Tattoos - The Snare Of Idolatry

FOCUS YOUR MIND ON GOD

CLEVELAND -- Caron Butler whispered in LeBron James' ear, one last word in case the Washington Wizards' season was about to end.

With only a few ticks of the clock left, desperate times called for desperate measures.

"I was messing with LeBron before the play started," Butler said. "I told him, 'Miss this shot, make it interesting and let's take this thing back to D.C."'

Seconds later, the Wizards were on their way home -- for Game 6.

"He told me to miss the shot so we would go back to D.C.," James said. "There it was."

James, who has withstood body blows throughout the series, felt he was fouled on his final shot but didn't make excuses.

"I thought it was going to go in," he said. "It just didn't fall."

April 30, 2008 CBSSports.com wire reports

TATTOOS. . . YE WORSHIP YE KNOW NOT WHAT

Throughout history the tattoo bears the mark of paganism, demonism, Baal worship, shamanism, mysticism, heathenism, cannibalism and just about every other pagan belief known. The tattoo has NEVER been associated with Bible Believing Christians.

The following documentation is from pro-tattoo books simply documenting the obvious spiritual and religious link to the tattoo. These are not Christian writers trying to paint a negative portrait of the tattoo. 

The foundation, origin, meaning and purpose of the tattoo is pagan demonism, shamanism, Baal worship, and occult mysticism.

A tattooist in many cultures is also a shaman, magic-man, priest or priestess. According to the dictionary a shaman is an "intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces, etc." (www.infoplease.com/ipd/A0648969.html)

"Tattooing is often a magical rite in the more traditional cultures, and the tattooist is respected as a priest or shaman.“ (Michelle Delio, Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration, p. 73)

"In Fiji, Fromosa, New Zealand and in certain of the North American Indian tribes, tattooing was regarded as a religious ceremony, and performed by priests or priestesses."  (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 64)

"The actual tattooing process, which involved complex ritual and taboos, could only be done by priests and was associated with beliefs which were secrets known only to members of the priestly caste. . . Hambly concluded that historically tattooing had originated in connection with ancient rites of scarification and bloodletting which were associated with religious practices intended to put the human soul in harmony with supernatural forces and ensure continuity between this life and the next." (Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 158)

Famous witch and author Laurie Cabot writes of the tattoo: "The origins of tattooing came from ancient magical practices. . . “(Laurie Cabot, Power of the Witch, cited in Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated by Dr. Cathy Burns, p. 301)

"These marks [tattoos] are believed to be associated with the worship of the sun-goddess Neith“(Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 24)

"Be that as it may, primitive tribes were certainly convinced that the spirit, having escaped from the body at death, retained a replica of its earthly tenement. They therefore used tattoo marks as a means of identification in the next world and a passport to future happiness. “(Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 63)

"In fact tattooing is much more likely, in view of its subsequent development, to have had a mystical significance, or to have been used as a status symbol, the red ochre (ink) carrying an association with blood and life.“ (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 22)

[Tattooing] "In association with sun-worship, megalithic building, ear-piercing, serpent worship . . . “   (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 22).

"Tattooing is about personalizing the body, making it a true home and fit temple for the spirit that dwells inside it. . . Tattooing therefore, is a way of keeping the spiritual and material needs of my body in balance. “(Michelle Delio, Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration, p. 8).

"Yet the worship of the sun-god Baal had involved the marking of the hands [tattoos] with the divine token in a mystic attempt to acquire strength. “ (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 64)

According to survey and statistics, Scutt lists the reasons why people get a tattoo and the number two reason – "to secure a place in heaven".

“Reasons for getting a tattoo:

(2) To secure a place in heaven.

(5) To propitiate malignant spirits at time of death.

(6) To acquire special characteristics through totemism and ancestor worship.

(9) To make the body sexually interesting. “ (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 13)

 

IN TODAY’S CIVILIZED SOCIETY

Somebody says, "Sure that was back in the dark ages. That was in heathen lands. Today that has all changed. Nobody connects any kind of ritualistic or pagan spiritual rituals to a tattoo. “

Yes. . . They do!

"These tattoos act as protective and empowering talismans for the wearer. There are even some body artists who perform ritual tattoos, piercing, brandings and cuttings. They may suggest you consult your astrological chart to pick the right time to get your body art. They will burn incense, light candles, . . ." (Jean-Chris Miller, The Body Art Book: A Complete, Illustrated Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications, p. 29)

"Some tattooists in the West are experimenting with ritual tattooing. This method of working incorporates doing a ritual to create a sacred space in the area where the tattoo is positioned. Often incense is burned and the gods invited to bless the proceedings.“ (Michelle Delio, Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration, p. 75)

"Death and darkness have always been a classic tattoo theme – skulls, snakes, demons, spiders and spiderwebs are all conventional tattoo imagery. Darkside tattooing takes our fascination with mortality, death, isolation, fear and evil to new levels. “ (Jean-Chris Miller, The Body Art Book : A Complete, Illustrated Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications, p. 56)

According to authors Henry Ferguson and Lynn Procter of The Art of the Tattoo, the most popular tattooed image of today is – "the all-pervasive grinning skull!“

 

SYMBOLS & MEANINGS

Symbol of eternal life. The gods are often seen holding an ankh to someone's lips, this is considered to be an offering of "The Breath of Life". The breath you will need in the afterlife.

The tattoo of the ankh belongs to Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls. Notice the many tattoos on the left arm and right shoulder.

Tupac Shakur with tattoos on both arms

Princess Stephanie with tattoo of sun face on wrist

Christian (so called) temporary tattoos

 

MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28

1Cr 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1Cr 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

"Tattooing is about personalizing the body, making it a true home and fit temple for the spirit that dwells inside it. . . Tattooing therefore, is a way of keeping the spiritual and material needs of my body in balance. “ (Michelle Delio, Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration, p. 8).

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen. 1:26, 27

Gen 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the Breath of life; and man became a living soul.

YOUR IMAGE - A REFLECTION OF WORSHIP

Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Luke 4:5  And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

Luke 4:6  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

Luke 4:7  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward hungry.

Mat 4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

1Co 10:14  Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Col 3:4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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      "Tattooing is about personalizing the body, making it a true home and fit temple for the spirit that dwells inside it. . . Tattooing therefore, is a way of keeping the spiritual and material needs of my body in balance. “ (Michelle Delio, Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration, p. 8).

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