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Over the past few years we have seen a drastic increase in tattooing. It was once very popular to men in the military to come back home with tattoos. This fad has now become popular with our young people as well. We see tattoos on necks, shoulders, legs, feet, and sometimes faces. A preacher-friend of mine wears a Band-Aid to cover a small tattoo on his arm. Another preacher's wife I know wears a Band-Aid over a tattoo. Both of these got their tattoos before conversion. I also know several preachers who wouldn't dare remove their shirts because of vulgar tattoos on their chests.

People as far back as the ancient Egyptians marked their bodies with tattoos, part of pagan, ritualistic worship.

Leviticus 19:28 says, "Ye shall not make any cutting in your flesh for the dead, nor print and marks upon you: I am the LORD."

In Gen. 4:15 we see, "And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him." No one can tell us for sure what the mark was, but we know from the word, and it's used elsewhere in Scriptures, it has to do with the appearance. Strong's explains it as "a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc." Cain was a rebel son of Adam and Eve that killed his brother Abel in a fit of jealous rage over his rejected offering. God marked him to keep him from being killed after he was cursed and driven out of the garden. V11-14 gives the details of how he was cursed by God. The mark not only preserved him but it pointed him out as a rebel. We can be sure that Cain could not remove the mark and it was ever a reminder of his rebellion against God. Notice some things about tattoos:

  1. They are Scripturally forbidden. Lev. 19:28.
  2. They are symbolic of rebellion. Gen. 4:15.
  3. They are associated with paganism.
  4. On the practical side, the permanence of the tattoo doesn't make it a good choice. Many men have names tattooed on their bodies that would have been forgotten long ago. For the believer, tattoos are neither Scriptural nor wise.

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