Tattoo or not? A Brief Answer
I just have a question about tattoos. I read your section on it and I know that this all true. I am going back and forth trying to figure out what I should do. I have been in prayer about it, but my question is:
Does the bible say in the New Testament that we are not under the laws of Moses anymore? (After Jesus came) not that we can do what we want or that we can "abuse" Jesus’ free gift. But are we? Does the New Testament say that at all?
The answer to the question: "should I get a tattoo?" is a clear fat, without wavering: NO-NO
Based on the fact that this "cow" branding of the skin is FOREVER and that the skin is part of the body which is the temple of the Holy Ghost: "16 ¶ Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are." (1Co 3:16-17) Remembering also that the body is not ours but God's and we are not entitled to defile it, for we have been purchased at a high price, the blood of Christ (Act 20:28).
Regarding the Law, humans develop all sort of rationalisations to sin and finding justifications for doing so.
I guess that this question about the Law is intended to neutralise the clear reference against Tattoo found in: "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD." (Lev 19:28)
BUT The Law is still valid for otherwise on what basis God does judge the people. Under Moses the Law was imposed externally, under Christ the Law is written in our hearts (GRACE), but must be kept in either case, in the former it was imposed whilst in the latter it is kept for the love of Christ:
"If you love me, keep my commandments." (Joh 14:15 )
"You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you." (Joh 15:14)
Being "Under Grace" does not mean we can do all we want including all sorts of sins, BUT that we are enabled by His Grace to walk in His commandments: “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” (Rom 6:15) It is NOT a licence to transgress from His commands as we would.
To note that Jesus justified all His actions by referring to the Old Testament and said, apropos: "For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled." (Mat 5:18) If the Old Testament was valid for Jesus to validate every one of His action and he confirmed that the Law is valid for ALL times till all be fulfilled, and all has NOT been fulfilled as yet, then it seems to me that it also good enough for us. See the Ten Commandments, no one is saying that they are not valid anymore.
These days there is a craze in the world driven by the evil one to damage the temple of God but the Bible is very clear: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1Jo 2:15 )
Much more can be said, but if you truly are Christ's this is sufficient for preventing you from doing such an evil thing, without wavering.
But do ask yourself a serious question: "Why do I want a Tattoo? Maybe to improve on God's work?? Is it for the love of God or to align myself with this evil culture?
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)