The Beauty and the Beast of Tattoos
Did I say tattoos? That is seriously old-fashioned. Well, body art is the better expression in the 21st Century, a phrase that is meant to make tattoos fashionable. That way you won’t associate the act with the 60s and 70s Indie-lifestyle.
Before we perform a little historical examination of “body art” or tattooing, I want to set one or two modern examples of celebrities who are popular with their tattoos. Citing examples of those who have tattoos is not to demonize.
In fact, most people have tattoos or a form of it and don’t even realise it. If you have been circumcised, it is a form of a tattoo, and you must know that before you start condemning others. So, think twice before you point a finger at another person.
This article is very important and probably the most significant I have written in a year!
While not demonizing anyone, I want you to realise that eventually, EVERYONE will carry one form of tattoo or another. But I will be citing well-known and publicly documented examples.
Before I delve into the main subject I would like to make a very important statement. There are two major realms of life – material and spiritual. Between these two realms are all different types of realms that link the two such as psychological, sociological, neurological, chemical and physical.
I am not an expert in any of the fields mentioned above, but common sense does give us an awareness of their existence and the roles they play in the two major realms of life. Take, for example, the use of certain psychedelic drugs or chemicals, it can alter the mental state of a person and make the person hallucinate or appropriately experience the spiritual.
Celebrities and Tattoos
Almost (if not) all celebrities have tattoos on them. We have high profiled examples of Selena Gomez, Lionel Messi, Justin Bieber, and so many loved celebrities. Take, for example, the football legend, David Beckham the English football icon of the past decade. The Mirror recently had a review and reported, “The former footballer, 43, has more than fifty tattoos covering his body from quotes, Biblical text and tributes to his wife Victoria and children.”
The same article went further to say that he has a few biblical text tattoos on his body. One of these, is a “rather lengthy tattoo is thought to be an extract from the Bible. It’s positioned on his right rib cage, and represents David’s spiritual side. Despite all of his religious tattoos, Beckham is not known to practice any faith.” [Emphasis mine]¹
The other person is Laurence Sessou, a Neuromuscular Therapist and artist/model based in London UK who likes scarification. She says in the Afropunk, “The reasons why I chose to modify my body are profound. First of all, it is a map of my spiritual journey, a form of self-expression. The deeper I was exploring my being, the more I felt inspired to decorate my temple… I see it as a celebration of life, body, and spirit.
Scarification vs Tattoo – What is the Difference?
“Scarification is one of the most ancient way of marking our skin, it is a strong statement, I wanted to walk on this modern world honouring my ancestry.”
She continues, “Traditions and rituals of ancient people and tribes are the source of my inspiration, I love the mystical, I love the magic. My grand-father was a Chief and healer, my grand-mothers were shamanic dancers. Animism is the path my ancestors followed; they believed in life and energy in everything, they have a great respect for the Earth. I grew up seeing my mum and dad knelling on the floor and praying to their Altar. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my ancestry, I am very proud of it… It is in my blood. One of my purpose is to make sure their memory is never forgotten.”²
From these two examples, there is no doubt that tattoos have either a subtle or direct spiritual connection. The acceptance or rejection of this truth is immaterial. Marks on the body are spiritual. It is a label for recognition or ownership that transcends the materialistic dimensions.
All in all, we can see that a tattoo has a spiritual significance about it, no matter how innocent, even when it is done in the name of Christ, in the form of a cross or the name of God. Every tattoo draws blood.
Jesus Christ defined the body as a temple and Paul explained further that it is God’s preferred place of abode.
A spiritual being residing in a human being. But He has a spiritual code written that the human will must not be violated. Man must willingly choose to have the spirit entity reside in him.
In Deuteronomy 30:19 God said, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Anyone who truly understands what God is saying in this Scripture will realise it is the basis for the entire Bible (book of knowledge) that we have.
God says, Deuteronomy 30 vs 18, “You shall surely perish”. That word, ‘âbad, means the human body will fall apart, disintegrate, that is, die off.
Scarification, the most visible form of body art, for all its modern term, is not new. It is an ancient practice of tribal marking. In Africa, tribal marks used to be the representation of belonging to a certain community. It is like a signature upon the bearer that such belongs to a community – the community is one with this bearer.
Over time, as the West began to colonise the continent, so did the missionaries, who started educating the locals who then began to refrain from the practice of scarification. Of course, some well-educated families continue in the tradition but are usually frowned upon as being backward.
There are two types: Open and closed (secret) marks or incisions. The open ones are usually referred to as tribal marks while the closed ones are always made in some hideous places – such as underarms, armpits, chest, neck, wrist and all sorts of places that are not easily visible.
A close examination of these tribal marks would make you realise that they are not mere art forms. The marks, usually made on the face and arms were used to identify an individual’s personality, family or tribe without questioning them. You may call this the bearer’s passport.
