My Temple of God

When referring to Scripture most people bring up verse twenty eight from chapter nineteen of Leviticus to rebuttal tattoos making them a sinful act. But when one digs deeper into this Levitical hole you find that this refers to a practice to mutilate your body with cuts or to make memorials on your body for a dead loved one and it seems to me that that is what this verse is shunning by saying you shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves. What I get from this verse is that God does not want us to mourn for the dead for they are with him, rather we should celebrate their promotion to glory.

Looking further on the subject you find it also common practice to mutilate one’s body in worship of the false god Baal and this is an obvious breech of the First Commandment. Now if one decorates there body in worship and declaration of the true God is that a sin? First Corinthians 6:19 seems to shed some light on this saying: Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself. At first glance we read this thinking it to goes against the support of tattooing one’s self but continuing into verse 20 things get a little more interesting. It says that God bought us at a high price and because of this we must HONOR GOD WITH OUR BODIES. Now I can see getting a certain tattoo as a sin, maybe one that is sacrilegious, but one that truly honors God? Now that is the question.

In 2nd Chronicles Chapter three we find Solomon Building the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. Reading along into verse five and continuing through verse seven it reads that he paneled the main room of the Temple with cypress wood, overlaid it with fine gold, and decorated it with carvings of palm trees and chains. He decorated the walls of the Temple with beautiful jewels and with gold from the land of Parvaim.  He overlaid the beams, thresholds, walls, and doors throughout the Temple with gold, and he carved figures of cherubim on the walls. If Solomon decorated his temple in a way which he found to glorify God can I not decorate the walls of my temple as well? I will continue in this series going further into the depth of the exterior design of my temple in the links below.

A Sheep in Wolves Clothing

Marching as to War

A Fathered Brotherhood

Arms Wide Open

The Vigor Tree

Death Thereafter

Indeplorable

Loose Change

Peach Creek

References

https://sunandshield.wordpress.com/2008/02/28/a-biblical-view-on-self-mutilation-or-cutting/

7 thoughts on “My Temple of God

  1. There were some good articles written a few years ago about Tattoos and the Biblical response. I am trying to locate them and may be able to put there here under comments. Also, there is a FB group Called Salvation Army Tattoos and it is awesome! Here is the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/122557336769/
    I also love a discussion i had with a young man who said his ear piercing stood for him being a “bond slave” of Jesus Christ. In the Bible days a slave was free to go in the year of jubilee, there were other times that a master would also decide to set their slave free but if the master was good and the slave wanted to stay he would pierce his ear; put his ear against a door post and pierce it as a sign that they were free to go but choose to stay. There are several songs about it. “Pierce My Ear Lord” is one of them. Here is another one by Audio Adrenaline:

  2. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
    Romans 12:1 NIV
    http://bible.com/111/rom.12.1.NIV

    The Msg. Version is good too…
    So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
    Romans 12:1-2 MSG
    http://bible.com/97/rom.12.1-2.MSG

  3. This was his most recent tat. He did not get to doing a blog post on but we may find notes in one of his hand written journals with background but also his mom mentioned it in his obituary, which will be read at the funeral Wednesday 2pm Clearwater Salvation Army.

    After the funeral I’ll be adding what I can to his blog and to mine.

    An artist truly does live on through their art and the art work Alexx wore still says so much.

    Full display of pic. It is the dove from Noah’s Ark & reads, “Come Hell or High water” and is a declaration that his destiny and final destination is heaven no mater what what hell on earth nor floods take place.

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