What Does The Bible Say About Tattoos?
As tattoos grow in popularity each year, it makes sense that most Christians wonder what the Bible has to say about tattoos.
The short answer is that the Bible does not say anything clear and direct about tattoos. Many use Leviticus 19:28 as an argument against tattoos. This verse literally translates: “And a cutting of the dead you will not make in your flesh, and writing marks you will not make on you; I am the Lord.”
The word writing refers to inscribed or engraved symbols/words and is used only here. The word for marks, also used here alone, has an uncertain root, so we’re not really sure what the word means. Further, the word tattoo did not enter into the English language until the late 1700s.
The following Bible verses should help you make a decision on your tattoo and your walk with Christ:
1. 1 Corinthians 10:31
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
2. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 NIV
22 reject every kind of evil.
3. Leviticus 19:28 NIV
28 “ ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.
4. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV
5. 1 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
6. Colossians 3:20 NIV