What does it mean that "you shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead"?


Leviticus 19:28

NKJV - 28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.

Clarify (3) Share Report Asked September 17 2013 Mini Olga Camarillo

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2013 09 15 08 57 49 546 Dorcas Sitali Miss Dorcas sitali
cutting oneself with marks for the dead or tattoos is forbidden because people who usually do these things expose and enter into wrong covenants without knowing it through ignorance. if you cut yourself for the dead you enter into covenant with the dead or with death entailing unusual deaths occurring in your family. With tattoos it is the same, people ignorantly mark themselves with snakes some butterflies  harmless as a butterfly  is. you enslave yourself to wrong spirits through covenanting with them through such practices. Jesus never said if you love me get a tattoo He said obey my commandments lev 19:28 is a command from God to be obeyed we are not wiser than God if He says don't then don't.
In revelation we see the mark of the beast showing us we ought to be careful with these tattoos. you never know what they mean spiritually. i advice people who before knowing the Lord tattoo or cut themselves for something to disconnect themselves from these things through prayer or undergo deliverance.

September 19 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Eced7a1f c81d 42f4 95ea 9d5719dce241 Singapore Moses Messenger of God, CEO in IT industry, Astronaut, Scientist
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.

July 10 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini JOHN PERRY 15 year missionary taught Apologetics college level
So is getting a tattoo considered a sin if it's not about the dead. I think this one needs some consideration. My lovely Christian daughter has a beautiful dove tattoo to signify Her love for Christ. Bond servants for Christ in His time had ear's pierced to represent their devotion to Him. He never condemned them for that. Paul had one I do believe.

September 18 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

1340324413 Chris Eleam Chris Eleam
God’s Law specifically forbade the making of cuttings upon the flesh for the dead. (Le 19:28; 21:5; De 14:1) The reason for this was that Israel was a holy people to Jehovah, a special property. (De 14:2) As such, Israel was to remain free from all idolatrous practices. Then, too, such extreme displays of mourning accompanied by self-inflicted lacerations upon the flesh were most inappropriate for a people who were fully aware of the actual condition of the dead as well as the resurrection hope. (Da 12:13; Heb 11:19) Also, the prohibition against self-mutilation would have impressed upon the Israelites proper respect for God’s creation, the human body

September 18 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Lola Drake
Tattoos in the Bible were done by pagans. We don't want to be identified with pagans so we should not tattoo or cut ourselves. This again was to honor other Gods and spirits not the one true God, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

December 11 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Duane Brayshaw
Gods word is his word yesterday today and forever Jesus he is who he say he is never mind the law just obey the word

September 18 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Stringio Ubong Akang
Naturally, cutting the flesh releases blood. And Blood represents life. The Lord is the final sacrifice...any who sheds blood in any fashion just to please the "dead" I.e the world or to belong to the world and be accepted by the world does so in disobedience to God. We are to be living sacrifices. Holy and acceptable. Most of these things our youths do is just to identify with the world around(the dead) them and it's a real shame. Our youths can't stand the narrow path that leads to eternal life. They are forcing themselves to commit fornication with the world

December 15 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Lopers Gang
That verse was Israel's law, and those (cutting for the dead) were practices of rival nations. That law doesn't apply to Christians today.

But God did say it, in a way for looking out for us, cause we might not know what a certain tattoo symbolizes and might accidentally enslaving ourselves to an evil presence.

November 21 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Jess Sides
We are no longer under the law of Leviticus Are we?

September 18 2013 8 responses Vote Up Share Report

Joel 2 Joel Steinhauser
Jewish theological (Orthodox/Conservative) tradition prohibits the practice of tattooing for any reason. It was never a question of motivation but whether the mark was indelible or not.

Christians often justify themselves by misinterpreting the term "under law" claiming they are not under law, therefore free to practice what the Torah forbids. However the liberty we have as believers does not give license to break his commandments. We are not "under law" simply means we are not under the judgment /condemnation or tyranny of the law. That is, we we are not condemned to separation or the extreme of execution as was Israel under the Old Covenant. Today, the adulterer won't be stoned for his crime, but it is still a sin against G-d and man. Through the grace of G-d there is forgiveness. 

I believe there is the permissive will of G-d and the perfect will, just as there is with divorce. It is G-d's perfect will for one to remain married; but because of the hardness of man's heart he allows divorce. "Jesus replied, ‘Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended.’” (Matthew 19:8) I believe this principle can be applied to tattoos as well.

November 05 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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