A word to the religious: In Leviticus 19:28, it says not to tattoo “I am the Lord” on you (i.e. don’t take the name of the Lord in vain). It does NOT say you can’t mark yourself at all, and it does NOT say there’s anything wrong about piercing. What it DOES say is that it prohibits mutilating yourself for the dead, which was a senseless practice at that time. But for Christians, they are no longer bound by the Law.
Remember that it’s not what you do; it’s what’s in your heart when you do it. The Talmud even mentions that it’s not the tattooing that is wrong, but what the tattoo is of (i.e. if the tattoo is an image of a ‘false god’ as opposed to just a ‘design’).
There are probably many ‘prim & proper’ Christians out there that have had the urge to be tattooed, but have repressed it because they believed it was a sin. Well, if you really believe that it is a sin, then it is. But is getting tattooed really a sin? If it draws you away from Christ or causes someone else to stumble, then yes. But tattooing isn’t any more special than anything else we distract ourselves with. Take things in moderation at your speed. We are to deny ourselves of things if they cause us to lose sight of Jesus (for some, it could be driving a car, getting married, having children, going to work, smoking, abusing drugs & alcohol, disrespect, etc.).
If you have good discernment, you know what distracts you from Christ and what doesn’t. Tattooing isn’t inherently evil; it got it’s ‘evil’ status because GOD-less heathens from places like the South Pacific were tattooed. Do what pleases GOD; and one thing that pleases GOD is to be confident in oneself (not overly prideful, but confidence tempered with discernment, almost bordering on arrogance). Tattooing can bring out that confidence, because to be tattooed requires commitment.
And that’s a conquering power over fear and old ruts. GOD wants mature dynamic individuals that fear him to fellowship with, not people cowering in fear from some rigid set of laws. Note: fear of GOD is totally different from cowering in fear.
Some Christians will claim that drinking any amount of alcohol is sinful, but the medical community is saying that 2-3 drinks a day is good for the heart. Drink responsibly. So, for those that have repressed getting a tattoo because of family or religious upbringing, just do it. If it’s not for you, fine--but don’t ruin it for the others.
Tattooing in no way marks who’s saved and who’s not. If you’ve seen the trilogy “A Distant Thunder,” the Mark of the Beast was tattooed on your right hand or forehead. The tattoo was 666 in binary ‘6’s (i.e. 1 0 11 0 11 0 1 Sort of like a UPC code), but this doesn’t mean that every tattoo is a Mark of the Beast.
People have stated that the credit card and the computer were tools of the Devil. So what? Everybody depends on both today, even if the Anti-Christ is to use the computer to control the population, it doesn’t mean that if you use a computer, you’re a follower of the Devil. I believe that religion, when improperly used, is a dangerous thing. Christianity has wasted a lot of valuable time trying to influence people in believing that unimportant things are evil instead of spreading the word of GOD. Christianity (or those prideful, arrogant, self righteous leaders) has looked down on tattooing far too long.