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Tattoos

Posted: March 10, 2012 in Social Concerns

Many, if not all of us, in the world of tattoo have had Leviticus 19:28 thrown in our faces “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.” Usually it is meant to condemn either our profession or our obviously decorated skin. So what is a Christian tattooist or tattoo enthusiast to say? Is tattooing indeed defiling the temple of the Holy Spirit? Are we callously ignoring God’s commandment? Let’s shed some light on the subject by looking at it through Scriptural doctrines the law with its conviction, and grace with its freedom. First, by researching references to Leviticus 19:28, we find it refers to a heathen practice meant to invoke the attention of pagan gods and usually by means of cutting oneself to “prove” one’s sincerity (see also Lev. 21:5, Jer. 16:6, and Deut. 14:1). It was an attempt to make one worthy to approach some graven image of a god through self-abasement. God rightly admonished His chosen people not to follow the pagan rituals of such false “religions”. However, some critics will still hold fast to the literal letter of the law and conclude that regardless of its textual meaning, the act of tattooing is still forbidden granted, the entire Bible is indeed the inspired literal Word of the living God, but it also represents a progressive revelation of its Author His nature, His grace and His plan for redemption. Taken in the context of God’s plan to restore mankind into fellowship with Him, the law was given to show us that we could not redeem ourselves by our own efforts. Paul writes in Romans that the law that it was given to reveal sin will justify no man. Only through faith in the free gift of God’s grace, found in the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ, can man be justified (ROM 3:20-26). In fact, Jesus actually redeemed us from the law and its curse (Gal. 3:13, see also Gal. 3:22). But if one wants to live by the law the Old Covenant then one must keep all of it (Jas. 2:10). Transgressing any part of the law means we are guilty of transgressing all of it. According to Levitical law, we may not eat the meat of rabbits or pigs (Lev. 11:6-7), nor lobsters, crabs, prawns, oysters or clams (Lev. 11:10-12). Hybrid breeding of livestock and mixing linen and wool in fabrics is prohibited (Lev. 19:19). Shaving the sides of your head (being clean shaven) or disfiguring the edges of your beard (trimming) is also forbidden (Lev. 19:27). So if you’ve ever eaten a pork sandwich, dined on Maine lobster, trimmed your beard or worn wool blend suit or have gotten a tattoo you’re guilty under the law! Thank God that He has provided a better way for us to be reconciled to Him! A New Covenant! Romans 5:1-2 says we are justified by faith, given right standing with God through the Lord Jesus Christ (see also Rom. 5:8-11). The entire 5th chapter of Galatians deals with this issue contrasting the law and liberty, the lusts of the flesh and the fruits of the Spirit. Under the New Covenant, all the law is fulfilled in loving God with all your heart, soul and mind and loving your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:36-40). Jesus fulfilled the law and now our right standing with God is based upon His right standing. Our righteousness is based upon His righteousness not on the law. Galatians 2:21 puts it this way, “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” In Paul’s day there was controversy over whether a believer would be defiled by eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols. Paul addressed this at length. In his understanding, the eating of that meat was neither good nor bad of itself. It was the attitude of the heart that was important. Heart motive either cleansed the meat or condemned the eater. Yet while all things were legal to Paul, not all things were without consequences. (Read the 14th chapter of Romans and I Corinthians, chapter 8.) Paul affirmed the freedom we have in Christ, but he also warned us to beware that our liberty does not become a stumbling block for others. With liberty comes responsibility. A word of caution: do not flaunt your Christian freedom. One man’s freedom can be another’s downfall. Yeah, so what about our body being the “temple” of God? Doesn’t tattooing defile it? Well, let’s look at the context of those scriptures (I Cor. 3:16, 6:19, II Cor. 6:16). In the first instance, Paul is addressing envy, strife and division in the church at Corinth and warning them to be careful of what is built upon the foundation laid down by Jesus lest the temple be defiled. In chapter 6, he refers to sexual immorality as defiling the temple of the body. In II Corinthians Paul warns against tainting the bodily temple with idol worship. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 15:11 that it is what comes out of the mouth of man that defiles him that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt.12: 34-35). It is the love, purity and faith that come out of your heart that keeps your temple holy or it is the strife, immorality and unbelief within your heart that defiles it. Personally, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. As Christians we should take dead aim at the devil and his unholy minions, not at brothers and sisters in the Lord who happen to be decorated (or those who are not). Paul himself advises us not to engage in foolish disputes and arguments over the law. He calls it useless and unprofitable (Titus3: 9).

