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What do you think about tattoos?

 

The Bible teaches that “the world is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1). All things belong to God. Even our body is not our own, “know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6: 19 & 20). Our body is the temple, or dwelling place, of the Holy Ghost. The apostle Paul calls our body “the temple of God” (I Corinthians 3: 16&17), and “the temple of the living God” (II Corinthians 6:16). We are commanded to yield our body and its members, as well as our soul, as instruments of righteousness to God, to His glory. Scripture instructs that we are not to defile this temple of God, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh…nor print any marks upon you” (Leviticus 19:28). Cuttings and markings in the flesh was a heathen practice in idol worship. The infinite love of God and the all-encompassing effectual power of the Cross is written in Christ’s shed blood upon the hearts of those who have made Him their personal Lord and Saviour. That is the only (if I may use the analogy) tattoo that we should bear.

 

- Mark Shutts