Why you must not deface your skin with tattoos


“Uncle, I’m confused.”

“What’s the matter?”

“I’m confused about this portion of the bible.”

“What does it say, oga?

“Leviticus chapter 19 verse 28 says, ‘You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.’

“Why are you confused? The bible verse is very clear.”

“Yes, uncle, I know it is clear but why do so many Christians have tattoos on their bodies these days?”

“Oh, how am I supposed to know? It baffles me the same way it confuses you.”

“Uncle, are they not aware of this portion of the bible?”

“Well, maybe. They could also be claiming that the verse has to do with the old testament, but we now live in the new testament era. I don’t know, but I’m sure many people put up such arguments on similar issues nowadays.”

“You’re right, uncle. I’ve read so many opinions saying that certain things in the bible no longer apply to us. An example is that of payment of tithes. Even when I discussed this same Leviticus 19:28 with a friend yesterday, he said that the instruction was for the Israelites of the olden days and cannot hold any water in our modern life.”


“Yes, uncle. That’s why I’m confused.”

“Does your friend have parents?”

“Of course, he does, uncle.”

“Does he respect them?”

“Ha, Tunde fears his father more than anything, so it goes beyond respect.”

“How come he doesn’t disobey his father or slap his mother?”

“Never.” Tunde can’t do such. He’s a good guy, well brought up in a Christian home.”

“Okay, let’s do a simple test.”

“Alright uncle.”

“What does verse 3 of this same bible chapter say?”

“One minute, let me check. Good. It reads, ‘Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father…’”

“Stop at that point. With what you just told me about your friend, I have a sense that he complies with Leviticus 19:3”

“I believe so, uncle.”

“Why, then, is he not saying to you that verse 3 belongs to the Israelites of old? Why is he finding it difficult to comply with verse 28 but could easily accept verse 3?”

“Honestly, I don’t know.”

“Look, the reason is simple. It is now a common thing these days for people to cherry-pick from the bible. They align with the part that is convenient for them and ignore those ones that seem not to agree with their lifestyle. For those proclaiming the new testament teaching, didn’t Jesus Himself tell us about love?”

“Yes, He did, uncle. The new testament says a lot about love.”

“Is the same love not prescribed by this same old testament Leviticus chapter 19? Check verse 18”

“You’re right, uncle. It says the same thing. Verse 18 reads, ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

“Is that different from what we have in the new testament? Is that not what Jesus takes to be the greatest law of all? Can we then say it only belongs to the people of old and not our age?”

“No sir.”

“Listen to me, aburo, don’t be like them. Try your best to obey what the bible teaches, and not what others are saying or doing. As far as this issue of tattoo is concerned, it appears only once in the bible. It is not mentioned anywhere else, so there is no argument about it.”

“I agree, uncle.”

“The last verse of this chapter also says, ‘Therefore you shall observe all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them: I am the Lord.’ I know it is very difficult to do so in this our digital age but do your best and the good Lord will help you.”

“Amen! Thanks uncle, I’m inspired.”

“God bless you.”

“Amen! God bless you too, sir.

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