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Is it Okay for Christians to Get Tattoos?

Is it okay for Christians to get tattoos? Some say that getting a tattoo is a sin, while some say that it’s actually fine. So what’s the real answer to this question? Is there a real answer to this question?

The Old Testament

There is one verse in the Bible that Christians often refer to when the subject of tattoos come up. It is Leviticus 19:28 and it says Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” As you can see, Old Testament scripture clearly says that we should not put any tattoo marks on our bodies.

However, Pastor Mark Driscoll, a pastor of the Trinity Church, explained that this particular law of the Old Testament has already been fulfilled by Christ, and so Christians are not under this law anymore – instead, we are under God’s grace.

Christians Under God’s Grace

Does this mean that we can simply ignore the scripture and just get tattoos whenever we please? Of course not. As Christians, we have the responsibility to care for our bodies and do only what’s pleasing to the Lord.

Remember, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says “19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”


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