Is it a Sin to Get a Tattoo?

Today, I thought I would address the topic of tattoos, and if anywhere in the Bible, it says it’s a sin to get one. Tattoos are in fact, quite popular, even for Christians. I’ll try not to express my own opinion on this matter until the end of this post. Instead, I’ll first talk about what God has to say about it.

Some of you may be familiar with Leviticus 19:28, which says, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tatoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” What I find interesting, is that another verse in the same chapter (Leviticus 19:19) says, “Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.” Therefore, if you were to believe it a sin to get a tattoo, then we shouldn’t wear clothes from cotton/polyester either!

In order to know if it’s a sin to get a tattoo, we must first understand why God gave the Israelites these commands. Not long after God parted the Red Sea, God gave them this command because their previous captors(the Egyptians), made cuttings on their body when in grief(and to also make their gods happy), and made tattoos of their gods on their body. God did not want them to adopt these practices. God gave many of laws such as these to steer them away from the practices of pagans.

The whole New Testament talks about us no longer having to live by the law. When Jesus was crucified on the cross, he paid for our sins. So, that means since we no longer have to “purify” ourselves, the laws regarding “cleanliness” in the Old Testament no longer apply. That means we don’t have to make sure our clothing doesn’t have cotton and polyester, or if we’re eating the right foods…that means it isn’t a sin to get a tattoo. But, the laws in the Old Testament having to do with morals (such as the Ten Commandments) still apply and ALWAYS will.

Okay, now that I’ve mentioned what the Bible has to say about this, I’ll now voice my thoughts. Even though it’s not a sin to get a tattoo, I am not interested in getting one. There’s two reasons why. First of all, I don’t like the sound of something staying with me forever. Second, ink really isn’t good for your skin. I believe that God was also thinking about our health when he made some of these laws.

What do you think about tattoos? Would you want one? Why or why not? Give me your answer by leaving me a comment below!

Well, we’ve come to an end of this post. I hope you enjoyed reading it! Have a blessed day!

2 thoughts on “Is it a Sin to Get a Tattoo?

  1. Just a question unrelated to this post’s topic- why do you believe the Ten Commandments are still supposed to be followed, or rather be used as a moral compass, but not the other laws given to Israel? I am just wondering, if you don’t have your thoughts together about that, it’s fine. 🙂 So, tattoos. No, I do not want one and will never get one. It may not be a flat out sin, but I really don’t think it is pleasing to God. 🙂 Nice post!

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    • Hi! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! In answer to your question, the reason why I only follow the laws in the OT having to do with moral, but not the laws having to do with “cleanliness”, is because we are no longer under the law since Jesus paid for our sins when he died on the cross. If we are to still follow laws in the OT that say we can only eat certain types of food, or a woman is “unclean” for a certain amount of days once she has a child, etc, then we would be living under the law. We no longer need to do certain things in order stay “clean” before God, since Jesus made us “clean” when he died on the cross. If we believed that if we didn’t do these things, we were not pleasing God or we wouldn’t go to heaven, we would be trying to please God through our works. God doesn’t care so much about our actions, he’s more concerned about where our heart is. So, that is why I don’t follow the laws given to the Israelites in order to remain “pure”. Have a blessed day!


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