For devotees of the faith, the Bible includes a series of precepts that must be taken strictly, since it is considered that any action that moves away from its lines is a way of approaching sin. However, beyond this dogmatic and closed vision, other ways of interpreting the Bible arise , which do not condemn those believers who worship God in a non-rigorous way.
For the strictest faithful, the Old Testament includes a series of moral obligations and prohibitions that cannot be skipped . How do you try to fit some biblical precepts with customs that are increasingly socially rooted
? For example: what happens with the practice of tattooing the body?
What does the Bible say about tattoos
? Is it a sin to do it?

The fashion of tattoos and what the Bible says
Tattooing or piercing the body has become a common practice that is gaining more and more momentum. Years ago, getting a tattoo was seen as a lower-class custom and used to have negative connotations associated with it, many of which still persist today; despite the fact that getting tattoos has become extremely popular.
However, we can dare to assume that a large part of the people we usually see tattooed are either not religious (religion is an issue that young people increasingly distance themselves from); or, if so,Some of the Bible verses that directly allude to getting tattoos, piercings or other markings on the body are not taken literally, nor are they considered sinful.

Passages of the Bible that refer to tattoos
The most recalcitrant religious refer to certain passages contained in some of the books that make up the Bible to argue their opposition to tattoos and consider sinners those people of faith who get tattoos.

These are the most prominent . After each quoted verse, we will try to provide a calm reading about what we understand the Bible says in each quote:

Leviticus (Old Testament)

  • 19:28 : “And you shall not scratch your body for the dead, nor impress any mark on yourselves. I Lord.”
  • 21:5 : “They shall not make a tonsure on their heads, nor shall they shave the edges of their beards, nor shall they cut their flesh.”

How do we interpret it?
It is important to put into context what the Bible means with these passages and the rest of those that make up Leviticus. Apparently, it was common for pagans to make cuts and incisions on their faces and limbs to mourn a deceased. Similarly, lacerating the flesh was considered an offering to pagan deities and spirits of the dead. There were those who even went so far as to amputate their hands and disfigure their faces, as a gift to these deities.
Therefore, sculpting drawings on the flesh itself was a ritual typical of paganism that served to worship the specters of death. In this way, the Bible prohibited the people of Israel from any custom or ritual linked to this cult., in this case the marks on the skin (or “tattoos”, if you prefer), for their heretical connotations.
However, nothing is mentioned about tattoos done for pleasure or as a form of artistic manifestation, as it is currently considered in this fashion. And we do not believe that a Christian who wishes to tattoo would be thinking precisely of inflicting cuts on himself, or disfiguring his skin. In fact, if it were the case, this practice would have another reason for being.