Fasting 2

We have looked at some key verses on fasting and before we post those, we will make a few comments.

First, fasting is a serious act. The believer needs to remember that fasting is communicating an attitude and it is not made to be part of a fad; a game or some taken for granted manner.

Second, fasting is done from a specific heart attitude. The person fasting has a burdened heart whether it is for prayer requests, redemption or seeking God’s will in certain matters.

Third, fasting is an expression of humility. People who fast have seen the error of their ways or specific actions and they humble themselves before God.

Fourth, when a person fasts, they should not always expect a positive answer to their purpose for fasting. God’s choice of answers is not always influenced because a person takes to fasting.

Fifth, fasting is not a public spectator sport. It is not done to gain points with others or to look spiritual. Nor is it to be done to show people you are obeying God. You need the right attitude when you fast or you are probably wasting your time.

sixth, fasting should be done without sin or sinful acts accompanying it.

seventh, fasting can be done when one truly repents from their sinful ways and want to receive mercy from God.

Fasting is not to be taken lightly and it should be a subject that is taught correctly in the church. When you read the following verses, look to the heart attitude behind the act of fasting. In simple terms, fasting should be genuine:

Jonah 3:5-9

5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.
7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink.
8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.
9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

Isaiah 58: 3-7

‘Why have we fasted and You do not see?
Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not [a]notice?’
Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire,
And drive hard all your workers.
“Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist.
You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high.
“Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it for bowing [b]one’s head like a reed
And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed?
Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the Lord?
“Is this not the fast which I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free
And break every yoke?
“Is it not to divide your bread [c]with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him;
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Matthew 6: 16- 18

16 “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they [j]neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Ezra 8: 21-23

21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a [h]safe journey for us, our little ones, and all our possessions. 22 For I was ashamed to request from the king troops and horsemen to [i]protect us from the enemy on the way, because we had said to the king, “The hand of our God is [j]favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who forsake Him.” 23 So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He [k]listened to our entreaty.

2 Samuel 12: 15-17

Then the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s [i]widow bore to David, so that he was very sick. 16 David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them.

Daniel 9: 3-6

So I [a]gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.

Acts 13: 2-3

While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Joel 2: 12-13

12 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,
“Return to Me with all your heart,
And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
13 And rend your heart and not your garments.”
Now return to the Lord your God,
For He is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And relenting of evil.

Psalms 35: 13-14

13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled my soul with fasting,
And my prayer kept returning to my bosom.
14 I went about as though it were my friend or brother;
I bowed down [e]mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother.

Nehemiah 1: 4

When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

Luke 2: 36-37

36 And there was a prophetess, [n]Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in [o]years and had lived with her husband seven years after her [p]marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.

Esther 4: 15-16

15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.”

Acts 14: 23

When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

2 Samuel 1: 11-12

11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so also did all the men who were with him. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan and for the people of the Lord and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

These verses should show the seriousness that is part of fasting. You will notice that there is no frivolity no novelty, no careless attitude involved. Fasting is done by serious believers who truly want to please God and live according to his ways. Just because other religions have their members fast and pray does not make either act wrong, sinful or those religions Christian. The attitude and the faith behind the acts is what sets the Christian fasting apart from other religions.

It is done in spirit and truth.


We found a topic that we have not addressed yet. We will take a few days to try to study the biblical approaches to fasting but for this post, we are going to rely on works from other sites to get the topic rolling. we are not going to quote long passages, just enough to give people the idea. The final quoted work is something we wrote for a secular website


Christian fasting – what does the Bible say?

Scripture does not command Christians to fast. God does not require or demand it of Christians. At the same time, the Bible presents fasting as something that is good, profitable, and beneficial


What Biblical Fasting is Not

(1) A Physical or Psychological Discipline

(2) A Manipulative Tool

(3) A Hypocritical Religious Exercise

#3. The Facts About Fasting

Hearing the word ‘fasting’

Sends many people running screaming in terror. To them fasting means not eating for a long time and they do not like that thought. But fasting is a lot more than just missing but on some food for a few days.

