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Do You Really Want a Tattoo?

by Larry Spargimino

Japanese-TattooTattoos have been around for thousands of years. The ancient Canaanites, 3,400 years ago, used tattoos. Leviticus 19:28 states: “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”

According to WebMD, a tattoo is “a puncture wound filled with ink.” WebMD has a slideshow: Pictures of Tattoo Problems. They are pretty ghastly.

The slideshow advises: “Rethink Your Ink.” Some tattoo dyes, especially red, can cause an allergic reaction. The area around the tattoo might itch or swell. You could get a rash.

Infections are also a real problem. If the tattoo artist doesn’t properly clean his equipment, or uses it on more than one person, you could get a bad infection. The skin can swell, turn red, feel tender to the touch—and, it can start oozing puss.

There’s another problem. It‘s called “granuloma.” Sometimes a person’s immune system thinks the pigment in the ink is an infection and sends cells to the area to fight the infection. These cells lump together around the tattoo and create unsightly bumps called “granulomas.”

And then, perhaps worst of all, there are blood-borne diseases. Tattoo needles get bloody. If your needle wasn’t properly cleansed you could be exposed to diseases carried by blood—Hepatitis B or C, Tetanus, or HIV.

And, what happens if you change your mind and want to remove your tattoo? Laser removal technology has gotten better, but it isn’t perfect. It rarely leaves scars, but it can change the texture and color of your skin.

The Bible says, “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23). For those who want to get a tattoo they need to ask themselves: “Am I getting a tattoo because I KNOW it is the right thing, and God wants me to get a tattoo?”

Some Christians are quite certain that the Bible absolutely forbids tattoos. Others have some doubts, especially about Leviticus 19. Is the passage condemning false religion, or is it condemning tattoos? So, let’s take a self-exam: To tattoo or not to tattoo?

  • How does my heart and my conscience convict mine. Can I honestly say I have a clear conscience before the Lord regarding my decision to get a tattoo?
  • Am I passing judgment on a brother or sister in Christ because I don’t have the liberty to get a tattoo?
  • Will I want this tattoo next year, or in ten years?
  • What effect will my tattoo have on those around me, like my family, friends, and future spouse?
  • Will I cause a weaker brother or sister to stumble?
  • Is my decision based on faith, and will my tattoo result in glorifying God?

Perhaps there is one other consideration that is important: When in doubt, don’t.

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