Wives are a gift from God!
What a privilege to be married. Men needed help and God sent a helpmate as a gift, for companionship, and as a reward:
Enjoy life with the woman you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life, and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun. —Ecclesiastes 9:9
. . . a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. —Proverbs 31:30
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband. —Proverbs 12:4
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. —Proverbs 31:9
. . . a prudent wife is from the Lord. —Proverbs 19:14
I have a close friend who I thought was a Christian. She just got a tattoo that says “Jesus Loves Me” on her right arm. I tried to tell her that tattoos were forbidden by God, but she wouldn’t listen. She says I’m legalistic. Doesn’t the Bible say somewhere that it is wrong to receive a mark?
The Bible says there will come a time when Satan will demand the world receive his mark on their right hand or forehead before they can buy or sell.
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. —Revelation 13:16-17
Anyone who takes the mark will be eventually cast into hell—no questions asked.
And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name. —Revelation 14:11
But this happens post-Rapture and should be of no concern to believers today. When believers get to heaven and have new bodies, they will have God’s mark on their foreheads.
they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. —Revelation 22:4
The verse you may be referring to is from the Old Testament, Leviticus 19:28:
You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead, nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.
See also Leviticus 21:5.
But you would have a problem using this verse to justify not having tattoos as it was part of the law and in a different dispensation, or time period—we are living in the Church Age.
If you tried to make it part of what Christians should abide with today, then you have other laws to implement also:
- stoning to death rebellious children
So the elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him —Deuteronomy 22:18
- stoning to death those caught in adultery
If a man is found lying with a married woman, then both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel. —Deuteronomy 22:22
- not eating pork
and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you. —Leviticus 11:7
However, it is possible that someone could be in sin by tattooing themselves out of rebellion to God-given authority, but then the sin would be rebellion, not the tattoo itself. The tattoo is merely a symptom of a deeper problem.
So, if you don’t want to be tattooed, that’s your choice (and we think a sensible choice), but you can’t tell her the Bible says it’s wrong. Therefore your friend is correct—that indeed would be legalism.
I have a suggestion for the lady who continually has to sign up for the GMLs. If you add the GML’s address to your contacts, your computer will recognize it as a friend and not spam.
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