Sunday, February 17, 2008
Top 20 Bible Questions #3: Tattoos, Body Piercing
Q. What does the Bible have to say about body piercings and tattoos?”
A. Good folks who are “literalists” and strict religionists have always had a bias against body piercing and tattooing, labeled as pagan by citing Leviticus 19:28: “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.”
The same commandment is also cited in Leviticus 21:5, although this time, the instructions also prohibit baldness and shaving. We don't usually hear that part.
To have the ear pierced by the owner of a slave was a volunteer process of love and commitment. For an Easterner to paint a small circle between their eyes is a sign of the "middle eye," which is a powerful chakra or power center.
The Blood of Jesus is the ultimate covering of all such decorations. We can assume that God - choosing not to see either the tattoo or the body piercing - looks at the heart.
To me, this is a mute question to all who walk in the light of the Kingdom of God, because we are marked with his name in our foreheads, for we have the mind of Christ.