A difference of opinion?

Honor God with your body.
I Corinthians 6:20

Now, to me, that says, go, get pierced, get tattooed, and have fun — when you celebrate your body, you celebrate God's creation. Let's look at churches over history. Compare the architecture — and the philosophical statement it makes — between early Romanesque Churches and then the big Gothic Cathedrals to the opulent Baroque styles and then with modern churches.

It's quite clear that the Christian God makes very little statement about the correctness of any particular personal style and expression (outside of things that are obviously wrong on a universal level). Yes, it was emphasized in the laws of Leviticus and other older texts, but was very clearly overturned — because Jesus understood that laws such as these are designed to suit times and are not universal truths.

We all know the quote from Jesus, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother in law.” (Matthew 10:34-35)

Now, some atheists choose to use quotes like this to discredit the Bible through some foolish straw man argument — but the truth is, Jesus was a revolutionary, a terrorist, and an anarchist. This statement was about the destruction of a way of life, and it's replacement with something more “true”. He wasn't an ignorant thug though — he was idealistically fighting to overturn outdated laws that effectively spread lies about the will of God (as well as on a more objective level, misleading and abusing people).

Now, I think you all know that I don't have a high opinion of what Christianity has become, but I have far more disdain for someone who tries to warp its teachings to suit their personal goals. Let me be very clear about this: God doesn't care if you're tattooed or not. It's simply not His concern. Anyone who tells you otherwise, under Christian doctrine, is quite clearly operating as an agent of Lucifer.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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