Christians with Tattoos

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  1. Nicholas25

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    I am thinking about getting a cross tattooed on my right arm. I am thinking about something like a cross with John 14:6 under it. Most would say that this is sinful. I know some of you on here are a little more mature in years than I am (I am 28), but what do you think?
     
  2. Marcia

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    I think it's fine.

    This thread will probably turn into 27 pages of discussion on tattoos, piercings, etc. It always seem to be that way on these superficial topics.
     
  3. Amy.G

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    I don't think tatoos are sinful. But I think you may regret it when you're 40. :)
     
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    That is between you and the Lord. Take the advise of the above poster. It might have a different appearance when you get older. As far as there being a general rule against it, hogwash.
     
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    Amen, brother! It's between him and the Lord. No other Christian should judge and condemn.
     
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    Don't.

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    I have a tattoo, Ive had it for yrs now, tattoo's and piercings back in biblical times were signs of being slaves. I for one can accept that, I am a slave to Jesus and I am freely. If you want a tattoo, then get one.
     
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    I could never get one...

    I am too much of a wimp...

    ouch.
     
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    One advantage you would have is being so old your skin has already warped as much as it is going to, so the tatoo would probably keep its original form.[​IMG]
     
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    It's up to you, but its like smoking. Why would you do such a stupid thing that you'll likely regret later?

    :saint:
     
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    I am 81 and have a tattoo on my right forearm. I was 23 when I got it as a chaplain in the army and got it as a dare from the men as we were heading off to war in Korea. It is there for life. It does fade in the sun and wrinkles as you get older.

    I was asked by a lad at a Bible camp if I ever tried washing it off. I told him it didn't wash off. He said, Did you use soap?"

    I wouldn't get one to-day and often covered mine up during the years when fundamental believers frowned on tattoos, especially on preachers.

    Cheers,

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    hahaha...:applause:
     
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    I have one, it says "USMC" the old guy who owned the shop tried to talk me out of it. I was 20 at the time. Tats have a stigma attached to them because of the history of those who got them in this country. And some who still do. The general perception is they are cheap looking and present those who have them as ignorant and uncaring about life.

    1. A tat is meant to be permanent. The removal process is either painful or expensive. Way more that what it takes to get it on. So any tats should mean something you can live with the rest of your life.

    2. be willing to put up with the stigma attached to tats.

    3. There is nothing in scripture to directly forbid tats. A question for you to answer for yourself is "does a tat represent who Christ wants me to be?"
     
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    Heretic! :laugh:
     
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    I do not have a tatoo, which is a miracle. For all the tatoo shops I passed while in the Navy in the shape I was at the time, I have no idea why I am tatoo free.
     
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    Get a full sleeve :)
     
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    I may be a heretic, but it got all those lads into chapel.....:thumbsup:

    By the way, the only way to remove a tattoo was to go to a mortician who would make two cuts, remove the tattoo and draw the skin over an stitch it............I guess a doctor would do it to-day.

    My tatoo cost 50 cents and to remove it back then was $500.00.

    Mine is still there.........that was 6 months pay!

    Cheers,

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    If you really want it, get it.

    Just make sure of a couple of things:

    1. You like it...really like it

    2. If you have an unique characters (i.e. biblical languages) make sure you have it down cold for the artist. True story, I was doing college ministry and had a guy come into our group that was acting like a "super-Christian" and try to scam on some of our younger ladies. Anyhoo, he was smarting off one time about how he was smarter than me, more spiritual than me, more blah blah blah than me. Part of his case was he had gotten a tatoo on his wrist of the Hebrew name of God and was showing it off. I let it go on for quite a while, I don't mind be self-depricating, and finally, gently let him know that he had the name of God spelled wrong in Hebrew...which he did. That's forever.

    I don't have any tatoos. Not my thing. But know plenty who do and enjoy ministry alongside them. No stigma for me either.
     
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    I personal think it is "worldly" (at best) but I have to wear mine and you will have to wear yours. So it is entirely up to you, but my advice. Don't.
     
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    My dad got a big tattoo on his forearm when he was in the navy back in the 1940's. It was a big eagle and an anchor when it was new, but even by the time I was a teenager, I could barely make out what it was. So, I don't have a problem with tattoos. I grew up with one. :smilewinkgrin:

    But he did regret it. As do many as they get older.
     

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