It is the person’s identification mark within and with his or her community. It goes beyond mere words or ascent. It is a cultural practice that is ingrained in the fabric of society. And these are usually as a result of deity worship that governs a certain community.
As much as the usage of open tribal marks has been eroding yet the secret ones still persist. Why? The closed or secret ones are usually much deeply spiritual than the open ones. The closed ones are the marks of identity with some spiritual entity, usually entrenched in magic and witchcraft.
They represent and signify non-duality or singularity.
Call it tribal marks, open or closed or the modern version surnamed tattoo, they represent the same thing as they all engage in bloodletting. It affects the life of the bearer:
“For the life of all flesh is its blood. Therefore I have told the Israelites, ‘You must not eat the blood of any creature,’ because the life of every creature is its blood; whoever eats it must be cut off.” [Leviticus 17:14]
Satan covets blood, especially human blood, which he always tries to manipulate Man to shed for him.
Blood allows spiritual entities to easily interact with this physical realm. It is the seal of non-duality. That is, the bearer and the spiritual entity are one.
Listen to what Aleister Crowley, the notorious Satanist and a reported advocate of paedophilia said, “But the bloody sacrifice, though more dangerous, is more efficacious; and for nearly all purposes human sacrifice is the best. The truly great Magician will be able to use his own blood, or possibly that of a disciple, and that without sacrificing the physical life irrevocably.” (Magick in Theory and Practice by Aleister Crowley).
What is the implication of what this man said with respect to bloodletting by an individual in the creation of a mark? A fusion. An agreement. A marriage or what we refer to as a covenant. It is the insinuation of singularity.
Tattoos, tribal marks, incisions or scarification is a seal of agreement between an individual and a deity. A seal that allows the bearer to gain access to power, money, and fame. But it equally permits the deity to gain access, and in return use the life as it chooses.
Over time, there is always a demand by the deity involved that the mark-bearer should get deeper or be more committed to the relationship. To meet up with this demand, more blood is shed.
Crowley went on to make further statements such as blood from an innocent male child was of the purest force in magic. Such suggestions, indirectly, is paedophilia, which is an acceptable norm in the dark world. Why would a sane person need the blood of a child?
The violation and pain of the child victim is the celebration or elevation of the person involved in the sacrifice, usually the perpetrator. This is one of the reasons why celebrities and highly-placed people are involved in child sex-rings.
While I do not want to go into the gory and sickening reports of incidents that go on in the dark, I want to expose its subtle appearance as light, which you must know and not get desensitized enough to fall into it nor partake in it ignorantly.
There is nothing worse than a child of God who has been saved and redeemed through the Blood of the Lamb going out to engage his own blood with devils. I can just imagine the pain in God’s heart about the ignorant child who is selling himself away to devils through tattoos and incisions, inviting rebellious spirits to form an alliance of singularity with him.
The devils or deities involved would make more and more difficult demands on their servants. No wonder, some believers have issues in their lives that will not go away and worse still, blaming the Lord for those things. In truth, they are in bed with devils!
What About Christian Tattoo?
Some people say they have a tattoo of Christ on their bodies and that justifies it. No, it doesn’t, it is still a form of disobedience to God because He warns us not to create images of things in heaven as well, that includes the different forms of representing Him. Sorry, it doesn’t make your body look nicer either, it looks uglier.
From the above, you can see that tattoos are spiritual and usually associated with witchcraft as a mark of a covenant. It is usually a representation of what spirit rules in the temple or body. It is a material display of the one who sits on the throne of the soul.
Does the fact that we are in the season of grace nullify Leviticus 19:28? It says, “Never slash your body to mourn the dead, and never get a tattoo. I am the LORD.”
If you claim it is God who sits on the throne of your soul, then the second commandment tells us that you cannot represent Him with anything!
Some would want to justify it as a display of commitment to Christ. I very much doubt that because I see tattooing as a form of self-worship. Yes, it makes you feel “cool” with yourself. Just as having a wedding ring on your finger does not stop you from adultery so neither would tattooing your body makes you more committed to Christ.
An Imperfect God?
In a way, personally, I also see it as an insult to God. It is like saying God, you made a mistake by omitting body-art on me, so I will do the job myself. Accusing God of being imperfect.
One question is – if you engage in tattooing would that make your relationship with God get better? If you answer yes, then to what extent? When all your body is covered with ink, does that mean there is no more space for further development in Christ?
“Tattooing is a form of self-worship”
Tattooing is an unjustifiable self-indulgence by a carnal Christian such that if he ever truly grows to maturity in Christ, he will live to regret every touch of that ink on his body.
I came across an Instagram Celebrity named Amber Luke, she was covered with tattoos from the top of her head. The model, who “has been getting tattooed for a decade, says her transformation has been worth it. She doesn’t regret spending £20,000 on ink – or hours beneath the needle,” someone quoted her.
She added: “I’ve put in so much blood, tears and dedication for my image”. It is an IMAGE.
Yes, I can imagine Elon Musk face after you put all sorts of rainbow stickers on your new Brilliant White Tesla. How much more God!
