There has been a really huge rise in the demand for faith related body art and scripture tattoos in particular have grown in popularity in recent years, however this is still a controversial subject for many Christians. Scripture TattoosIn biblical times, the art of tattooing was associated with pagans so many have interpreted the book of Leviticus verse 19:28 as God’s way of prohibiting tattooing. This states: “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD,” however the meaning behind it has caused dispute among scholars for centuries. Some believe it referred to the practices of paganism and warned against following ‘false gods’ while others deem that it relates solely to marking the dead and not the living. The general belief among many Christians is that our bodies are on loan from God, i.e. ‘my body is a temple’, and therefore defiling it in anyway, including tattooing, is indeed sinful.

In our modern society, tattooing is part of our everyday life, more so overall than the church is sadly and that is why many young Christians are drawn to body art that allows them to express their faith and choose to be tattooed in homage to their beliefs. Most of the scripture tattoos provide uplifting and inspirational messages of love, peace and faith so it is difficult to imagine in today’s world how these could be deemed offensive. In fact, designs of this nature are just as popular with non-Christians of all ages as they are with devote followers of Christianity and many choose them for their message or just for their sheer beauty. Popular phrases extracted from biblical verses for scripture tattoos include the likes of:

  • Fear ends where faith begins.
  • Love rose, spirit flamed, word spread, God remained.
  • Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re holding on to.
  • The Lord will either calm your storm…or allow it to rage while He calms you.
  • Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light

Scripture TattoosThe examples above are not overly long and are therefore suited to smaller or medium sized scripture tattoos but if you want the whole chapter and verse so to speak you will need a larger canvas of skin such as the back or rib cage to do it justice. The problem with these ‘written’ tattoo designs is that the lettering has to be carefully inked on the skin and shrinking letters to fit the area chosen may result in distortion or smudging. If the letters cant be read, then this would be a disaster as you could be left with a meaningless blob which will be costly and painful to remove.

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