Can a Christian get Tattoos?

     There have been differing opinions about whether a Christian can get tattoos. I have had several pastors with tattoos. I’ve been to churches that preach against tattoos as well as churches that don’t. I will turn to a bible verse to see what the Bible says about tattoos.
     One of the most popular verses Christians turn to is Leviticus 19:28. The King James Version of the verse states, 
“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”  
     Now the New King James version uses the word tattoo instead of print. This is an Old Testament book.  According to an article I found at
“Other Christians say this passage no longer applies to us because it is Old Testament law, and not for Christians. If you go online to try to answer the tattoo question, you’ll see both approaches and contradictory conclusions. Both of these approaches, however, are misleading because, as we will see, the answer to the tattoo question is that the Bible has nothing clearly to say about the practice of injecting ink under the skin to form permanent pictures, patterns or messages—a.k.a. tattooing."
     My personal opinion is that there is nothing wrong with Christians getting a tattoo as long as the image/picture is appropriate. For example, I have long considered getting a tattoo of a cross on my arm with my brother’s name and date of birth. My brother died at birth and I’ve wanted to do this as a way to remember him.  If someone wanted to get an offensive tattoo then that would not be appropriate.

     What are your opinions on tattoos? As Christians, should we get tattoos? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Robert is a blogger at Christian Pals Blog. He likes to read,
play video games, collect bow ties, and watch Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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