We live in a society where Christians get tattoos all of the time. Have you ever looked at what the Bible says about tattoos? Most people reference Leviticus 19:28 when they are searching for answers on tattoos. Taken out of context, the verse in Leviticus is pretty clear on the subject of tattoos.
Leviticus 19:28 NASB You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.
So according to Leviticus, you shall not make any tattoo marks on your body. Pretty cut and dry right? If you look at the surrounding verses, God was forbidding scarification. Plus, proponents of tattooing claim that since the text is in the Old Testament, we are not bound by those laws. What ever the case is, a better argument must be made in regards to tattoos.
Christians get tattoos for various reasons. Most of the time there is a religious meaning behind the tattoo. A Bible verse or a cross is often common types of tattoos found on Christians. I saw a Youtube video last night about tattoos on Christians. The main argument the video made was that the Bible does not explicitly say tattoos are forbidden, therefore it is up to the individual to decide if it is right to get a tattoo. There are a few flaws that I find in that argument. Let me lay them out for you to see what you think.
Should Christians get tattoos?
I am sure that many Christians against tattoos will also point to the Bible verses about how your body is a temple. Take a look at 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 where the Bible talks about the body is a temple.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
The main point of this set of verses is to use your body to glorify God. Proponents of tattoos say that their tattoos praise God. If their tattoos do, then this set of verses is irrelevant also.
One last point on the topic of tattoos.
God is perfect. You know why God is perfect? God is perfect because he created the standard for which perfection is. Since God is perfect, he created us perfectly. God designed us the way he wanted us. With that being said, if we are created perfectly by God, then why would we try to improve perfection? The way I see it is if God wanted something tattooed on our body, he would have put it there. God didn't forget to install that Bible verse on your arm or the cross on your back.
I am not judging anyone for choosing to get a tattoo. What I am saying is that if you are trying to improve the look of your body by messing with perfection, then you are minimizing what God has created. We should not find the need to improve on what God has designed.