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."
This verse is very clear of how God feels about this issue. It's simple...it's straightforward...it's settled. God said it....I believe it...that settles it! This should be all of our response...but is it really?
I'm sure I'll get some argument on this like I got on my posts on Godly Apparel where I used Deuteronomy 22:5 in dealing with that subject. "That's not for today...that's the Old Testament." In fact...I've already gotten a couple of comments like that. Like before I will remind you that sodomy was mentioned in the Old Testament...so was beastiality (or lying with beasts) and they are just as wrong today as they were then. Most people would not even dream of doing these things.
Read the verse right after Leviticus 19:28. Verse 29 says "Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness." This is the only place in the Word of God that mentions prostituting out our daughters. I'm sure God still says it is wrong to do this.
What about I Corinthians 6:19-20 where it says "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." In I Corinthians 3:17 the Lord clearly warns against defiling the body where He says "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."
I realize there will be some that could care less what the Word of God says and will do what they want to do defending it to their grave. But I also know there are some that honestly have no idea what God says or how He feels about this. These posts are for those who didn't know and truly desire to be conformed to the image of Christ and desire to be more holy for Him.
If you have a tattoo and realize now that it goes against God to have one....you still have options. Either you can cover it up with clothing so the world can't see it or you can have it removed. Depending on the size of the tattoo and the colors used...removal can be very painful and quite expensive. Insurance won't cover removal and it can take several laser sessions to get it removed and even then you will have a scar where it was.
You can also use it as a witnessing tool of how you got it out of ignorance and that God showed you it was wrong and then you can help someone else to either come to know Jesus or help them to become informed of how God feels about it
Either way you look at it...you must confess it to God now that you know and know that He has forgiven you. Don't let it be a stumbling block in your Christian walk.