ricardo Montalban had a Tattoo and I don’t think Fantasy Island would have been the same without him. Was it a sin for him to have a man-slave? I don’t know, wish I had one myself. Now, we all know that Tattoo eventually chose the road more travelled a la Gary Coleman. So, is having a Tattoo a sin? Well, maybe only if he’s a real bad sinner.

  15. I am right there with Robin, that is what I have always referred to back in the old testament. I have 3 tattoos and I wouldn’t doubt it if I end up with more than that one day.

  16. I have tattoos. I’m embarassed about of few of them, but two reflect my patriotism and the Trinity. I had them all done before being born again. Sin? The bible says not to mark your body, does that mean tattoos or marks of an idol … I don’t know I’m not a scholar. But I do know of a couple of pastors with tats.

    What bothers me still, and probably is the reason I want to remove them, is the looks I get from some of the “mature” Christians in church. Should I care? Probably not, but I’m human. Would I recommend it? No. I think at some point, most people end up wishing they hadn’t had them put on – like when your skins hangs on your body instead of tightly sticking to your muscle. 🙂

  17. To Hope: Sometimes just because a person has been a Christian a long time doesn’t mean that they are a “mature Christian”. 🙂 It’s easier for us to look at the outside and judge rather than the inside that Jesus sees…

  18. If you really look at the context of Leviticus 19:28 (the seemingly most “clear cut” anti-tatoo scripture), God is really just talking about not following other religions, cults, etc. That same scripture also asks us not to “round off the side growth of your heads.” Now, if anyone can tell me how to do that, I’ll get right on it. I’m thinking, though, that this verse is more about the bigger point and less about the side growth of my head. Also, if we’re talking about our bodies being a “temple,” I’m totally digging the idea that it’s just some stained glass. I’m sure God doesn’t love satanic symbols as tattoos or anything, but c’mon keep it G-rated (maybe even PG). With that said, I don’t have any tattoos. No reason why not – I just don’t. The whole concept of “mature Christians” looking down on them makes me want to go get one, though… must be the rebel in me. (Hey, Jesus was a bit of a rebel…)

  19. I have two tattoos, one that I actually just got on tuesday! Both are meaningful to me and not regretable.

  20. Leviticus 19:28

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

    However, this is from the old testament. We no longer have to live by these laws.

    Just a thought: Jesus was a capenter and in having this job I am sure he had cuts and scapes that left scars. Intentional or not those are markings on his body.

    I have a tatoo. I do not feel the need to give any reason why or what it signifys.

  21. Cindy:
    i’ve gone round and round with this question. a LOT of GODLY people that i know have tattoos. and, i’d like one, but i’m ok with not having one.
    i found the levitical passage (mentioned above) years ago. and, yeah, we may or may not be held to all the OT laws these days. but, some things still puzzle me.
    and my general rule of thumb, when it comes to questions:
    “when in doubt, don’t”.
    so i haven’t.
    but, that’s just me being cautious. i don’t think anybody’s goin’ to hell for having scriptures tattooed on their bodies.

  22. I like Isaiah 44:5 “One will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’; another will call hiself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’…”

    What about this one, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;” God.

    oo! oo! this one…

    “He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.” Rev. 19:12


    “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” Rev. 19:16

    Not sure that one is a tat, but, hey, it might be.

  23. You just divvy up the law and all is cool. It’s either a social law or a moral law. God was only serious about the moral ones. Right? So I guess you have to ask yourself which one it is. So, what was the purpose of The Law again? Oh, what princessjes said.
    I’m still wondering why yer not all wandering around with an eyeball gouged out and a hand cut off. What? It’s in the NEW testament. That’s the one with the laws you all still have to follow, right?(grin)

  24. I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with them. I’d have to study old testament culture to figure out why God said no to them in the first place, but I’m not gonna right now.

    I’ve always wanted one. But I saw a 70yr old woman walk past me in a restaurant one day with a big ol honkin tat on her um, cleavage or so. It was a little too wrinkly for me. So, I have decided not to get one. Maybe when I’m 70 I’ll get it to cover up the wrinkles in my cleavage. Who knows.

    I’m and enigma wrapped in a riddle I tell ya.

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