What is fasting

Basically, a fast is where you go without food and sometimes water for an extended period of time. Fasts are done for a variety of reasons and the most common ones are spiritual health, medical benefits, as well as trying to lose a few pounds.

Before you go on a fast, you should talk to your doctor. You may have some hidden medical issues that may interfere with your fasting plans.

Types of fasts

It really doesn’t matter which type of fast you chose to follow. They all give the same health benefits. Plus, you do not need to use a fast that has the word cleanse or detox in them. All fasts cleanse and detox your body.

  • Dry fasts- this is the one most people hate. You avoid both food and liquids during this type of fast
  • Liquid fast- here at east you get to drink some healthy liquids as you cleanse your body. You can go with water only or use juice and have a little nutrition as you fast
  • Partial fast- here you eat a little food, but the key is what foods you do eat and which ones you exclude
  • Intermittent fast- in this fast you alternate between eating and fasting periods. You can design your intermittent schedule.

When you do a fast, make sure you prepare for it first. That will protect you from some negative side effects that can take place when you deprive your body of food and liquids.

The health benefits of fasting

To protect yourself from certain brain diseases a regularly scheduled fast can help protect you from the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Just 2 days a week can keep your brain healthy and disease protected.

Other health benefits include

  • Keeps blood pressure and other fluids balanced
  • Helps moderate blood sugar levels
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Burns fat
  • Protects brain from stress related damage

This is just food for thought and we will try to get back later in the week with more information

Two Articles

One we liked and one we didn’t. We will go with the one we liked first.

#1. Academic Papers

The joke was played on academic journals, but the politically-correct corruption of higher learning is no laughing matter.

Twenty years ago, mathematician Alan Sokal set out to prove that postmodernism in academia was “fashionable nonsense.” So, he wrote a gibberish paper combining post-structuralist lingo with physics terms, and submitted it to the journal, “Social Text.” Not only was his deliberate drivel accepted, but over 1,500 papers have cited it as source material.

As you know we do not like scientific or academic papers. They are more about unnecessary things than finding any real problem or solution. We find them a waste of time on the part of the researcher and those who actually take the time to read them. The article is a great read and provides a lot of reasons why we cannot trust the academic world.

We never liked the peer review process either. It is far too easy to manipulate and get support for wrong ideas.

Whole swathes of higher learning are captive to left-wing ideology. Schools and journals are run as searches for oppression and power dynamics instead of truth. But this whole saga reveals more than the nakedness of the academic emperor. It also reveals how ripe the moment is for Christians to offer the education world an alternative.

We would like to see honest, valid, legitimate, Christian alternatives but we do not trust the Christian world that much either. Too many academics or professional archaeologists follow the secular academic rules and not God’s rules. We know some of these people. There are a lot of Christians who do not want the truth either and use their platforms to preach their alternatives.

My point is, we’ve done this sort of thing before. Let’s do it again. With mainstream academic journals going to the dogs, now’s not the time for Christians to lose our educational souls to fashionable nonsense. Now’s the time to recommit to truth.

We would contribute legitimate papers to such a venture if certain conditions were met.  We like the truth.

#2. We do not need theatrics in the Church

Pastor David Platt recently visited the border between North and South Korea, praying for persecuted believers outside a demolished church and inside a secret tunnel.

Platt, who leads McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. and serves as president of the International Mission Board, a position from which he has said he will be resigning from, posted several video clips on Thursday of him praying for Christians in the world’s most oppressive regime.

In one video posted online at the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean Peninsula, Platt revealed that he was standing outside a church building that was destroyed by Communists, leading to “all kinds of torturing and killing” happening inside

The Bible does not say use theatrics for prayer. It tells us to go into our closets and pray. Why does God tell us to go in to private quarters to pray? One reason is that our prayers will be honest and not influenced by outside factors, like theatrics. observer’s opinions and more. God wants honest prayers, not those that only fuel emotion or makes one feel good.

