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Body Decoration Or Tattooing—the Need For Reasonableness by gideonjeta(m): 3:38pm On Aug 14, 2022
Many men and women especially youths had undergone difficult, even dangerous, procedures in order to alter their natural appearance. Radical forms of body decoration had gained ground. Extensive piercing of body parts—including nipples, noses, tongues, and even genitals—is popular. Is there anything the Bible say about this practice?
Tattooing, piercing, and cutting existed in Bible times. They were most often practiced by pagan nations in connection with their religion. Understandably, Jehovah forbade his people, the Jews, to imitate those pagans as stated in Leviticus 19:28 which says "You must not make cuts in your flesh for a dead person, and you must not make tattoo markings on yourselves. I am Jehovah."
Christians today are not under the Mosaic Law, but it sets out certain principles that Christians must consider before deciding whether to practice body decoration or not. Christians are not completely free to do whatever they like including body decoration because they are still servants of God (1 Peter 2:16.)
An individual who wants to make God happy recognizes that becoming a Christian involves the offering of oneself to God. Our bodies are living sacrifices presented to God for his use. (Romans 12:1) Hence, a Christian do not view his/her body as an exclusive property to be damaged or defaced at will. When this is done, they can let their reasonableness shine before all men.—Philippians 4:5.

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