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I am calling them the Golden 25. These are the 25 points that if well read and understood and practiced will lead to the best relationships in this world. Brothers, you need to read these so that you can settle for a lady of virtue, a lady that will make you grow in all areas. You need to know when to draw the line, between a perfect one and one that is just there to shine in your glory be it financially or even socially. And my beautiful sisters, you need to read this in order to make sure you very well attract men of valour who have also read this. You have to read this to really know how well to remain beautiful both to the inside and outside.

1)      A Virtuous woman balances her intellect and style with spirituality. A Sensuous woman is materialistic and has no regard for the things of God.

2)      A virtuous woman wants a man that fears and respects God. A sensuous woman wants a man with muscles and money and isn’t really bothered about his relationship with God.

3)      A virtuous woman seeks to understand the vision and dream of her man so that she can support him. A sensuous woman isn’t interested in a man’s vision, she is only interested in what she can get from him.

4)      A virtuous woman seeks to understand the vision and dream of her man so that she can support him. A sensuous woman isn’t interested in a man’s vision, she is only interested in what she can get from him.

5)      A virtuous woman encourages the spiritual growth of her man by making sure he prays and reads the Bible. A sensuous woman has no regard for a man’s relationship with God. In fact she causes men to backslide, so to speak.

6)      A virtuous woman knows that true beauty comes from within. A sensuous woman thinks beauty is dressing half naked.

7)      A virtuous woman is more concerned about whether a man has a vision and potential than his bank balance. A sensuous woman wont date a guy unless he drives a BMW or any other high car for that matter.

8)      When a virtuous woman enters the life of a man, he begins to grow in all the different areas of his life. When a sensuous woman enters a man’s life, it’s the beginning of his downfall.

9)      A virtuous woman will help her man financially and help him with his financial burdens. A sensuous woman will

10)  bring a man into all kinds of financial problems and make him get into debt in order to fund her materialistic lifestyle.

11)  A virtuous woman recognizes a man’s headship and submits. A sensuous woman has no respect for the headship of the man and is contentious.

12)  A virtuous woman helps a man to focus on his strengths and not his weaknesses and helps a man turn his

13)  weakness into strengths. A sensuous woman encourages a man weakness and even strives to appeal to those weaknesses.

14)  A virtuous woman wants a man to appreciate her for her intellect and not just her looks. A sensuous woman cares only about men being physically attracted to her.

15)  A virtuous woman believes that her body should only be shared with her husband and therefore reserves sex for marriage. A sensuous woman will give any man access to her body for materialistic gains.

16)  A virtuous woman is loyal and faithful to her man. A sensuous woman doesn’t see anything wrong with dating multiple men at the same time.

17)  A virtuous woman wants a long term relationship with a good man that will honor and cherish her.  A sensuous woman just wants to have fun.

18)  A virtuous woman knows that men are visual, so she makes sure that she doesn’t dress in a way that will cause

19)  men to lust after her. A sensuous woman knows that men are visual so she dresses very provocative to make men lust after her.

20)  A virtuous woman knows that she should not be seen in or go to certain places. A sensuous woman can’t

21)  wait for the weekend so that she can hit the night clubs.

22)  A virtuous woman is honest and straight forward with her man. A sensuous woman always has something to hide. She is deceitful and dishonest.

23)  A virtuous woman chooses her friends carefully because she knows that bad company corrupts. A sensual woman keeps company and makes friends with the Jezebels and Delilah’s of this world.

24)  A virtuous woman prays for her man and even prays when choosing a life partner so that God can direct her.  A sensuous woman is lead by her greed and lusts. She doesn’t believe in consulting God before making decisions.

25)  A virtuous woman would give a man a chance even if he doesn’t have it all yet. A sensuous woman looks down on guys if they doesn’t already have it all.