We tried to watch that video as we wanted to see this church. We have been to basically every point on the DMZ where tourists are allowed to go and we did not see that structure he is standing by. We know of another church that was used for the purposes he stated but it is outside the DMZ and very few people visit it. But the point is, if we are burdened for people, any group of people or an individual, we need to follow biblical instruction.

You will notice that Jesus went away from the group to pray. He found secluded spots to talk to his father. We should not let emotion or popular ideas influence our praying habits.

When Japan was ruling here, and the pastor of this church refused to participate in shrine worship, the pastor was martyred.

In the video, he said communists. The Japanese were never communists.

Right behind me is a picture of faithful saints who in the last century worshiped Christ here and paid for it with their lives. It’s a reminder of church buildings like this all across North Korea,” he said, noting that all have been destroyed, or converted to be used for other purposes.

This is normal in atheistic countries and a lot of non-atheistic countries. There was an article recently asking the question why was Kim Jong-il afraid of Christianity? We didn’t get a chance to read it but the answer is, if he let Christianity be worshipped, he would no longer be seen as the Supreme leader of North Korea. The people would see the truth and he would not only lose face but he would lose all power and control over his people.

Let’s leave the theatrics to Hollywood and the church practice true Christianity through obedience to God’s instructions.


Stick to the Truth

In Walsh’s video published by The Daily Wire on YouTube last week, he argued that although he doesn’t “question the sincerity or the faithfulness of six-day Creationist folks,” he positioned that when the belief is preached, it can “inadvertently do some harm” and “put obstacles in the way, especially for non-believers.”

When talking about the Bible it is best to stick to the truth. Paul told us that the unbeliever cannot do anything against the truth.  The truth does not do any harm to evangelism. Misrepresenting what the Bible says does the harm. If you tell the truth, the only person putting obstacles in the way of unbelievers converting is evil.

Faith and love means that you believe God. If God said he created in 6 24 hour days then our faith and our love have us siding with God over sinful man and his words.

If you state something about the Bible that the Bible does not say, then you are not stating what God said but what you want to believe. You are not evangelizing someone to God’s faith but your own version of it. You are communicating that God cannot even get his own act of creation correct. Who would want to believe in a God like that and who would want to adopt a faith where the adherents do not even believe their own God?

The truth is, God created in 6 24 hour days just like he said. There was no failure by God to communicate his creative act to his biblical writers and their was no altering the creative act because the biblical writers did not understand any alternatives. They wrote what God told them he did and since God cannot lie, there are no alternatives to the creation accounts found in Genesis.

The people who are doing harm and creating obstacles are those who adopt and promote alternatives to the truth.

Marital Happiness

The following is an interesting article to read

Fewer Sexual Partners Before Marriage Yield Greater Happiness in Marriage: Study

We take scholarly studies with a grain of salt. Peer review, scientific papers, etc., say a whole lot about nothing and they rarely provide any real answers for anyone.

New research reveals that marriages are quantifiably happier if the couple had fewer sexual partners prior to their wedding day.

We really did not need a scientific or academic study to tell us that. But we will further say that when people are unhappy in a marriage, they can commit adultery no matter how many previous sexual partners they had before they got married. Our question is this- why is this article posted on a Christian newspaper website? It certainly doesn’t talk about God’s views about sin, marriage and sex.

It doesn’t talk about how sex before marriage is adultery and it isn’t really news, so why is it there? We think that it is because many believers have had sex before marriage and not just before they were Christians. The trend is that sex is more important than obeying God. We know it takes place and that a lot of Christians do not want to wait till marriage to enjoy one of life’s simplest and best pleasures.

It saddens us to think this but we know it is the reality. So we will just make a blunt statement- sex before marriage is sin and adultery. There is no altering that fact. The good news is for those Christians who have participated in sex before marriage that adultery is not the unforgivable sin. It would be wise of the believer to truly repent of those sins and the attitude that got them involved in adultery if they want to make an impact for God.

