What does the Bible say about tattoos? The truth is that this is a very controversial question today. More than ever before, young Christian people are going out and getting tattoos. Many pastors and priests are getting tattoos. In fact, some very high profile Christian ministers have gotten a lot of attention for their tattoos. Tattoos have been a very hot topic on Christian radio and Christian television. Tattoos have become extremely fashionable both inside and outside the church. There has never been a time when we have seen more tattoos in the Christian community. In fact, many Christians have used tattoos as a way to express their faith. But what does the Bible say? Is God pleased with these tattoos? The answer to this question might surprise you.
In Leviticus 19:28, God gave the people of Israel a direct commandment not to get tattoos.....
Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.
But wasn't that just for Old Testament times?
Is it possible that God has changed His mind?
Unfortunately for those of you who wish to run out and get a tattoo, the truth is that God does not change as we read in Malachi 3:6.....
For I am the LORD, I do not change
In fact, Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus Christ is the same from the very beginning of time until the very end of time.....
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The truth is that God told us that getting a tattoo is a sin and He expects us to continue to follow that commandment today.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 we read that the body of a Christian is a temple of the Holy Spirit and that we are to honor God with our bodies.....
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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
If you are a Christian, you are to honor God with your body. God does not want you to damage your body or to pollute it with a message which you might want to get rid of a year from now. If you insist on getting a tattoo you are in rebellion against God.
While you might not like that fact, that is what the Bible says.
It is your choice whether you will obey God's commandments or not.