take pictures, record home movies and keep newspaper clippings of
those special moments. What about those trophies, ribbons, diplomas or certificates that we showcase in our homes to show how proud we are of
our accomplishments? Not only do we not want to forget, but there is
something about sharing those things with others that puts a warm proud
feeling inside of us.
Is that why some people get tattoos? Tattoos have become very popular.
Some people get them just to get attention from others and some get them for
the memories or because they feel very strongly about something or someone. Although tattoos have become an almost irresistible thing to get for some
people, there are those that think it is not right to put tattoos on your body
because of Leviticus 19:28.
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. First of all, a lot of people only
look at the words NOR PRINT ANY MARKS UPON YOU. A verse is a verse. This verse should be read as one verse instead of two verses and no part of it should be left out.
The words that do not seem to get much emphasis are FOR THE DEAD. When
God says not to make cuttings in your flesh for the dead, He is also saying not
to make marks on your body for the dead. Notice the word nor in the verse? Nor means neither. So in this verse God is saying do not cut nor mark on your body
as a way of worshiping the dead.
God is saying do not get a tattoo to worship someone or something other than Him. If God was flat out saying do not get a tattoo, He would have never put the words FOR THE DEAD amongst the other words in that verse. All of the words
in Leviticus 19:28 were put together in one verse. You need to acknowledge the whole verse not just some of it.
Although tattoos are a way to keep the loving memory of someone or something,
it still doesn't change the fact that, to God, you are worshiping someone or something other than Him. Tattoos of names or faces of not just people, but even animals that are no longer living are examples of tattoos that worship the dead.
Whether you should get a tattoo or not is up to you. No one can make that
judgment call but you. When you make your decision, consider the truth and
not others opinions. If you believe the Word of God says do not get a tattoo,
then go with what you believe. If you believe a tattoo is fine as long as it isn't pertaining to the deceased, then go with what you believe. Read for yourself
and come to your own conclusion.