Love is patient and if the man or woman truly love their partner they will not rob them of the beauty that comes with sex after marriage. They will not rob them of that happiness marriage is supposed to bring. Having sex before marriage is not progressive, it is not cool and it is not wise. It is selfish though. Both towards your future partner in life and to God. You are saying to him that his instructions do not matter and your personal pleasure is more important than obedience to him.

We would advise you all to rethink your views on this issue if you agree that sex before marriage is okay. Obeying God is more important than anything else.

Archaeology, the Bible and Children

We will look at a couple of short articles on archaeology, the Bible and children. Too often when modern peope read biblical accounts they tend to read their own views or modern culture into the different accounts referring to children. That is not the correct way to read anything about the Bible or the ancient past.

the first article- Did the Ancient Israelites Think Children Were People?- brings this research question. The author starts off with the following point

When the class session on the 10 plagues in Exodus came around, an interesting discussion ensued among the students about the plague of the firstborn and whether or not the Israelite deity was morally justified in killing Egyptian babies.

The key words are in bold. The biblical account says the firstborn. It does not say babies. That is the first mistake made by that author and her students. The firstborn could have been at any age. They could have been elderly, middle ages, young adults, teenagers and so on. The second mistake they make is to stand in judgment of God. Who are they to say if God is justified or not? Most of those people probably are still in their sins and think they know more than God does.

Why, we then have to ask, would the Israelites have imagined their deity Yahweh slaughtering children for sins the children themselves had not committed? If they thought children could be killed for the transgressions of others, did they even think children were persons with any type of rights?

Their assumption that those punished were babies leads that class and its instructor to the faulty conclusions stated in that quote. Most likely, God was punishing those children for the sins the Egyptian firstborn had committed in their lives and failed to repent of them. Were the children punished for the transgression sof others? That is hard to say as that teacher and class produced no evidence that was taking place. Of course, when plaques hit, both the innocent and guilty are affected.  That is a fact of life.

We are sure that the many victims of the Black Plague did nothing to warrant their demise from that disease. The last line of that quote shows the infusion of modern thinking into past records. Rights have nothing to do with a person’s identity as a human. The fact that they were born human gives them that identity not any so-called rights.

Rights are also not biblical and have no part in defining how the ancient Israelites thought of children.

What do I mean by “persons” exactly? A person, in my usage and that of many anthropologists, is a human being accorded status and recognition in their society. A person is an individual who is seen as having value—not economic value like a sheep or a llama, but social value, value in relationships with others.

None of those elements need rights to support them.  Also, you can see how far off the secular word is in its thinking. A human is a human whether they are given value, status, or not.

Personhood is an abstract concept. One might say it is too abstract to be useful. But discussions of personhood arise generally only in the most pressing situations—when we are discussing what we can do to human beings and their bodies.

Actually it is not. A human being is a person no matter how someone defines that term. Both identifications start at conception and continue thorugh life until the person dies.

And this narrative is not alone among texts in the Hebrew Bible in leading readers to call into question whether or not the Israelites saw children as persons. We even read in the storied 10 Commandments: “I, Yahweh, your god, am a jealous god, punishing children for the iniquity of parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me” (Exodus 20:5 in English versification; Deuteronomy 5:9). Either the Israelites who wrote this did not see children as persons, or their conception of personhood was a collective one that allowed children to be punished for the sins of parents.

It is clear that the author does not understand what is being said in the Bible. Declaring that certain punishment will take place does not remove the identity of children. It is just telling people what will happen when they sin. Distorting scripture to make a thesis point or answer a research question is not an intelligent thing to do. It misrepresents the Bible and misleads people.