Why do you think most celebrities, especially footballers, are inked all over the bodies? Body art? No, that is the cover name. There is a covenant with a deity involved. This deity helps them to succeed. But the success is brief and the effects for success begin to wane. The tattoo is just a seal or reminder of the ritual between the man and the spiritual entity.
What happens as a result of the warning? The deity demands a renewal or a fresh mark or tattoo. And usually, once that is done, there is a revival of the expected success. Usually, there is a cost for this – the soul.
Article 6(1)(b) gives you a lawful basis for processing where:
“processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract”.
Now for the justification of this processing, the governing body for example in the UK known as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), expects the processor to keep a record to this regard.
This is where tattoos, scarification, body art or whatever term you want to call them to come into the fore. They are documentation or PROOFS of choices or agreements made by a person or made on behalf of and agreed to by a person. For this purpose, I will limit this to self-made agreements.
Either party has a legal representation through the document. In the spiritual realm, this is a powerful principle that has been used since the creation of Man.
So, when a person inks some form of tattoo, engages in scarification or any form of body art, there is so much involved, the attainment of singularity but this is what helps a person gain access into the spiritual realm and use the available “powers” in the agreement or covenant.
Often times, you see the person do something that is “out-of-this-world” and you wonder if the person is a human being.
This can be in any field of endeavour, but it is more common in the entertainment world because human beings’ souls are easily accessible and manipulated through their emotions.
The process by which the spirit enters the human body and use the body to do supernatural things starts through a connection.
Spirituality of Consent
That connection takes place in three steps: Consent, choice, and covenant. For those familiar with the European General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR), consent is a golden word for an agreement (covenant) to use someone’s private information for the company’s purposes or mutual benefit.
Man wants power, fame, money or all three. But the deity wants the soul. It is priceless in the spiritual world. Jesus says that a soul is costlier than all the material wealth of this world.
Anyone vast in the EU-GDPR principles will soon discover that it is more than getting consent from the data subject (or in our case tattoo bearer). A third party (deity) can use a subject data’s private information through the use of other legitimate reasons, without the direct consent of the data subject.
One of those reasons is processing for the performance of a contract (covenant) to which the data subject is a party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.
The soul is the wealthiest matter on earth. Jesus said of this matter, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” [Mark 8:36]
That means all the gold, precious stones and other expensive material wealth are not enough to purchase a single soul. Man has been able to grow some body parts and even create clones but never have been able to fully understand the soul let alone re-create it.
I’m not demonizing celebrities or highly-placed people in the society, in fact, I don’t know who is carrying the demonic or fake versions and would prefer to be ignorant as to who might be who. But for you, the child of God, your body does not belong to you, let alone your blood. You are just a privileged custodian. You must respect that vessel, which you call your body.
You are just a privileged custodian. You must respect that vessel, which you call your body
After weeks that I had written this article and I was reviewing and editing it, I came across this YouTube video, “Something Strange Is Going In Sports”. It was so complimentary to this article! I will recommend that you watch it AFTER you read this article and things will really make sense to you that I am not writing abstractly but as led by the Lord.
Abraham was involved in scarification at the demand of God. A circumcision is a form of scarification and it is a mark of belonging.
Does that example give liberty for a believer to go and put a “Christian Tattoo” on his body as well? I can hear some believers justifying the collection of tattoos, “If Abraham can do it why not a believer? Jesus never spoke about tattoo while He was on earth, so why can’t I?”
You must know that Abraham did not take that decision by himself. Besides, God commanded him to do it and it was not a fad nor fashion. It was not about making a statement to anyone or showing off his masculinity.
So you already have these tattoos what should you do to rescue your body? Repent. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” [Acts 17:30]. Ask the Lord to forgive you for your lack of knowledge. Then go and sin no more.
Go And Sin No More
God wants to be the ONLY one putting His tattoo on your body. You say God doesn’t do tattoos. Yes, He does. Paul reveals this in Galatians 6:17, “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” [King James Version (KJV)]
I already have my own tattoo etched on me, but it wasn’t etched by a man in some skull-pictured walled shop. It was etched with fire. And I will encourage you to get your own from God, too.
“And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” [Ezekiel 9:3-4]
Paul explained how he got his mark. In sufferings, “in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” [2 Corinthians 11:23-28]
That is how you get it. You go through the fellowship of His sufferings and as Peter the Apostle added, “who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed,” [1 Peter 5:1]
In Revelation 3:12, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” [Emphasis mine]
And He did, “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.” Revelations 14:1 [Emphasis mine]
God’s tattoos are not cheap, but you can be sure that it will make a good mark on you. It will give you easy and instant access to His realm and you would be able to easily interact with Him. This is where you get the fulfillment of the scripture: “Touch not mine anointed and do my prophet no harm” [1 Chronicles 16:22].
You MUST get your own tattoo from the One who makes the best tattoos and not from any man!