Poll: Respecting her tattoo wish

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Should Christians respect a woman's wish for a tattoo?

Poll closed Sep 28, 2012.
  1. Yes

    71.4%
  2. Umm...not sure

    14.3%
  3. (Rather not say)

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  1. farouk

    farouk Member

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    Okay so it has been quiet in recent days on this subject, which is, however, undeniably popular. On the other, now quiet, thread, one truth said:
    Not making this about one truth now, but in broader terms, there may be scope for a poll about Christians respecting the tattoo wish.

    (Especially bearing in mind that many wish for faith based designs.)
     
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  2. SpagLard

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    I think it depends on the image of the tattoo a lot.
    In itself, a tattoo to me is not a ":biggrinesecration of ones temple" (body)
    but it is a "graven image", so one should choose wisely
    with what to decorate ones temple permanently.

    Personally i don't like depictions of Christ, because they are
    almost always stereotypical.

    I have a tattoo but it is pretty personal so i won't share more than that.

    My ex-bf has tattoos ,
    one is a creapy looking Squid-thing he calls C'thul-hu
    (I think it's from a Lovecraft story ? )
    and the other is a symbol for CHAOS (he calls himself "a Chaote " )

    If the tattoo fits the person and isn't offensive or just ugly , ;)
    i'm ok with it.
     
  3. tandemcpl

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    I voted, “Umm…not sure.†If the option would have been there, I would have picked “probably not.â€

    The reason for my decision can be found in the discussion I started yesterday.

    http://www.christianforums.net/showthread.php?t=44297

    Be blessed.

    Toby
     
  4. Down Yokel

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    Can someone say that it is between them and god? Can someone really say that god would bless such a thing and it would glorify him. I thought tattoos were pagan in origin and the bible condemns the cutting and marking of the skin in Leviticus?
    Glorification of the flesh and such things are against new testament teachings. But if someone decides to have one, of course we should respect their wishes. I doesn't mean we have to agree. But me personally, I think it's unbiblical and fleshly. If there is scripture or evidence that it is ok, well then it's fine. But as far as I can see, it is unbiblical from Leviticus, and it's origins.
     
  5. farouk

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    Thanks for your comments. Sometimes a faith based tattoo design can be as simple as a small Bible ref. on the wrist, etc. A lot of Christians find that they can be very effective in getting to talk and witness to people.

    Yes, it can be a meaningful personal experience if you do it, can't it.

    Blessings.
     
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    You can respect someone but not necessarily agree with what they are doing. Example: I respect my brother, but he doesn't believe in God. That doesn't mean I agree with his beliefs, it means I respect that he is making his own choices. If that is his thing, then ok. He is doing what he thinks is right and he has to back up his actions. I believe the same thing goes for women and tattoos.

    It shouldn't be about pointing fingers at someone else. We need to check ourselves first.
     
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    I personally don't like tattoos; yet my brother is covered in them, and my wife has a few. She is in the process of having them removed, which is very painful and very expensive. I have not asked her to do this, it is her own choice. Tattoos first came about from warfare. They were intended to intimidate the other tribe. The PICTS get their name from 'picture', which is what they were identified by - the picture covering their skin. Our modern cultures have adopted this practice for grooming. My personal taste says YUCK! Not only because I am a Christian, but I think it's gross. I havn't always felt that way though. At one time I thought they looked 'cool'; and I thought about getting one. Thank goodness I didn't. I would now be paying for a mistake due to my immaturity, which I think most people feel once they mature more. Thats my opinion anyway.
     
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    Well, it's not at all unusual that your wife has a few tattoos. In fact, it is reckoned that 60% of parlor clients in North America are women. If your wife wants to get rid of hers, then like you say, it's respecting her choice.

    Given the very widespread occurrence of tattoos, many Christian women do find that a faith based tattoo design is a very effective way of getting to talk to people about the Lord.

    Blessings.
     
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    Yes, this was the same rationale the Catholics used for introducing statues and the rosary into the church. I don't agree with them either. You use your tattoos to preach if you wish. I am not condemning you. :eeeekkk
     
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    The difference being, with many faith based tattoo designs, of course, that some of them contain words or references to Bible passages, which have proved extraordinarily effective in talking to people from an increasingly church-less generation about the Lord.

    If your good wife doesn't want to use her tattoos in this way, then this is fine, too.

    Blessings.
     
  11. Tri Unity

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    Like I said: "You use your tattoos to preach if you wish." Your being very defensive.
     
  12. Tri Unity

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    Again, this is the same rationale used by Catholics to introduce statues and the rosary. This is your defense so go with it. BTW., Does your wife use her tattoos to preach this way? How effective has it been? Where are her tattoos, and what are they?
     
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    :chin Blessings.
     
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    What is the fixation with tatoos...of all the Christian topics that can be brought here, I am amazed that this subject keeps getting attention. Instead of marking one's skin, I think women should mark their bibles in order to remember bible verses. Injecting ink in your skin to me is not very smart.
     
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    Would pole dancing be a way to witness to people, or smoking weed. The whole argument is crazy. How many of those 60% parlour clients are prostitutes. Do you know. I am wondering why you seem to be so obsessed with this topic.
     
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    Bless you sister.
     
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    Since some of them might be grandmothers or pastors' wives, I think your claim about women of ill repute is probably more off-center, frankly. The statistics refer to North America. I think it's far more widespread than you realize

    But basically I agree with your point about getting to know one's Bibles is the main thing.

    Blessings.
     
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    Well, it's out there in a big way, for a fact. (And many Christians use it effectively for starting conversations about faith based designs.) Plus the fact that, these days, more women than men are reckoned to be parlor clients.

    Blessings.
     
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    Am I to understand that you are actually recommending for Christian women to get "faith based" tattoos so that they might have something to talk to unbelievers about?
     
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    Thanks for your question. Let me just quote from mygraine, who posted in another thread:

    "The area in which I live, >16000 people, has five tattoo shops. Of the five, three are owned by women, of those three, two are owned and operated by Christians. So the thought of Christian women with tattoos is just how it is. My wife is no longer intimidated by the whole dark alley tat shop scene. When the artist is a Christian woman, it makes it more accessible for other Christian women. ..
    My wife had tatts before Christ.. She states that she prefers the idea of an artist with a set of morals similar to our own. We are friends with two female tattoo artists .. For my wife it seems to come down to the money, she may get more later, as the finances become available
    ."

    Significantly, mygraine says: So the thought of Christian women with tattoos is just how it is. Not 'whether' or 'if I think they ought to', or 'recommend', or whatever. The plain fact is that many Christian women do get tattoos. (Indeed, 18 is often the age when young people go for their first tatt.) That being said, having a faith based tatt has been proven to be effective to get into conversations about faith with people.

    So it's not what I might prefer, or anything like this: but it's about plain realities and about what is effective.

    Blessings.
     
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