We could answer this question more easily if we could speak and interact with real Israelites. Since we can’t do this and since the Israelites revealed their views of personhood indirectly rather than through philosophical treatises on the subject, we are left having to read through the lines. At best, the Israelites held a view of personhood that allowed for collective punishment and saw children as low-level subordinates subject to the wishes and whims of parents—usually fathers. At worst, they were not seen as persons

This is the danger that comes when a person cherry picks verses to handle their discussion. it leaves out the myriad of biblical verses that show that the Israelites thought and treated children like real people. We skipped a section on child sacrifice as that is a topic for another day. They come to wrong conclusions about the people of the past. They only look for those verses that will support their thesis and not head for the truth.

We do not see philosophical treaties as direct sources. They also do not give us direct insights into the thinking of ancient people. But that comment does tell us a lot about the author and her bias. That bias undermines and ruins her point. There is more to that article to discuss but we want to move on to the second one. you can read the first one here:

What Does the Bible Say About Children—and What Does Archaeology Say?

Unfortunately, children are underrepresented in the archaeological record and ancient texts, including the Bible. It is difficult to discern which artifacts belonged to children. In fact, the best context for identifying children’s artifacts is burials. When children and infants are buried with particular materials, we can infer that these materials were associated with children and were usually intended to assist them in the afterlife.

Burials do not say much about how a person thought. They may say something about the individual families or the regional culture but very little about the deceased, including children. it is impossible to say if the chid requested those items to be buried with them or if their parent sinluded them because they did not want their child to be alone or defenseless in the after life.

It is also misleading to say that children are underrepresented in ancient texts or the bible. Those are adult activities and adult written. They deal with, for the most part, adult things. The lack of children’s drawings, writings and other remains indicate that only the children’s parents took an active interest in what their children did. There is no reason for anyone to preserve children’s works outside of the family for posterity.

Legal documents are the best textual source for learning about the lives of ancient children; these include “wet-nurse contracts, adoptions, inheritance, debt-slave sales, and slave sales.” We have a large amount of ancient adoption records from the site of Nuzi in northeastern Iraq. For adopted boys, the major concern was inheritance; for adopted girls, it was marriage prospects.

Again, these show nothing much about the lives of children. They do show how the adults in their lives were governed. What is sad is that the article cherry picks what it will focus on when it comes to children. Again, this second article veers off topic towards child sacrifice. The article is weak as it ignores all the ancient children games and other artifacts archaeologists have uncovered over the decades.

If the author wants to focus on the lives of children, then it should actually focus on the lives of children. It should not talk about child sarifice as that is an adult decision,not a child’s one. We will address one point on child sacrifice:

Second, the discovery of infant cemeteries (called tophets) at Carthage and other Punic sites suggests that child sacrifice did occur in the ancient Near East. Not all scholars agree with this interpretation, but many think these tophets are proof of the practice.

What are the parents supposed to do when their child dies? Leave them to rot? Of course there will be child cemeteries but that does not mean child sacrifice was practiced. Modern scholars keep reading into the evidence what they want to see or they take the words of the enemies of a given people over rational thought.

People Keep trying

To find excuses to do the things that God has said is not acceptable. We have spoken on tattoos before and we are totally against people putting tattoos on their body. We have our reasons and one of them is found in the article we are about to address

What Does the Bible Say About Getting Tattoos?

One of our reasons is found in Lev.19:28, which states

Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.”

Another reason we have comes from the NT which talks about the body being the temple of God and people should not defile that temple. You can do a word study on that and make sure you go back to the OT where God had the holy of Holies and his temple was to be pure and undefiled. This is the same reason we use for not smoking, not drinking alcoholic beverages other than wine and similar activities.

BUT people being who they are, seek to justify their practice of what God has outlawed. We will mention women preachers here as an example. Now to address certain parts of the article:

Some read that passage as God expressed a desire for His people to be set apart for Himself, as tattoos were tied to occult practices like sorcery and other pagan religious practices.

God has that right to make these demands if people want to be his people. He is not being unrealistic or mean nor trying to deprive anyone of earthly pleasures. he is telling his people his rules of right and wrong. Getting tattoos is not something he created and called perfect. In fact, tattoos can be quite dangerous. We recall a man dying because he entered the water too soon after getting a tattoo. Other dangers lurk behind the attraction some people have for tattoos.

