Leviticus 19:28 "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD."
As we read in this verse we can clearly see that God condemns and not condones the tattoo. Throughout history the tattoo has been associated with paganism, demonism, Baal worship, etc. The tattoo has never been associated with Bible believing Christians.
The tattoo is much more than a body decoration. It's more than just a layer of ink cut in the skin. The tattoo is believed to be a bridge into the supernatural world.
A tattooist was quoted as saying..."When the designs are chosen with care...tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul." Another tattoo artist said he "allows his clients' demons to help guide the needle."
Tattoos are not something to be proud of. Every truly born-again believer I know that has a tattoo and has been told how God feels about the tattoo is ashamed of the ones they have. They attempt in any way they can to cover it up. Before they were saved or knew they were wrong they were proud of them and wanted people to notice them.
A tattoo sends out a message of rebellion. Some people say that tattoos are a high fashion and are cool. I say they are ugly and not pleasing to the Lord.
How could something like this be pleasing to the Lord. The Lord says in I Corinthians 3:17 "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." Just like anything else that we do to our bodies that God does not approve of (smoking, drinking alcohol, drugs, etc) God will allow it to destroy our bodies. Smokers get lung disease, alcoholics get liver and bladder disease, drugs destroy the brain and other parts of the body and tattoos also cause disease. Pamela Anderson contracted Hepatitis C from getting a tattoo. The Red Cross prohibits anyone from donating blood for one year after the person has gotten a tattoo. Why would the Red Cross have such restrictions if tattooing was healthy and good? By and large tattoo shops and parlors are not required by state and local government to follow the same sterile operating practices of other businesses that use needles. You would think that would turn people away from wanting to get a tattoo. But it doesn't.
The pigments in the tattoo ink contain small metal fibers such as iron oxide. Due to this...some medical institutions will refuse to perform MRIs on people with tattoos. With this being said...how can a person think this practice is good for them?
My next post we'll look more at what God has to say about this subject.