posted on May, 24 2006 @ 01:38 PM
I know years ago (20 maybe?) my Mom gave me one of those new "Living Bibles" where it's written so idiots can understand (gee thanks, Mom). Anyway,
I know that book changes some terminology, updating it so the common modern man can understand it. I could swear I remember reading a section that
talked about towards the last days many people would be tattooed and covered with body piercings (it also talked about how the seasons would start to
blur into one another, but that's another topic of discussion). It just seems like more and more people are becoming tattooed and pierced nowadays.
Too be honest, I think tattoos are very ugly (my opinion). There's nothing worse than a beautiful building with graffitti sprayed all over the
outside. The same applies for a human being covered in tattoos. As an artist, I tire of art. Every few years I take my wall painting/drawings down and
have to put something new up. I'd be the same with a tattoo. I'd get sick of it......so, I would never permanently ink my skin for fear of
regretting it. Also, there is nothing more disgusting then wrinkly, old, tattooed flesh. Yuck!
I have a pierced ear that I got about 20 years back (before it became a huge trend). No more piercings for me. Why? It would just feel wrong at this
point, and I'd feel like a follower and a conformist (ironic because most people getting tattooed feel they are being non-conformist). My youth was
spent rebelling with drugs/alcohol and rock and roll.....so I'm no angel at all. But, I just don't get this tattoo/body piercing thing. I don't
like pain at all (and both procedures are painful). So, why is everyone clamouring to this trend? Everybody and their brother is getting tattooed!
Also, many of these people get creepy, demonic tattoos (demons, skulls, snakes, etc). Not all, but very many. I see tattooing/piercing as a sign of
decadence. Embracing primitive ways....going backward. I know it's been around forever, but it's prevalence in modern society has increased ten fold
over the last 10 years.
The Bible warns us against cuttings in our flesh in Leviticus 19:28 which says, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print
any marks upon you: I am the Lord."
It is repulsive to see someone deform the body that the Lord made in perfection. The Lord admonishes us in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20,
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought
with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
If we are to glorify God in our bodies, how do body piercings glorify Christ?
Is body piercing about rebellion, self-mutilation, conforming to others, vanity, disobedience?
Because if it we're in trouble....
Are we living in a day that the Bible speaks of in 2 Timothy 3:1-5:
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Do most people today not believe their body is the temple of God. Bottom line in regard to body piercings would be to ask the popular youth slogan,
"What Would Jesus Do?" I don't believe we will ever see Jesus with any body piercings that He placed on Himself. I can't imagine Jesus with a
tongue ring or a navel piercing. The only scars on His body are the nail pierced hands and feet put there by the evil men that crucified Him. They
were not self inflicted.
Sorry, if I rambled, but I'm on lunch break and tried to get this thought out as fast as possible.