Anyone getting a tattoo really needs to ask themselves, why am I getting this and what is the meaning of this tattoo? Is the tattoo an expression of witchcraft, idolatry or pagan symbolism?” asked Jay Haizlip, pastor of The Sanctuary Church in Orange County, California, in a 2013 Huffington Post essay.

The reason for getting a tattoo really does not apply here. God did not leave the door open for justifications or special reasons why someone would get a tattoo. He simply said do not mark your body up with those marks. Christian or romantic reasons are not excluded from that ban.

“I lean toward the belief that it is not forbidding all expressions of tattoos. Culturally and specifically here in the US, tattoos, over the last 20 years, have become more socially acceptable,” he said, referencing Pew research claiming approximately 40 percent of millennials have tattoos.

It is forbidding of all tattoos and cultural acceptance does not over-rule God’s commands or instructions. But as you can see, people will use interpretation or whatever they want to make sure they can practice something God does not want done. His belief or leaning to it does not make getting tattoos correct nor does it change God’s ban.

Writing at, Liberty University Professor of Apologetics Will Honeycutt explained that injecting ink underneath the skin to make pictures is materially different than the kinds of tattoos referred to in the Old Testament. The passage in Leviticus, he said, is literally translated “And a cutting for the dead you will not make in your flesh; and writing marks you will not make on you; I am the Lord.”

How so? Many people use this type of argument to justify their adoption of sinful practices. Many homosexuals do this as they claim that the brand of homosexuality in biblical times was different from today’s practice. That argument doesn’t have an ounce of support for homosexuality and it doesn’t have any for tattoos.

The word “writing” refers to inscribed or engraved symbols or words and it is the only time in Scripture where it is used, and the work “marks” — also used here alone — has an uncertain root, leaving its meaning uncertain, Honeycutt continued, noting that “tattoo” did not enter into the English language until the late 1700s.

I guess he does not understand what tattoos are then for they still are a symbol even if they have words included. Does God really have to say a ban more than once before people will accept it as a ban? Whether it is used once or many times, the message is still clear- do not do it. Highly unlikely that the root is uncertain but no it doesn’t really make the meaning uncertain. In this case we trust those scholars who translated the KJV. They were not void of education and probably know more than modern scholars do.

Even if the English word did not enter the English language till the 1700s, that does not mean it was not used in other languages or did not carry the same meaning in Hebrew. Tattoo is just a more specific word to describe what God was talking about.

The cultural backdrop against which this divine prohibition was given was when Israel, after being rescued from slavery, was situated between Egypt and Canaan, he went on to say.

Archaeological findings show that Egypt routinely marked its women on the breasts, thighs and abdomen, which was thought to be a good luck charm of sorts to protect the birthing process.

God does not go by culture. He does not need to see what the pagans are doing then outlaw it. If he did he really could not judge the pagans. God established his right and wrong long before he created the world. Creation, holy and unholy definitions, right and wrong, etc., standards are not being done by God as eras change. The Bible tells us that God does not change thus he held these same views before he created the world.

So while it is not expressly condemned, he urged Christians to think hard about their motives for getting tattoos.

I guess he is reading a different Bible than we are. It is most certainly condemned and banned. God could not be any clearer. There is little thought to be done. God said not to do it so the Christian should not be getting tattoos.

And while artistic self-expression can be OK

Artistic expression is okay but not in the form of tattoos or marking up the body. There are plenty of acceptable ways to express one’s artistic talents without disobeying God.

Getting a tattoo for purposes of witness may be acceptable,

Only in the minds of those who want a tattoo. Again, God does not change and he does not make these kind of exceptions. He does not grant people permission to sin or disobey him.

Is there good news in all of this? Of course there is. While tattoos are banned by God they are still not the unforgivable sin. If you have them do not get any more. If you don’t, then do not get any. You can receive forgiveness for the tattoos you already have but 1 John talks about continuing in sin and declaring one is a follower of God.