What does the Bible say about tattoos?

Tattoos are in fashion among young people, especially among adolescents. They want to look like the artists they venerate and imitate the tattoos of those artists as Sienna Miller, Eva Longoria, Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Brad Pitt, David Beckham and others. Many of these artists have applied tattoos when they were still teenagers and have sought out to make themselves conspicuous by their tattoos. Some young people, seeing how their peers and colleagues apply tattoos, they are tempted to follow their example. I urge you to read this article before taking the decision because I want to briefly introduce a biblical perspective on the problem.

There is a commandment in the book of the Law of Moses, that says:

You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:28)(NASB)

There are other passages in the Bible that confirm that pagan peoples who surrounded the people of Israel used the occasion of a dead person to make certain things like to cut round the ends of their hair, to shave the end of the beard, to let a bald place on their head or to make cuts in the body. God has categorically prohibited such practices to His people and has warned that He is Lord. We were created to reflect the image of God and He does not want to leave images or letters on this image that will communicate a wrong message or that will contradict the one left by God.

In this life man gets in different crises and conditions that affect him in a way or another. Coming to a certain condition, you may apply a tattoo on the body that you always be ashamed of and you will feel sorry that you did it. That is why, it is not good to apply tattoos.

Translated by Felicia Rotaru