Monday, May 28, 2012

Christians and Tattoo

A man who has a tattoo shop located in the city center to contact me. More about him in an instant.

After reading the answer, I can not seem to get the subject of tattoos and body piercing out of my head. I remember a British minister - a man in his late 50s at the time - testified that God had directed him to pierce the ear by means of a servant is called by the apostle Paul. As a servant of his master would have his ears pierced as a sign that he would serve him forever. When ministers are adhered to, he claimed that many more young people to attend its meetings as a result.

After class I was teaching, one participant told me that the Christian child appears at a construction site where he met a man so-tattooed. Christians talk a tattooed man commented that he was surprised that she spoke to him as hardly anyone every done. He believes this is because all of her tattoos, giving Christians in the streets to serve him.

I remember a Christian biker preached from the pulpit, Popeye forearms covered with tattoos as he spoke, and how young people flocked around him to talk afterwards.

INVISIBLE MAN OUTSIDE. LORD looketh on the heart.


Getting a tattoo is all the rage these days, and many Christians are trying to decide whether they should get a tattoo or not. To tattoo or not to tattoo? THAT is the question.

What does the Bible say? Many Christians will quote Leviticus 19:28 to support their claim that Christians should never get a tattoo: "Do not any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord." - Leviticus 19:28. Can one believe that Jesus is Lord and that He came to save the world through God's grace and love and still accept this verse as applicable to us today? It sounds cruel, but it's true. Why? The answer is simple. Christ gave us the New Law, which replaces the Old Testament law like this in Leviticus.

Surprisingly, these advocates ignore the verses to consider several other verses in the same book, Chapter 19. There paragraph 9, which says: "When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or scattered grain you harvest." Verse 19 reads: "Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material .." Verse 26: "Do not eat any meat with blood still in it." Verse 27: "Do not cut the hair on your head or clip the edges of your beard." Verse 28: "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves I am the Lord.".

As you can see, many other rules listed in Leviticus are not followed today. This does not mean that the entire book of Leviticus, or even the Bible itself, not to be followed. It simply means that we need to carefully analyze what the theme of the Bible, and realize what it means for us today.

Leviticus contains laws meant to keep the children of Israel healthy and holy for God. Tattoos were very dangerous and could cause injury, illness, or death. This verse also refers to a pagan ritual put a tattoo on myself for the dead, to protect themselves from the spirit world and the wrath of other gods.

Many Christians do not understand the grace of salvation given to us through the humanity and the death of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are under a new agreement in which His sacrifice covers our sins in a way different from the laws of the old Levi, who viewed the Hebrew letter that states: "But the ministry Jesus has received them as a higher agreement is mediator is superior to the old, and was built on the promise of a better one. Because if it's nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have searched for the other, "Hebrews 8:6-7.

Now, this does not give license to sin (we do not need it because we're all going to sin, but what we do). We are still responsible for our behavior and how it affects our spiritual lives and the lives of others. For example, a letter to the Romans: "Do not destroy the work of God through food All food is clean, but wrong for a man to eat anything that causes others to stumble .. better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else which will cause your brother to fall. "-Romans 14:20-21.

From here we can see that it is important to think carefully through all the effects that getting a tattoo can have on ourselves, on our relationship, and on one's future. For some this may mean that getting a tattoo would enhance their ability to testify to others, while in other communities have tattoos will greatly reduce this ability.

A CHRISTIAN SHOULD GET A TATTOO?

The conclusion is that there may be no answer to "Should Christians get tattoos?" Each of us may have to answer this question for ourselves after taking time to think and pray about it. But, let's be careful to avoid those who do not have to sell or display the tattoos, or make a blanket statement that they can not become a Christian because they have tattoos. To do this would "destroy the work of God" instead of taking the time to reach the lost. Burden lies on those Christians who choose to get a tattoo. They need to prove to their critics that their faith is based on more than just tattoos, but supported by good deeds as well. And they should pray as often as possible that the division issues but trivial (such as body art) are set aside in favor of more pressing problems: inequality, hunger, Christian unity and to spread the Good News.

Here are some verses that show at least the recognition of religious signs:

"And it will happen to you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, that the law of Jehovah may be in your mouth." -Exodus 13:09

"This is a sign on your hand or frontlets between your eyes, because with a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt." -Exodus 13:16

In the two quotations from Exodus, God tells his people that while many - especially those who disbelieve - the use of tattoos and religious totem, He will give Jews something bigger: the celebration of the day they were rescued and brought out of Egypt. For Jews, this will be a unique sign. This seems contrary to our position. However, these verses show that the tattoo is a normal aspect of society. God never told people that tattoos are wrong or immoral. He did not even say that they should stop doing it. He just told them that He would make them different from all others through their celebration.

