Hey there, here I am, thinking, is it a sin for a Christian to tattoo crosses? After all, I’m inscribing crosses that depict the death and resurrection of Christ.
I will say emphatically that tattooing crosses are a sin. According to Leviticus 19: 28.
You shall not make any cuttings
In your flesh for the dead, nor print
Any marks upon your body: I am the LORD.
Pay utmost cognizance to this sentence “I AM THE LORD” what does it connote? God himself commanded this; you remember vividly when the bible says nothing out of my word will go without fulfilling. God cannot contradict himself, man’s ability to decipher will only play pranks on him.
Let’s take a look at some points to buttress my assertions.
Though the verse is highly controversial because it’s disgorging a pagan practice. This practice included inscribing tattoo in honor of a pagan idle and not the practice of tattooing in itself.
Pagan idles or gods have often dedicated heroes, and after their heroes died they sometimes became a pagan god. Psalm 106: 8 mentions this
“They joined themselves also unto
Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.”
Baalpeor is a pagan hero
Do you know 15% of men and 13% of women in the U.S have tattoos? It’s almost becoming a routine these days.
There’s no way around it. You should come to terms with the fact that the bible is a complete compendium of knowledge. If you truly regard the bible as the direct commandment and breathe of God you need to obey every word therein.
If you read from verse 1&2 of Leviticus 19: which says,
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak, unto all the congregation of the
Children of Israel, and say unto them,
Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God
Some called this mosaic law, but it’s not true. God himself had a meeting with Moses to explain the principles that pilot the affairs of an average Israelite (you and I). These principles are the prerequisites for getting to the promised land (heaven).
In fact, you cannot intellectualize God with your mind.
Genesis 1: 27 affirms that we are created in the image of God. That means you and I are the earthly versions of God. Why do you want to remodel yourself? You’re a depiction and a replica of God, that’s why Paul said: “we’re the epistle of God.”
No one wants to read the bible anymore, people want to adopt your lifestyle, or probably look up to you as a mentor. You tell me, is it right you misinstruct and mislead them? What if your potential mentees imitate you without knowing the interior reason behind your tattoo?
Romans 12:2, And be not conformed to this world:
But be ye transformed by renewing of your mind,
That ye may prove what is good, and acceptable,
And perfect, will of God.
Tattooing traditional crosses in the name of the gospel doesn’t justify your actions before biblical principles. You are wholly fraternizing with the worldly practices.
Before you call me a hypocrite, consider these questions.
1. Is it honoring to God?
2. Is it edifying to others?
3. Is it not for selfishness or empty conceit?
4. Of what importance is a tattoo to you?
5. What will be at stake if you don’t tattoo?
I want you to answer those questions honestly. Be fair enough!
I believe you know tattoos are associated with rebels and prison inmates. There’s a popular aphorism that says,” How you dress is how you’ll be addressed”. Let it not come as a shock that you are arrested amongst criminals in a crime scene because of your appearance. Whatever you say will not count, because of the stigma attached to tattoos.
The bible also told us that our body is the temple of God (1corithians 6:19). Why do you want a tattoo? Of what essence is it to you and others? If you don’t get a tattoo what will be a stake?
According to the Boston Business Journal Article: “more than 30% to 40 of people with tattoos wish they don’t. Can you imagine?
This is a clear indication that tattoos are sinful and must be disregarded because it’s associated with paganism. The bible, however, admonishes us on extravagant spending of money on inconsequential things.
If tattoos were very imperative, from creation you could see one on you. Drillings holes and filling them up with inks is just sinful to the core.
Biblical verses about tattoos
1. Romans 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak.
2. Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advise.
3. 1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
4. 1John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
5. Psalm 119:9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? by living according to your word.
Do you know there are detrimental effects of tattoos? There are practical reasons you should never have a tattoo.
Before you contemplate tattooing traditional crosses. You need to see this.
3 Practical reasons to avoid tattoos at all costs.
1. Financial down-and-out
Do you know that small tattoos cost around 45 dollars while larger ones cost around 150 dollars per hour of work? What! That’s preposterous. Of what value is that to your life? When there are other pressing needs and orphanage homes you could go bless lives.
Imagine for a moment, if you don’t have multiple streams of income or full insurance coverage. You’re indirectly signing in to poverty.
but he that gathered by labor shall increase”.
“Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished;
The Bible affirms that you abstain from squandering money inconsequentially. Rather, inculcate the habit of saving and investing. Why? to avert poverty and destitution.
Statistics have depicted that the United States spend 1.65 billion dollars a year on tattoos in 2018. What! That’s a lot of money. And surprisingly, Christians are involved in this habit.
2. Psychological disorder
I have seen two badly in love fellows. They were so intimate that they thought it wise to tattoo love on their bodies as an emblem of their love for each other. Months down the line, they had a rift that led to their separation. This, however, left the guy in depression; he was so depressed that he went to the nearest river and drowned himself to death.
Do you know why? though he loved her, the tattoo always reminded him of her. Therefore he became very depressed and contemplated suicide.
Note: The presence of a toxic chemical called mercury in the ink can damage the brain and nervous system, and harm you psychologically.
American experts discovered that tattooed skin produces less sweat compare to non-tattooed skin.
Sweating is a glaring indication of healthiness, where you release excess sodium from the body. It’s a medium the body uses to normalize our temperature. Tattooed skin practically sweats less which is detrimental to our health. Less sweating can degenerate into high body temperature or heat stroke.
If you tend to lose more sodium than you normally would you are likely to dehydrate quicker and suffer cramps, which can hamper your best performance in the gym, home, and society at large. For the sake of brevity, let’s stick with this.
Is it a sin to tattoo crosses? is a sin to ask in the first place. Don’t be trapped in your guilt. But I dare you to confess your sins before God, allow God to pilot the affairs of your life. After reconciliation with God don’t return to the forbidden and rejected dung. Tattoos are far from being Christ-like. Debunk any doctrine of such, and follow God unconditionally. I have tried surfing for the importance of tattoo, I just can’t find it. Do you tattoo as Christian? Tell me how you feel? Did I omit any fact from the article?