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.