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Are tattoos an addiction?

Discussion in 'Addiction & Recovery Forum' started by farouk, Dec 12, 2016.

Is getting tattooed an 'addiction'?

  1. Yes and it's always a bad 'addiciton'.

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  2. Yes, but faith based tattooing can in a sense be healthy in witness

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  3. No

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  4. Not sure

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  1. farouk

    farouk Well-Known Member

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    Okay so are tattoos an addiction, in a manner of speaking?

    And if they are faith based, and lead to witness conversations with ppl, can they be described as healthy addictions?
     
  2. StanJ

    StanJ Lifelong student of God's Word.

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    @farouk
    Haven't seen you around here in a long time but I see you're still kinda hung up on tattoos?
    Anyway good to see you again.
     
  3. farouk

    farouk Well-Known Member

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    Good to see you also.

    So you think hung up? All I can say, so many Christians have them and find faith based ones effective in witness.

    Did you vote in the poll yet? :)
     
  4. StanJ

    StanJ Lifelong student of God's Word.

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    Well maybe not hung up... How about focused?
    I'm sure I have expressed to you before that tattoos are very personal thing and not a whole lot different than wearing short or long hair as far as I'm concerned. Yes faith-based ones can be effective in sharing the good news but their effectiveness is minimal in my opinion. The thing that Christians shouldn't do is condemn others who have them because of some twisted understanding out of Old Testament law.
     
  5. farouk

    farouk Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the comment.

    My wife and I talked to a young lady with the whole of John 3.16 tattooed on her wrist area; it was her favorite Bible verse and mine also, and I'm sure other conversations have arisen because of her willingness to have it done.
     
  6. farouk

    farouk Well-Known Member

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    PS: I saw a quote which seems to show just how widespread ink has become among Christians; I see if I can dig it up.
     
  7. Angelina

    Angelina Prayer Warrior Staff Member Admin

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    I watched this British doco about tattoos and it seems that some folks just like their bodies tattooed whereas some people don't. I'm not sure it it's an addiction although I guess that anything can be an addiction if it consumes your life.

    If you were already tattooed before you become a believer, it makes for interesting conversation but as a believer, I don't think I'd personally get something like John 3:16 permanently marked on my body. I would rather live the scripture rather than wear it. JMHO. :2ztacrk:
     
  8. farouk

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    Angelina, Thanks for your comment. Like for example, it's not unusual for ppl to have tattoos before they are converted - in fact, it's extremely widespread. Sometimes the tattoo relates design-wise to the past life before conversion. For example, a woman with the name of an ex-bf (e.g., 'Bill') tattooed on her skin, might strongly wish to have the tattoo changed to something like 'Bible' instead, so that this past association literally out of sight and so that present faith is reflected (added to the fact that removal altogether can be difficult, costly and can leave the skin looking a mess).

    So maybe getting a past tattoo changed can be understandable for some Christians to want?
     
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  9. farouk

    farouk Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the votes so far, ppl; for those who have not voted in the poll, please vote now! :)
     
  10. farouk

    farouk Well-Known Member

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    PS: Here is the quote I managed to find, FYI:


    QueenCat said:

    Around here (Bible Belt), it is common, especially among evangelical Christians, for the girls under about 40 to have religious tattoos. More do than don't, especially when you get to the under 30 crowd. I hardly know any female at church that is under 30 that does not have a tattoo.



    forums dot thewelltrainedmind dot com
     
  11. farouk

    farouk Well-Known Member

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    PS: Angelina:

    I guess you guys in New Zealand have a particular perspective on this, right? So is it mainly Maori men that get tattooed or women also? Of course, I'm sure that Pakeha women as well as men do it,not necessarily in tribal style though.

    (For Maori, I guess it's less of an addiction than a way of life. Similar comment for Samoans, I reckon.)
     
  12. Stranger

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    My opinion is that tattoos are important to the individual who gets them, to be able to identify. They want to identify with something and be seen as part of that something. It could be culture, race, religion, whatever.

    And I think the large movement today of getting tattoos speaks to the lack of identity people have, but want.

    Stranger
     
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    biotheist New Member

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    We all know (Well should know) that tattoos and cutting, marking the body was strictly forbidden.

    [28] Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord .

    This is in Leviticus 19

    Do we witness with our mouths or with the parts of our bodies?

    Now my question is this

    Did Jesus change his mind, or his fathers mind?
     
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