It sounds like you have a very arbitrary way of deciding what laws you do and do not follow.
Do you follow all the OT laws or not? If not, why?I'll jump on your question, but condensed. Plz don't contort.
I do not follow all the OT laws because many of them were overwritten. Such as putting to death people for various sins.
I respect OT laws. I try to follow what I can follow.
The tattoo thing is simple.
Food seems like a gray area because we do hold certain foods as unclean -> like we don't want to eat a rat burger. Some may see pork this way. It's a gray area with gentiles because cultures will hold certain things as clean or unclean. Like dog steaks here would be terrible. Cow steaks in India would be taboo... etc.
But for tattoos, it's a very purposeful act. You have to GO OUT OF YOUR WAY to get one. Here in America, you typically would have to go to a tattoo parlor, pick out what you want or show a drawing, then go through the process & pay for it. It's not like you just "happened upon it". God told us not to get them in the OT. While some people still do get them obviously they through Christ can achieve salvation.
Let me ask:: Do you LOVE God? I mean really love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul? I think we can follow the basis of OT law through the love of God. I can't imagine in the OT God forbidding tattoos and in the NT your body is called "the temple of the Holy Spirit" and God wanting you to get tattoos.
It amazes me how many tattoo parlors are near bars, night clubs, liquor stores, and in shady areas of town. (just an observation)
That's why I asked.
I can understand why it sounds that way. Text and forums don't explain enough and it's too long winded (or typed).
The OT law we do not have to follow for Salvation. This is clear.
The OT law was called good and just in the NT. This is also clearly written.
There are clearly OVERWRITTEN OT laws by God through his son Jesus Christ.
The law is a good thing to follow, such as the 10 commandments.
When God tells us not to put tattoo marks on our body in the Law, that was law. The New Covenant (Jesus) case to FULFILL the law. Some things were overwritten. Some things seem like gray areas such as Romans 14:14.
Nothing in the NT talked directly about tattoos. But do you really think God wants you to have one?
See you are seeing my viewpoint incorrectly. Spiritually speaking, I would not get one because I would think God doesn't want me to based on his first law and because he called my body the temple of the Holy Spirit. I would not get one for the love of God and respect. Referencing that part of his law. On a personal level, I would not get one because I do not personally like them and it would seem funky to not be able to wash something that was printed on/in my body off.