Leviticus 19:28, No tattoos allowed
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.
//Is this verse saying God doesn’t want you to tattoo your body? Many Christians think so, and it does read rather straight-forwardly. But why does God care?
God cares because that’s what Israel’s enemies—the Canaanites—did in their cultic funeral practices. They cut their hair, and lacerated and tattooed their bodies, all in an attempt to ward off the departing spirit by disguising themselves so they wouldn’t be recognized. God’s instruction continues:
You shall not shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard.
But does this have anything to do with today’s time? I suggest this compromise: Go ahead and ink up your biceps, but wear a nametag to the funeral parlor.