It disappeared huh? That's awesome. Does he have any other tattoos? Did they disappear too? Wouldn't the fact that God didn't remove all of them suggest he may not hate all tattoos? It could have been a very personal thing to show this drummer his awesome power, or to confirm him, but it also seems to speak directly to this question.
I think this is a dangerous attitude to take. Jesus did not take the OT "with a grain of salt" if anything he reinforces the OT:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 5:17-19 ESV)
Paul did not treat the law that way either...
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
(Romans 15:4 ESV)
Jesus and Paul quoted the OT so much that if you were to remove such references you would not be left with very many words from either.
A "pinch of salt" is from an old cure for poison. I don't think that would help literally, and I don't think it serves you well with regard to scripture.
Leslie Ezeh said:
I know several would disagree with me, but personally I take the Old Testament with a grain of salt: I mean it seems to accept practices like polygamy, and obviously the majority of Christians don't practice this today. Leviticus specifically mentions a lot of rules I've yet to see a Christian follow: can you honestly say you do burnt-offerings? We can't judge people based on certain bible verses and yet ignore the others at the same time: that's hypocrisy.
Darren, it's not so much that many churches are trying to be like the world: it's just that Christians can't just alienate themselves and expect to attract non-believers. Jesus is a perfect example (of course) for he was constantly in the midst of sinners. The key is be among the secular world but not be affected; to lead the best Christian lives possible so non-believers can sense our happiness and peace of mind and want that for themselves.
People may not agree with me on this either, but my motto as a Christian (based on Luke 6:31 and Luke 10:27) is: So far I don't hurt someone or myself in any (physical, mental, spiritual, etc) way, I'm living the life of Christ. So with that in mind I don't see how tattoos are sinful.
Personally, I have no problem with tattoos as long as they're temporary, like henna for example. People in one half of my culture do beautiful floral henna designs on their hands and feet when they get married. It fades after a few weeks.
My question is, what is the motive for getting that tattoo? Is it to bring attention to your flesh? To feed your conceit? Do you just want a little life verse on your knuckle?
Personally, I'm more concerned with tattooing the truth of Christ on my heart. I just... don't have an interest or use for tattoos other than temporary beautification (I'd rather draw on paper than myself!) Seek the Lord first and let his Word and Spirit lead you.
Yes, Christian artists should create tattoos, but only if they do it well. Christians should be the best tattoo artists.
Ask Holy Spirit. Submit your craft to him and let him lead.
I personally have no appeal for tattoos. I prefer to draw on paper, books and walls :-D