January 13, 2014   |   Category: Ask Irvin   |   Tags:

What does the Bible have to say about Tattoos?

By Irvin Baxter


QUESTION: Jim from Indiana asked, In Leviticus 19:28, it says that you shall not put any cuttings on your flesh for the dead, or any mark upon you. My daughter just got a tattoo, how does this scripture affect her?


ANSWER: I believe the scripture is against tattoos. I believe tattoos are a heathen practice, even though it’s rampant in today’s culture. The Bible speaks against making markings on our skin and she needs to realize that. The Bible says, Thy Word, O Lord, is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path. One reason that sin is so rampant today is because most people don’t even know what sin is anymore, so first thing she needs to realize is that God’s Word teaches that it’s wrong. And then she needs to move to rectify it as much as she can.

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One Response to “Tattoos”

  1. Jess Shelton

    It also says in the verse 27, just prior to speaking about tattoos, “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard”. Is it possible that God wanted to separate his chosen people and did not want them to emulate their practices. I have a hard time getting from that scripture that someone who puts a butterfly on their ankle is sinning. But that is just my interpretation.