Houston, TX (PRWEB) September 21, 2006
ChristiaNet.com (http://www.christianet.com), the world's largest Christian portal with twelve million monthly page loads, polled 269 participants on the question, "Should Christian's get tattoos?" There was an overwhelming response from 199 people who felt that Christians should not. The general consensus from these seem to agree that since our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and since the Bible says we shouldn't cut or put marks on our bodies, then it would be wrong to do so. One respondent says, "Because our bodies don't belong to us, they belong to God."
One participant comments on the health risks associated with getting tattoos or body piercings, "As a nurse, I think it is a risky thing to do since tattoo artists may use needles more than once and a person could contact Hepatitis or HIV." Many felt that it defiles the body that God made in his image. It is also an indicator that a person who indulges may be trying to draw attention to themselves and as Christians we are representing Christ, not self.
Twenty participants say that it is okay for Christians to get tattoos and body piercings. Some of the comments indicate that if it's done in good taste it is okay. One person wrote, "I don't think there is anything wrong with it unless your own heart condemns you for it." Some responded that it should be up to the individual and that a person who does shouldn't be judged for it. Some people have marks and body piercings because it is a symbol of their culture. The attitude of the one wearing it is what matters. It shouldn't be done because of rebellion or vanity.
Fifty of the people answered that they were unsure about whether or not Christians should do so. Some entertained getting a mark that has a religious theme to show others that they are a believer. Still, many of these participants seem to agree that moderation is what is important and that Christians shouldn't go overboard. One respondent who was unsure said, "I would not condemn anyone who does have one, although a demonic or ungodly mark should be avoided at all costs, as it provides a bad witness." For more information, visit: http://christianblogs.christianet.com/