"This one will say, 'I the Lord' another will call himself by the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand,
'God' and surname himself by the name of Israel. "-Isaiah 44:5

"See, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me." -Isaiah 49:16
Here Isaiah spoke the word of God to the minorities who are more aware of Israel during their exile, worried about being lost in the midst of the heathen Babylon. Through Isaiah, God reminds his people that he will never forget them because he loved them, and as proof that He will never abandon them, he told the Jews that He has a statue [carved ... permanently inscribed] in his hand a reminder to save them.

"And the Lord said to him, 'Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it." Ezekiel 09:04 -

Marks in this paragraph refer to the letter "T" or the Hebrew letter "Tau," which appears as a cross shape, and are painted in lamb's blood on the doorposts to keep a "residual" of Israel when God wiped out all the first born of Egypt during an outbreak last. In this case, the sign will be placed on believers who are saddened by the sins committed in Jerusalem.

"From now on let no man trouble me, for I bear on my body the brand marks of Jesus." -Galatians 6:17

Here, Paul is likely discussing the beatings and punishments endured for the Gospel of Christ (see 2 Cor. 11:24-28). This is a sharp jab at those who believe they are justified by other signs, namely circumcision. Undeniable, though, is the image of the tattoo. Brand marks are what Roman slave owners tattooed on their property to show ownership.

"Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising sun, with the seal of the living God, and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, he said:" Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees , so we sealed the servants of God on their foreheads' "-Revelation 7:2-3.

"On His robe and His thigh a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords." -Revelation 19:16

The last verse of Revelation is part of John's prophecy of the destruction of the Roman Empire and the Roman army hitherto-invincible. This verse shows Christ as the "Master of the Universe" a name, which is the Word of God (and, basically, everything), is more than just the title of the royal clothes. Instead, it is something that belongs to Jesus himself and is intrinsically linked with Him who is Lord of all ... through a unique mark on his body.

Again, I want to emphasize that these verses show that God does not support the tattoo but the tattoo is an accepted part of society during the era of the Bible and that there is little evidence to show that God is explicitly agreed that body art.

USING THE FLEET EVANGELISM

Finally, it is important that Christians realize that Jesus does not want us to hide our faith, or maintain our faith in ourselves. Quite the opposite. He commanded us to do everything in our power to let our brothers know the true Word, Jesus Christ.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations." -Matthew 28:19

"What I said in the dark, utter in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops." -Matthew 10:27
In fact, even if we wanted to keep it to ourselves (for selfish reasons or for fear of persecution), after the Spirit moves us, we can be quiet again:
"No one after lighting the lamp placed in the cellar or under a bushel, but on the attitude, that those who enter may see the light."-Luke 11:33

So, if we choose eMail message or tattoos, God, through the Holy Spirit, enabling us find a different and dynamic ways we let others know about Him. One thing is certain, though: as Christians, we need to fully express our faith, every day of our lives.

It is beyond doubt that tattoos are NOT sinful and that Christians express their faith with some ink under their skin does NOT give up on the wiles of Satan (at least, not for a tattoo). However, let us remember that just because we may be tattooed, does not mean that this is what is best for everyone. Paul says that we need to be careful that our actions do not lead others away from the faith:

"Do not, for food, destroy the work of God Everything is clean, but wrong for anyone to make others fall by what he eats;. It is the right to not eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother stumble." -Romans 14:20-21

With that in mind, let us pray that, through the intercession of the Holy Spirit, each of us can understand God's purpose for us, and whether or not that calling includes some permanent ink under our skin.

That's it. Questions about one's motives can only be answered between the individual and their God.

REST OF THE STORY.

By the way, the tattoo shop owner who testified to me that, after his wife left him, he tried desperately to find God. A magical day, the couple reconciled. Within a few hours, he had a terrible roll-over to leave the vehicle to the steering wheel trim. Miraculously, he walked away without a scratch. Since then, both sets of parents, siblings and other relatives have since chosen to follow Jesus, some have been baptized and he is now looking for training for the ministry. He writes, "I want to preach for 20 years I have fought something.! Real men love Jesus and stood boldly proclaim God's love and grace, and good news! So, I'll be the first to want to say and there is NO GOD ANSWERS PRAYER As far as your question of where all the Christians who dare This is me? ..... I preach! "

Friends, whether it's a tattoo shop, bar or adult book store, God sent forth His Son to die for those who have, often or work in these places. He's just big enough to not be moved by what is happening in a particular location! He can be trusted and He loves the owners of the companies enough to do anything to save them.

Do we have the compassion to pray for their safety - or are we bitter curse them as we passed by and even pray for their destruction?

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