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Question: Is it proper for an Orthodox Christian to get a tattoo?
It's fine, nothing wrong with it. - 37 (24.7%)
They can if they want, but I wouldn't. - 22 (14.7%)
Only in some circumstances. - 18 (12%)
I don't think it's proper, no. - 33 (22%)
It is absolutely, positively sinful! - 11 (7.3%)
I'm not sure. - 26 (17.3%)
None of the above. - 3 (2%)
Total Voters: 150

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« Reply #405 on: April 21, 2014, 02:43:58 PM »

Oh James... but the California flag is so goofy.

Seriously. 
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« Reply #406 on: April 21, 2014, 03:42:06 PM »

When I was in high school I wanted to get a huge Master of Puppets album cover tat, but with "RIP CLIFF" rather than the album title. That would have been so sweet rad awesome cool amazing boss  Grin



(Ps. Sorry for the delay, William)
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« Reply #407 on: April 29, 2014, 09:35:17 AM »

Wish I didn't have mine, my whole forearm is covered. My spiritual father has told me it's a sin but I did it before I was Orthodox. We are to be a light for non-Christians and I keep my tattoo covered at all times (even in the summer I wear long sleeve shirts) because I don't want others to fall into the sin of judgement because of something stupid I did in my youth. It's going to be a burden to me to never let anyone see it when I become a monk (God willing). I even asked my spiritual father if I should get it removed with a lazer but he told me "You are going to be worm food, do you want to spend  thousands of dollars on their dinner?"

I want to follow all the commandments of God, and it's clear about not getting tattoos.
That is probably the most awesome quote I have read in quite some time.  Grin
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« Reply #408 on: May 22, 2014, 08:48:07 AM »

There's a traditional form of tattooing done in Croatian Roman Catholic areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  I'm not sure if any Orthodox Christians in that area also did this.  But, the Catholic Slavs did it to try to protect their children from being taken by the Ottoman Muslims to be sent off to Turkey, and the women from being raped by the Ottomans.  And, to show that they were Christian if they were forced to convert to Islam. 

http://folklored.blogspot.com/2012/04/tattooing-of-croatian-women-in-bosnia.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_tattooing_in_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina





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« Reply #409 on: May 25, 2014, 12:17:07 PM »

I have a white tattoo on my wrist.  Just one word "Pray".  It isn't very obvious but it is a constant reminder to myself.  I am coming from a Roman Catholic past and have been corresponding with a Priest in another town. There are no churches where we live.
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« Reply #410 on: November 19, 2014, 02:29:47 PM »

I've been wondering how to proceed with the cross on my left arm, which I'd like to have other similarly religious art with. I'm not really that big on praying hands and depictions of (saintly) people and all that, so I'm most likely just going to incorporate some other crosses, like...



...with some kind of background. I'm sort of locked in to some extent at this point by the size, shape, placement, etc. of the cross I already have.

Got some more done. Still working on it. Making progress. Sort of. Things got messed up as well. Meh. General idea, with more to be added later...

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« Reply #411 on: November 19, 2014, 03:15:18 PM »

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and are not our own to do with as we please. It was purchased at a great price, namely the sacrifice of the only begotten Son of God. We are to give glory to God with our bodies. Therefore, when God forbids tattoos or body piercing in the old testament, for us to believe in the trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, then we must consider that it doesn't matter what year in modern times this is to God. Times may change and people may change, but to God the Father, Son Or Holy Spirit....He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Leviticus 19:28 states this plainly.
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« Reply #412 on: November 19, 2014, 03:17:01 PM »

There's a traditional form of tattooing done in Croatian Roman Catholic areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  I'm not sure if any Orthodox Christians in that area also did this.  But, the Catholic Slavs did it to try to protect their children from being taken by the Ottoman Muslims to be sent off to Turkey, and the women from being raped by the Ottomans.  And, to show that they were Christian if they were forced to convert to Islam. 

http://folklored.blogspot.com/2012/04/tattooing-of-croatian-women-in-bosnia.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_tattooing_in_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina







They should never be forced to convert to Islam, as they should not convert.  I know its easy to say, but a tattoo would not "keep them Christian".  Their confession of faith be in pain or death would do this.
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« Reply #413 on: November 19, 2014, 04:12:11 PM »

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and are not our own to do with as we please. It was purchased at a great price, namely the sacrifice of the only begotten Son of God. We are to give glory to God with our bodies. Therefore, when God forbids tattoos or body piercing in the old testament, for us to believe in the trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, then we must consider that it doesn't matter what year in modern times this is to God. Times may change and people may change, but to God the Father, Son Or Holy Spirit....He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Leviticus 19:28 states this plainly.
Good point. That is why I don't wear clothes and shamefully attempt to cover God's temple.
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« Reply #414 on: November 19, 2014, 10:31:10 PM »

I'm planning my next tattoo of the Jesus Prayer in its original language on my left lower arm.
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« Reply #415 on: November 19, 2014, 10:48:49 PM »

So is the consensus of the forum the following -


"God told us not to get tattoos."
"We don't have to listen to God."
"It doesn't matter if its in the bible."
"Tattoos are okay."
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This isn't the EO church I remember.
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« Reply #416 on: November 19, 2014, 10:59:43 PM »

So is the consensus of the forum the following -


"God told us not to get tattoos."
"We don't have to listen to God."
"It doesn't matter if its in the bible."
"Tattoos are okay."
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This isn't the EO church I remember.
I this is more like this:

"Yesh thinks God told us not to get tattoos."
"We don't have to listen to Yesh"
"It isn't actually in the Bible"
"I am more interested in my own self than what someone else puts on their body."
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« Reply #417 on: November 20, 2014, 12:28:26 AM »

I'm planning my next tattoo of the Jesus Prayer in its original language on my left lower arm.

Aramaic?
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