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Christians Are Divided On Tattoos

ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Is getting a tattoo sinful?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, stated, "Anything that encourages Christians to compromise their relationship with God should be avoided."

Out of 1,100 Christians surveyed, 50% or half believed that getting a tattoo was a sinful act. "The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we should honor our bodies as God intended" was the number one response. Others in this group stated, "We are commanded by God not to do it in Leviticus 19:28: Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor PRINT any marks upon you; I am the Lord." One poller in this category responded, "You were not born with any marks or tattoos, therefore you should respect God's design for your body."

Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed did not believe that getting a tattoo was a sin, "It is not a sin, because everything is permissible but everything is not beneficial, and many who get tattoos regret it later in life." Another poller answered, "It is just a trend and it will pass, just like body piercing and crazy hairstyles." But most in this group felt that, "It is an individual choice. If you feel God is telling you not to get a tattoo and you do it anyways, then the sin is disobedience. Tattoos themselves are not sin."

A close twenty-three percent of poll takers were unsure about whether or not getting a tattoo was sin, "It really depends on the type of tattoo you get. If you get an evil symbol drawn, then it's a sin; if you get a drawing with a Christian symbol, its okay." One survey taker said, "Some societies around the world tattoo their skin as part of their culture, so I am not sure." Finally, one person in this category was unsure because, "I don't know the Bible well enough to make that determination and I think that Christ is the only one who can make that judgment."

To help educate Christians on the topic of sanctification issues, ChristiaNet has just released a free Sanctification Quiz. Using the latest interactive technology, one can test their Biblical knowledge on issues facing the Christian community.


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