Alright. None taken. Have a good day.
Under stand that my posts are not ment to judge only to cause one to reflect on choices in life .,its not mine or any body else's place to judge ,Only The Lord sets in that seat ,my son has many from the service and as I said I always wanted a RF with wings and a tilted halo that says Preacher under it .! But what has stopped me was the long term effects in MY soul alone ...The rest is between you and God and yes God will use any thing we Give him ...In love .....Rev
Nowadays I would not make my decisions on what is right or wrong based on what "Christians" "believe" in. There are major errors in most of the churches here in Canada, not to mention the whole world. We need to look to the Holy Scriptures to see what God thinks about things. Ask Him and always seek to glorify Him.Not every Christian has the mind set of not believing in them.
I do not think any of us think that having a tattoo will get you sent to hell. And yes, we will be pure when we do get to Heaven. BUT, in James 1:27 it says, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."I believe in God and I trust in God and I believe even with my tattoo's i'll still get in heaven.
I was going to say, Cote Dawg made no sense at all.
I have my views on Christianity and other people have their own. I guess i'll never be completely a "full Christian" according to some of the thing's you guys have posted because I believe in a lot of thing's that are in today's world. That does not mean I do not believe in the bible at all because I do and it doesn't mean I don't believe in God/Jesus because I do. I just have a different way of thinking then most Christians( and no I don't believe it's a sin to think differently).
Just saying, most of mainline Christians in our country do not "talk" the Bible like these guys do here. The mainline barely even knows what God says in the Bible, and the things they have heard they don't want to apply to their lives. And those that do know the Bible and just "talk" and don't "walk" should hear this.
"Wherefore, lay apart all and filthiness and superfluity* of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.
For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whosoever looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
[h=2]*Clarke's Commentary on James 1:21[/h]All filthiness - Πασαν ῥυπαριαν. This word signifies any impurity that cleaves to the body; but applied to the mind, it implies all impure and unholy affections, such as those spoken of James 1:15, which pollute the soul; in this sense it is used by the best Greek writers.
Superfluity of naughtiness - Περισσειαν κακιας· The overflowing of wickedness. Perhaps there is an allusion here to the part cut off in circumcision, which was the emblem of impure desire; and to lessen that propensity, God, in his mercy, enacted this rite. Put all these evil dispositions aside, for they blind the soul, and render it incapable of receiving any good, even from that ingrafted word of God which otherwise would have saved their souls.
The ingrafted word - That doctrine which has already been planted among you, which has brought forth fruit in all them that have meekly and humbly received it, and is as powerful to save your souls as the souls of those who have already believed. I think this to be the meaning of εμφυτον λογον, the ingrafted word or doctrine. The seed of life had been sown in the land; many of them had received it to their salvation; others had partially credited it, but not so as to produce in them any saving effects. Besides, they appear to have taken up with other doctrines, from which they had got no salvation; he therefore exhorts them to receive the doctrine of Christ, which would be the means of saving them unto eternal life. And when those who were Jews, and who had been originally planted by God as altogether a right vine, received the faith of the Gospel, it is represented as being ingrafted on that right stock, the pure knowledge of the true God and his holy moral law. This indeed was a good stock on which to implant Christianity. This appears to be what the apostle means by the ingrafted word, which is able to save the soul.
Anyway, I encourage you not to give up on learning what God wants from you, after all, in the Greek He is refered to as a "tyrant". Do not cling on to some false God you have created in your mind. Saying that you like what He says here, but don't like what He says in some other area.
Hope you stay on Sister,
Love in Christ,
P.S. I preach to myself just as much as I preach to others.
I think majority of tattoos are wrong, its like marking up what God has given you, but I know there is Christian Punk/Metal fans and bands who tattoo within Christ themes and I think that'd be okay because your worshipping him so I think it all depends on what u want it of.