There's just this certainty that God made us unique individuals for us to work with one another and unite as one body of Christ, making the saying "No man is an island" valid. As we look upon diversity deeper, there are different religions, culture and practices formed. Some of the product of diversity/differences are tattooing, social drinking and inside church etiquettes (proper dress attire/behaviour during service).
We have our own different views and convictions regarding the subject matter, in the end there are three things we need to consider:
1.Will this give glory, honour and praise to God?
- So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31)
2. Will this edify, encourage and strengthen others? (Both believers and unbelievers)
- Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God (1 Cor. 10:32)
3. How will this benefit my life as a follower of Christ and as a person? Can we just live without it?
I have the right to do anything, you say--but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything--but not everything is constructive. 1 Cor. 10:23 -Ghay Sagabaen,
I'll be sticking to my principles and learning from the bible and from all of my mentors and leaders, that our BODY is the HOLY TEMPLE. As simple as why would i put piercing and tattoo if it's not needed, and i don't need it. If it can be avoided, why not avoid it? Why would we have to put something that's unnecessary. Why would you stain a body that should be taken care of?. My Body is not mine anyway, it's given to me by God.
My Body must be kept as holy as I can. Because God is Holy. As simple as that.
Biologically-speaking, anything placed inside or outside the body is an antibody... the tendency of our immune system is to desist its presence to bring back equilibrium...hence, the natural system of our body will be ruined especially on the excretion of sweat which is waste. Personally, I don't like tattoos..never would I put some in the future... all because i believe in the sanctity of the human body as God's temple...But no matter what, co-Christians can express freely their devotion to Christ in ways we can’t even decipher... (talking about free will) ... just what they say, that is them, this is us, this is me
I am a conservative Christian.. Though I can influence others to the way I live as a Christian, it's still up to them to follow.. I go for Ghay's argument... as long as it pleases God, go on... because each of us have a different calling/purpose...
In this type of discussion, it matters to determine the motives and the threats. It could be both allowable and avoidable.
Based on Biblical context, culture and beliefs, we could say that tattoo was part of pagan worship and rituals. Regarding alcoholic drinks, there are people in some countries that need volumes of wine to maintain body heat and survive in cold weather.
What drives you to do such things is the big deal. The purpose behind every decision speaks of what is inside your heart, wherein that matters to God. But we need to consider also the practicality at stake that it would be avoidable in instance or chance of being a threat.
Do everything for the Glory of God. That's the very key, to remember that it’s all about God. But never forget, indeed God is passionate for His Glory and the same way He is mindful for you in any means. So why allow something that someday could ruin your life? Just be careful with your motives because it can drive your life.-Ephraim Termulo, iameph.tumblr.com
One thing's for sure----we are different and free to do anything, however, that shouldn't be a ticket for us to abuse our freedom and freewill. Too much love can kill you, always remember that.
Whether you're a Christian or not, what can you say about this matter?