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Small bronze tattooing implements (c. 1450 B.C.) from Gurob, Egypt. (Joann Fletcher)

Small bronze tattooing implements (c. 1450 B.C.) from Gurob, Egypt. (Joann Fletcher)

"Youths & Tattoos" 

           Have you ever contemplated what the historical significance of tattoos is? Is marking our bodies with something as simple as using ink in reverence of our personal beliefs, summertime and school year love memories and even types of self-mutilation and punishment displeasing in God’s sight? After all, tattoos weren’t even heard of during biblical times, right?

             Well the Bible tells us that, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Eccl 1:9.ESV) So, according to Scripture, tattoos have been revealed in previous time. [Yeah, right! Show me biblically where the mention of tattoos is!] Just hold your horses, we’re getting to that.

            Historically, tattoos can be traced, according to Joann Fletcher, research fellow at Britain’s University of York, “…to people around the world, from the famous ‘Iceman,’ a 5,200-year-old frozen mummy, to today’s Maori.”[1]

(Look at the following examples)

              These are examples of actual mummys from the earlyhistorical period (ca. 900 A.D.) These are the earliest known and preserved examples of tattoos being prevalent right after Christ’s human appearance on earth. While these examples are only types which we have record of, for the sake of this discussion, the Bible is explicit with its implication that there is nothing new under the sun, and Fletcher tells us, “In terms of tattoos on actual bodies, the earliest known examples were for a long time Egyptian and were present on several female mummies dated to c. 2000 B.C. But following the more recent discovery of the Iceman from the area of the Italian-Austrian border in 1991 and his tattll patterns, this date has been pushed back a further thousand years when he was carbon-dated at around 5,200 years old.”[2]
    Today, tattoos are popular in the Buddhist religious traditions, as well as popular among the 21st Century generationers.

(View the following video of tattoos being done under the ancient Thai tradition.)
     Finally, what does the Bible say pertaining to tattoos? Well, I love the Word of God, because it covers every thing that humanity can conceive. We are told, in the Book of Leviticus, “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.” (Lev 19:28. ESV) [Wow! I didn’t know. What to do now?]
      We must understand that just as there is nothing new under the sun, there also is nothing we can do, that God won’t forgive us for! It is most difficult and costly to have tattoos removed.

(View this video of how tattoos are professionally removed.)  

           As you can see, even with the ink removal, the general outline of the previous tattoo is still visable. Whether or not we can get the tattoo removed is not the primary issue, the issue at hand is our genuine repentance (telling God we are sorry, and turning from our ways). God will forgive us, and shower us with His love, His care and His compassion. He won’t hold our previous actions over our head. We are told, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9. ESV)
            I would like to encourage each of you to be strong in the Lord, to follow His ways and to seek His face at all times. Those things which were done in the past, are just that; things done in the past. We are new creatures in Christ, Jesus. Believe it, and receive it.
            Continue to be blessed, my sisters and my brothers. In Jesus’ name I pray.
Rev. Marvin
[2] http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tattoos-144038580/. Accessed June 14, 2015.
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Tattooed pre-dynastic female figure.
(Joann Fletcher)

Tattooed pre-dynastic female figure. (Joann Fletcher)

Leviticus 19:28. (KJV)

"Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord."
The tattooed right hand of a Chiribaya mummy...who lived from A.D. 900-1350.
(Joann Fletcher)

The tattooed right hand of a Chiribaya mummy...who lived from A.D. 900-1350. (Joann Fletcher)