Tattoos have been around since ancient times and have evolved tremendously over the years. As we know it, body art and tattoos are a way many people express themselves and create their identity. Tattoos can be viewed as negligence to the body or just simply people expressing their feelings or past recognition on their skin. Although people do have freedom to ink their body as they’d like, people also oppose their own perspective of tattooing the body.
Tattoos may cause people to make preconceived notions about their owners’ intelligence, personality, or morality, and therefore may prevent those people from holding jobs, making friends, or participating in other social activities. There are many different religious perspectives on this subject matter, Christian may believe tattoos are harmful to the body, Mayans onced believe tattoos were a form of expressing their God and lastly Atheist claim
1 Christian perspective
2 Mayan perspective
3 Atheist Perspective
Christianity is a belief that mankind needs a savoir and those who receive christ as their savior turn that into a daily lifestyle . Many interpret christianity as a religion when in fact it’s far from a religion , it is indeed a way to live and there are no outside beliefs from the bible that christians live by. Do Christians believe Body art is a sin when done for personal reflection? As a christian everything you do, you do to glorify God. Therefore when body art or tattooing is done for pride or recognition, that’s when it becomes wrong corrupt. In an article the rhetorical questions are asked, Am I seeking to glorify God or draw attention to myself?..Will my tattoo cause someone who is weak in the faith to stumble?” (Scott). These questions are the main wonders when it comes to getting a tattoos in christian eyes. Pastor of Christ Healing Community Church exclaims, Tattoos take away the beauty that God has created” he also goes onto say, Although people do get tattoos, if you have one it doesn’t mean you don’t love God or will keep you away from relationship with him. You should find your identity in Christ rather than in a tattoo.
The Mayan race started around 2600 BC, located on the southern tip of North America in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Mayans were extremely artistic and spiritual people. They were also known for their incredible body modifications, including tattooing. Body art played a vast role in the Mesoamericans religion. Mayan tattoos depicted symbols of the gods, power animals and spiritual symbols to express harmony and balance or the power of night or day. Mayans were able to convey their feelings toward their God and beliefs in their tattoos and body art.The Mayans were a deeply spiritual race. They created hundreds of symbols to express spiritual ideas and beliefs, such as the balance of life and the magic of the gods(Nessworthy) In other words, tattooing is normal to a Mayan and is where their identity is found.
Atheist are encountered as non believers of God . Most people make the assumption that atheist worship the devil, although some do it’s not the focus.