as a christian, i was told to not have a tattoo on my body and leviticus 19:28 were once quoted to my face.
for years, i grew antagonistic towards it to the point that i'll drive for miles to "save" a christian brother/sister from having it.
i was an ardent critic of such practice but when i came to be critical of my christian faith, i decided to do a much deeper research of where does it come from.
historically, there are possibility that the ancient biblical israelites were inked for two reasons:
1) a label of servanthood
2) an act of worship
archaeologists stated that the biblical jews had permanent marks upon themselves despite the commandment. however, such topic was raised over and over during the talmudic era.
in jewish talmud, rabbi simeon highlighted the context to it and gave a certain prohibition to it: that god's name should not be inscribed, and it is not out of idolatry and self-glorification. maimonides, on the other hand, highlighted the context and said it alright to have it but suggested for a ban towards the practice out of the reason that the jews were meant to be distinctive.
however, for the christians, colossians 2:13-19 says there are certain jewish laws that are non-applicable. if there is a way to judge an opinion, it is to judge by grace and not by law. i believe, it is best to do it out of two intentions:
1) it is missional to yourself and others.
2) it is worship to god via your body as the temple of the holy spirit. the reform jews describe our body as a living canvas of god's artistic work.
tattoos today are getting much positive perception as compared to in the past. hence, in my opinion, if you follow the other two intentions, you would not have to feel guilty about having one. however, bear in mind of other questions in regards to after-care, cleanliness, quotation, etc.
this is a tattoo of a compass (see previous post) did by june, the artist. i love her artwork and her gentle fingers. if you're interested, go to her studio and check her out.
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