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Tattoos and gauges on guys?

Hey, guys I just found this forum and decided to join it, but I was wondering what you guys thought of gauges on guys (or ear pearicings). I am a 18 your old male and was thinking about getting the, but still want to be a strong Christian and good example for my younger family members and friends. What do you think, is it against the Bible or not. I really don't think it is. but wanted to just make sure i had a good strong opinion before getting something so life changing, thanks for your time and thought :).

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I don't like tattoos or gauges, personally. Here's a thought.
[URL]http://www.clarifyingchristianity.com/tattoos.shtml[/URL]

I don't agree with them, and would never have one. While I don't think that God would smite you if you got one (note a bit of facetiousness), I think that you should serve as an example, and tattoos and gauges don't always serve as a good example. That's my personal opinion.

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i was gauging my ears for a bit a few years back but i took them out, cool part is my holes havent closed all the way so i can still put earrings in if i decide to XD

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There's nothing wrong with them. I personally wouldn't get any; I think of the human body, the texture, tone, and look of the skin, as a work of art not needing the addendum of ink or modification. But it's up to you, and as for your witness, if people are judging you by your appearance that's an unfortunate failure on their part, and not something you need to consider.

Alas, because of people's shallow perceptions, you probably would have more trouble getting a job or something if your whole arm is Tattooed, you've got a quarter-sized hole in one ear, and your septum is pierced like a bull. lol

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I like a tat or two on a guy, and I will hopefully be getting my second tat within 6 months. I tried stretching my ears but they're too sensitive for it. I wouldn't mind it on a guy provided it was a 2g or so or smaller, just so when he got older it could go back to "normal".

If people judge your because of the choices you make regarding your body then they're not people that are worth your time. Christianity wise, there is no biblical reasons against either.

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[quote name='parkingwars']I like a tat or two on a guy... I wouldn't mind it on a guy provided it was a 2g or so or smaller, just so when he got older it could go back to "normal".nths.

If people judge your because of the choices you make regarding your body then they're not people that are worth your time. Christianity wise, there is no biblical reasons against either.[/QUOTE]

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Sometimes it's good to fit into a culture. You can witness to them in a way others can't. This can go along with the scripture : "Be in the world but not of it."
This scripture can have different connotations - this being one, in my opinion .

I find that when you like something or do something a certain culture calls their own, you automatically have a reason to speak with someone from that culture about the things you have in common - and from there you can build relationship and then witness Christ to them, if that is your intent.


This is not always true, so attention any young readers, please don't take this out of context." i.e.; let's do lwitchcraft so we can witness to people who particpate in Black Magic" Lol. But what I'm saying is that in certain cases you have more of an opportunity to build relationships, and therefore open doors into people's life's to speak with them about things that will really matter long after the gauges and tattoos are gone, when you are a little more like they are ...

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I've seen very strong Christians who have tattoos and piercings. Some tattoos can really be a statement for Christ, so just be very careful what you get. If it reflects the Lord I think it could do a lot more good than anything. :)

mels

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I [I]personally [/I]wouldn't get tattoos or piercings. (Because I have such a huge fear of pain... and because I think that they are somewhat wrong) But, I do not go around judging people and Christians who have them. All people who have certain opinions regarding certain issues are not all judgmental and not worth people's time. There are many Christians with a tattoo or two who really love God and are on fire for Christ.

The Bible doesn't condemn the practice or encourage it. But it does say: "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD" (Leviticus 19:28) It also says "offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to the Lord - this is your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1) Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by God and we should respect our bodies.

Here's a thought I'll type out from a pamphlet I have about tattoos : "Jews weren't supposed to scar or tattoo their bodies. Though early Christians ignored many Jewish laws, they agreed with the Jews that the human body is God's masterpiece. Christians call it God's temple. Because of this, most Christians today say that wearing a tattoo is a bit like spray-painting graffiti on the walls of the Grand Canyon - to "improve the looks". Or maybe like giving a Rembrandt to a kindergartner with a crayon."

And the same goes for body piercings.

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Sorry, but I find gauges revolting. I don't see why anyone would want to poke a hole in their ear and stretch it to twice it's size. It looks incredibly stupid and ugly, for one, and it looks downright painful.

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[quote name='WahooPunch'] All people who have certain opinions regarding certain issues are not all judgmental and not worth people's time[/quote] Yes, because they are only going out and doing as Jesus said "Go forth and judge others based on their appearances."

[quote]The Bible doesn't condemn the practice or encourage it. But it does say: "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD" (Leviticus 19:28)[/quote] This speaks of an ancient practice of, after someone died, cutting your body and rubbing the burial ashes into your skin. Tattoos as we know them, are a Polynesian word and a pretty modern addition to our language (came from the pirates! Argh!)


And POG, stretching doesn't hurt unless you go too far too fast.

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I think tiny gauges are great if it's possible to go back to normal later on. Tattoo's...eh, I'm sort of undecided. I think anything's good if it's going to still look great 20 years down the line.

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[quote name='parkingwars']Yes, because they are only going out and doing as Jesus said "Go forth and judge others based on their appearances."

[/QUOTE]I try my best not to judge anyone and stay open-minded and accepting. The Bible says: "Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Matthew 7:1). In addition, it says "Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7)... So I don't know where the sarcasm is aimed at. Like I said, not everyone who has a valid opinion is judgmental and not worth people's time...

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Like maybe something along the lines of:
[IMG]http://www.rankmytattoos.com/f/wmimages/tribal-tattoo-11651450399502.jpg[/IMG]
or something along the lines of:
[IMG]http://www.checkoutmyink.com/assets/photos/0102/6678/0425092155b_large.jpg?1241209074[/IMG]

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I prefer the second, but without the actual book/verse specification. It could be an easy conversation starter.

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