Is a Tattoo a Sin?

Question

I have a tattoo and I'm a Christian. In fact, I was a Christian when I got the tattoo. I've been told a tattoo is sinful because it's marking the body. Did I commit a sin and is my tattoo sinful?

Answer

Your question has two parts. Is getting a tattoo a sin and is your tattoo a sin? There are many faithful Christians with tattoos, and there are a lot of Christians with strong feelings, pro and con, about tattoos. Let's address both the questions and see what we can discern from the Bible.

Is getting a tattoo a sin?

Some say that getting a tattoo is a sin, because in Leviticus the Bible forbids placing any type of mark on the body.

"You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD." (Levitcus 19:28)

With a simple reading of this verse, it appears that tattoos are clearly forbidden in the Bible. However, while it’s true that tattoos were forbidden under Levitical law, we must remember that these laws were given to the Nation of Israel, not the Body of Christ. As Christians, not all of the laws given to Israel apply to us. In the Old Testament, God gave moral, civil and ceremonial laws.

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