Recently, there has been a resurgence of body markings especially among the young people. Some get tattoos because of unnecessary reasons like; peer pressure, being stylish, beautification of the body without taking into consideration the meaning and origin of tattoos.
Marking of the body or tattoos was used in the past by pagans to mourn their dead. History also confirmed that pagan kings and their families used tattoos to appease the anger of their gods. It was also hoped that when they cut their bodies for the dead, they will find some help in the land of the dead.
God in Leviticus 19:28 instructed his people thus:
“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves, I am the Lord”.
God specifically pointed this out because he did not want his people to partake in the rituals done by pagans. Even though loosing ones loved one can be painful, it does not warrant cutting of bodies. God’s people are not supposed to mourn like those that do not have hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
People may argue and twist the words of God in the Bible, God’s instruction in Leviticus 19:28 are very clear.
I want you to also consider these 4 reasons BEFORE you get or allow your kid to get a tattoo:
1 About 80 per cent of those who had done tattoo in the past are seriously regretting their actions; they are looking for ways out. Many of them have spent thousands of Dollars to carry out surgeries to remove the marks. You know what! It has not been working well because after the surgery, it will leave more scars on their bodies.
2 Whether you agree or not, all over the world people have bad feelings about those with tattoos. They are usually regarded as “rascals”. When you have a tattoo or allow your kid to have a tattoo, you are only portraying yourselves as bad guys before the public. It will be difficult to give you a responsible position in the society. You may also not likely be employed by any serious employer.
3 Medically Tattoo has been linked to serious diseases. The Mayo Clinic warns, “Don’t take tattooing lightly”. They’ve resulted in severe allergic reactions, infections, unsightly scars, and blood-borne diseases like Hepatitis B and C. Tattooing deliberately opens skin and exposes your blood to unknown bacteria. Those who do Tattoo are not medical practitioners or health workers, although they are puncturing skin and exposing blood.
4 The last but not the least to consider is this Bible admonishment: “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his soul” God said in Leviticus 19:28 that you should not cut your body for the dead or put tattoo marks on your body. Disobeying God will only make you lose your place with him.
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