Today we see that marking the body is a very popular fashion in the world. But also, we can see that even members of liberal churches mark their bodies with these tattoos. Next we will see What is the origin of tattoos? What is the meaning behind them? and What does the Bible say about Tattoos?
Where do tattoos come from and what is their meaning?
According to historical data, ancient Egyptian culture used tattoos for ceremonial purposes, to worship what they called gods.
On the other hand, between Greek and Roman cultures, tattoos were used to demonstrate military hierarchy, social position or simply to prove ownership over a slave.
In Asian culture, the tattoo has its origin in the year 1,000 BC, when it began to enter the trade routes of India, China and Japan. But the most relevant thing is that in Japanese culture the tattoo was used as a way to mark criminals, or later used by the mafia called the Yakuza, as a symbol of bravery and loyalty to the mafia.
In the Native Americans the tattoo was a symbolic rite, associated with the religious and magical world. While in Central America it was a practice used by the Aztecs who tattooed images of who they considered their gods.
What does the Bible say about tattoos?
Analyzing what we read earlier, we can realize that tattoos have a dark origin, based on worship what these ancient cultures called gods, but what the Bible clearly calls demons (Dt 32:17; 1 Cor 10:20).
For this reason, the Lord made it very clear to the people of Israel that those signs or marks that were printed on the skin of the pagan nations, were a cult to their dead idols.
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord (Leviticus 19:28).
As Christians, being cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, we cannot participate in the things of the world and the things of God at the same time. Because the Bible teaches that the purpose of this practice was the worship of idols or demons.
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils (1 Corinthians 10:21).
Today, it cannot be possible that a person calling himself Christian (follower of Christ), has desires in his heart to print these satanic signs, which go against the will of God. Therefore, this implies two things: “a dead spiritual life (without prayer, or reading the word)” or “never been born again”.
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy (1 Peter 1:14-16).
On the other hand, if you have already come to Christ with tattoos on your body you do not have to worry, it is not necessary to remove them because God already sees you as a new and clean man.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
In conclusion, the Bible tells us “Glorify God in your body” (1 Co 6: 19-20). Therefore, let us take care and sanctify our bodies because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).