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Many Christian's these days are outspokenly against tattooing and they will quote Leviticus 19:28You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves.”

This verse was an old covenant verse that also continues on (in verse 26, 27) to forbid eating any meat with blood in it and forbid cutting your hair! Clearly this was a command for a people at that time and the whole Bible needs to be read in context with the whole of scripture. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh but that doesn't necessarily mean that He wants us to go to Nineveh! What do you think about this topic?

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0 # Frank Mitchell 2011-01-18 08:45
Many Christians get tattooed in Defiance of Leviticus 19:28 because they think Jesus died for them and so they are no longer under the Law. But Jesus said “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5: 17,18 NIV)
Of course, it’s well nigh impossible to keep the Law down to the smallest letter or the least stroke of a pen, but I happen to know it’s very easy NOT to get tattooed...
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+2 # Serving HIM 2011-02-20 04:18
Quoting Frank Mitchell:
Many Christians get tattooed in Defiance of Leviticus 19:28 because they think Jesus died for them and so they are no longer under the Law. But Jesus said “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5: 17,18 NIV)
Of course, it’s well nigh impossible to keep the Law down to the smallest letter or the least stroke of a pen, but I happen to know it’s very easy NOT to get tattooed...


Have you read the whole chapter of Leviticus 19 "Frank Mitchell"? Do you think God forbids the cutting of hair today also? We need to be careful not to pick and choose scriptures that we want to make law for today. Read the Bible as a whole, learn the principles from it as a whole and be careful not to take a response or Law from God that was directed to a specific person or people out of context and apply selectively to today or towards people that we wish to condemn.I like what it says on the homepage: Does God want you to Go to Ninevah? He told Jonah to go but that doesn't mean he wants all of us to do likewise. Some of the old commands are not literally for today but we can read them within the context of the whole of scripture and then take away principles. The principle for the Leviticus 19 tattoo command is don't give homage to false gods by cutting your self or by tattoos. Cutting yourself to lance a wound is not bad in it self. Getting a bible verse tattood on your arm is not bad either.

Keep reading the Bible and use Godly discernment if you are getting tattoos.

PS. I do agree with your comment though"Frank", it is easier to not get a tattoo than it is to abide by most of God's laws.
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0 # Frank Mitchell 2011-02-23 14:30
Serving HIM, I have read the ENTIRE Bible SIX times. I'm now writing a summary of it! In Matthew 5: 17,18 Jesus said "until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen". That's IMPOSSIBLE to take out of context. Now please YOU show me where it states that Leviticus 19: 28 "was directed to a specific person or people" as you state!!!
Also, you wrote "Some of the old commands are not literally for today" when Jesus said "until heaven and earth disappear"!!!
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+2 # Serving HIM 2011-02-23 15:07
Quoting Frank Mitchell:
Serving HIM, I have read the ENTIRE Bible SIX times. I'm now writing a summary of it! In Matthew 5: 17,18 Jesus said "until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen". That's IMPOSSIBLE to take out of context. Now please YOU show me where it states that Leviticus 19: 28 "was directed to a specific person or people" as you state!!!
Also, you wrote "Some of the old commands are not literally for today" when Jesus said "until heaven and earth disappear"!!!


The verse before this says (Lev 19:27) “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard."

If not a yot or tiddle has been changed from the Levitical law, I trust that you have a beard down to your chest and the sides of your hair are just as long?

And I take it that you are still making sacrifices, stoning people? If Jesus wanted the Levitical law upheld of stoning adulterers, he would not have saved the adulteress women from being stoned by the angry Pharasees.
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0 # Frank Mitchell 2011-02-24 16:35
Serving HIM:
1)“I trust that you have a beard down to your chest and the sides of your hair are just as long?”: The point we’re discussing is whether the Law is still in force. Your point implies that my own actions have some bearing on whether it’s in force or not. But it hasn’t. I’m not that important. I HOPE that my many failures in this respect have been paid for by Jesus. Any tattooed person likewise needs Jesus to have paid for his (or her) illegal tattoo.
2)“you are still making sacrifices, stoning people? If Jesus wanted the Levitical law upheld of stoning adulterers, he would not have saved the adulteress women from being stoned by the angry Pharasees”: Jesus was simply confirming what was written as follows: “But to the wicked person, God says: ‘What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?’” (Psalm 50: 16) And, as Solomon said, “—for there is no one who does not sin—” (1 Kings In other words, THE BIBLE ITSELF states that neither you nor I nor anyone is fit to condemn or stone anyone, because we have ALL sinned! So only God may apply the death penalty, in practice! (btw, THAT is context!)
3)“And I take it that you are still making sacrifices”: Of course I am, every time I take Communion! Aren’t you?
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0 # Frank Mitchell 2011-02-25 04:34
Serving HIM: Just to emphasize item 2) Jesus did not say NOT to apply the Law. He said "let him who is without sin cast the first stone", i.e., only a sinless person may punish others under Mosaic Law, it being that “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3: 23)
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+1 # majorboot 2011-03-05 02:33
As said above and I have debated in many forums. Rev. 19:16 and he had inscribed on his thigh and his robe :KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS.
I'm fairly confident in assuming there were no magic markers back in the day.
Aaaah...but before the neighsayers retort with BUT..it's REVELATIONS..and is yet to happens...
Let me share with those that GOD the Father..GOD the Son..and GOD the Holy Spirit..the Trinity..IS...WAS...and ALWAYS will be and NEVER changes.
My tatts are my testimony of my life before and my new birth now..I meet with the broken and marginalised and share my testimony and let the Spirit take over from there.
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0 # Frank Mitchell 2011-03-06 16:02
@Rob Cross: “and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.” (Revelation 1: 13) So His robe reaches TO HIS FEET! So, the inscription is on HIS ROBE at thigh level..... So it cannot be a tattoo per tattooist “interpretation s”....
But, even if it were a tattoo, even so, His people have been forbidden to wear tattoos. So isn't it pretentious to have them simply because you think Jesus has one? It’s rather like a recruit going around with four stars just because the general has four stars....
Yes, tattooed Christians say their tattoos attract people when they then talk about Jesus. But, actually, a preacher talks to the mind but only the Holy Spirit reaches the heart and the Holy Spirit does NOT need an illegal tattoo!
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0 # admin 2011-03-06 16:21
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0 # Tattoo Sam 2012-01-09 00:19
Tattoos are for the collector to choose. If someone wants one, that's their right.
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