What does the Bible say about tattoos or body piercings?


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What does the children of the LORD in Deut 14:1 mean?

The whole life of the Israelites was regulated by this principle:You are the children of the Lord your God (Deut. 14:1; Ps. 87:6). God says He birthed Israel (Deut. 32:18). Isaac is spoken of as being born "after the Spirit" (Gal. 4:28- 29). They were children of God by the new birth in the same sense that men are born again today, which is by adoption (Rom. 8:15; 9:4; Gal. 4:5; Eph. 1:4).

Commands for the children of God NOT to practice following pagan practices:

1. Cutting to offer blood
Don't cut your flesh in worship to any god. It was the custom among Canaanite nations to cut the flesh to express sincerity in idolatrous worship prayer (1Ki. 18: 28). More often this was done for the dead to help wash away sins (Lev. 19: 28; 21: 5).

2. Shaving off head
Don't shave between your eyes for the dead. It was a custom in some nations to cut the hair and consecrate it to the gods; others cut the hair a certain way in mourning for the dead.

3. Cutting flesh
Many peoples were very violent both in the mourning and worship of idols, tearing the hair, scratching and cutting the flesh (Dt. 14:1; Jer. 48:37).

4. Tattoo
Connected with superstition, tattooing was practiced in various pagan nations from the earliest times, as well as markings with paint and cutting the flesh. Any disfiguration of the body was an outrage to God and an insult to Him who designed the body.

5. Widow- burning
In India, if the husband died, they will burn body of the wife as a sacrifice to their idol God out of violence. It is forbidden to kill or murder in Christianity.

6. Vampirism
Another satanic cult practice that is most readily identified with Vampirism is blood drinking and blood letting. A group of members who imbibe blood are referred to as a "feeding circle" and, as opposed to media depictions, rarely bite each other on the neck but usually use razor blades to make cuts into each other’s bodies and suck the blood from those cuts. It is often engaged in publicly at nightclubs, private havens, and churches to bring bondage & discipline sexual activity, fetishism, and sadomasochism.

7. Extreme Body piercings
Hindu devotees get their pierced all over their body with hooks to carry a furniture called Kavadi for pilgrims to their demonic idol god in India and South East Asia.

8. Tongue piercing - Not studs, but long and sharp needles are used to pierce the tongue. The needles – usually made from wood or steel – can be so long that the tongue is forced to stick out of the mouth permanently, unable to retract. The piercing is common during Hindu festivals where young boys and girls take part in the ritual piercing. The ones who are going to pierce their tongues wear a garland around their necks for a day before the ceremony. The piercing ceremony is usually followed by dancing and merrymaking. These practices are common in countries like India, in southern parts of Asia.

9. Self-flagellation
Muharram is the first month in the Islamic Calendar, and this was the month which marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala, when Imam Hussein ibn Ali was killed, followed by 72 warriors who were killed over the next ten days. Muslims in India, and also other countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh, mourn this event by flogging their naked bodies with a bunch of chains known as ‘Matam’. Sometimes, these Matams also contain razor blades or knives.

10. Body suspension entails "hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body." It is one form of body modification, which includes tattooing, piercing, scarification, gauging (expanding holes in the earlobes to acommodate increasingly larger rings), subdermal implantation (insertion of objects under the skin such as beads, crosses and horns), nipple and tongue splitting, body branding, ear-shaping...breast implantation, hair replacement and bodybuilding

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