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Q: Tattoos have become a craze among young people today. What does the Bible teach regarding such practices?

God’s Word plainly condemns such practices in Leviticus 19:28, which reads, “Ye shall not … print [tattoo] any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” A true Christian attitude is one of giving and service. A Christian attitude should demonstrate humility and modesty. A Christian should not appear strange or outlandish in attire. We are warned against an attitude of rebellion. “Body art” and tattoos are generally motivated by vanity, sexual lust and rebellion; attributes condemned throughout the Bible. Even if someone says he or she isn’t doing it for those reasons, we should avoid “all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). Christians are told by God to be a light to this world (Matthew 5:13-16). Our body is the temple of God’s Spirit; we are to glorify God with it! God does not want graffiti on His temple! (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We must ensure that our appearance is clean, wholesome and modest. It must be based on God’s law.

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