I hit 100 followers on this blog! Thank you guys so much! I’m so glad Switchblades and Gym Class has become a part of my life and i’m so grateful of the friends I’ve made through it! As a little thank you I’ve made another playlist for Elyse, Lawrence, and James. And this time I decided to write a little thing to go with it! Special thanks to @hubersqueue for pretty much creating Elyse and giving me something to be stupidly inspired by. I hope you all like it and make sure to let me know what you think! Thanks again. I love all of you!
“Oh shut up you big baby.” Elyse nudged James’ shoulder from where she was standing beside him in the garage at Basecamp. She kissed his cheek and went to join Lawrence who was sitting on the floor nearby.
“Yeah, mine didn’t hurt at all!” Lawrence laughed as Elyse crawled into his lap and nuzzled her face into his neck.
I want to make something very clear to all those who follow me. I do NOT follow the bible, I do NOT follow a religion. I am NOT a part of a church or organization or anything involving a certain religion or belief. For some reason my inbox keeps getting flooded with people trying to school me on what the bible says and saying “you’re going against the bible” Guys, I don’t believe in the bible. I don’t follow or live by the bible. So please just stop! If my beliefs or the way I live or my personal relationship with God offends you, unfollow me! Please do me the honor and unfollow. I believe in the God I believe in because of experiences in my life, and what I feel deep down is true about God. I don’t have all the answers and I’m not saying what I believe is right! All I’m saying is thats what I believe. If you ask me, I will tell you. A relationship with God is SO personal. And no one has the right to question me or any one for that matter about it. For all the people telling me “you have to follow a religion to follow God” or “you can’t just make stuff about God” Really? I’m not making anything up, most of what I’ve learned is from spiritual books and teachers and different beliefs I’ve taken because I believe they are true. And if you’re going to send me hateful questions about either what I practice or CaitlynJenner you will be blocked, and yes even on Anon you can be blocked. I have no time or energy for negativity. To all the religious people being SO rude in my inbox, please go pick up the bible and re-read it. You are not practicing what you so desperately preach to me by hating on people and being judgmental and straight up cruel. Everyone wants to leave out these other things the bible says not to do.
Divorce. The Bible is very clear on this one: No divorcing. You can’t do it. Because when you marry someone, according to Mark 10:8, you “are no longer two, but one flesh.” And, Mark 10:9 reads, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
Polyester, or any other fabric blends. The Bible doesn’t want you to wear polyester. Not just because it looks cheap. It’s sinfully unnatural.
Leviticus 19:19 reads, “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.
Wearing gold. 1 Timothy 2:9 doesn’t like your gold necklace at all. Or your pearl necklace. Or any clothes you’re wearing that you didn’t get from Forever 21, Old Navy or H&M.
“Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.”
Tattoos. No tattoos. Leviticus 19:28 reads, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.”
Not even a little butterfly on your ankle. Or Thug Life across your abdomen. Or even, fittingly enough, a cross.
Given gracielovesjesus‘s hatred of gay marriage because of her support for “Biblical marriage” I SINCERELY hope she follows all the rules of The Bible.
No bikinis at the beach/lake/pool. Not on a boat either. No bikinis ANYWHERE… one pieces should PROBABLY be avoided too, but that’s for you to take up with your God. “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety.” 1 Timothy 2:9
No jewelry, costly garments (that means the prom dress I bet you wore, huh?) braided hair or really anything that exhibits pride. “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.” 1 Timothy 2:9
No bacon, or really any pork in general. Which is a real shame, because bacon is delicious. But being such a devout Christian who follows the Bible so closely, you probably wouldn’t know, right? Also, you’re not really allowed to touch pigskin either, so I hope you don’t touch or handle any footballs. Yikes. “Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.” Leviticus 11:4 “And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.” Leviticus 11:7-8
No ripped jeans, yep, swear to God the Bible has a problem with ripped jeans. “And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.” Leviticus 10:6
No tattoos. Yeah, that dove, or prayer hands or “Jesus Loves Me” tattoo… you’re going to hell for that. “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:28
No getting divorced or re-married. “Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” Mark 10:11-12
No gossiping. Yep, even in it’s simplest form, it’s a straight up sin, according to your Bible. “Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbor; I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:16
No pigging out at a slumber party with the girls, or after a drunken night. Basically never eat more than a single serving size, EVER. “… And put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.” Proverbs 23:2
NO speaking in Chruch. As a woman, you’re supposed to keep silent. Not sure what your denomination is, but I hope you don’t shout out a praise-filled “Amen” when the spirit moves you, because that goes against the Bible. “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.” 1 Corinthians 14:34
No wearing polyester or any kind of fabric blends. (Even poly-cotton blends) so, I hope you don’t shop at Walmart. If it’s not 100% one fabric, it’s a sin. “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.” Leviticus 19:19
No eating shellfish. Lobster, crab, scallops. Not acceptable to eat. At least there’s steak, right? Oh, wait…. “And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcasses in abomination.” Leviticus 10-11
No eating fatty or rare foods: cheeseburgers, rare/medium steaks, roast beef, brisket. Better stick to chicken on that special date. “It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.” Leviticus 3:17
And obviously it goes without saying that porn, pre-marital sex, masturbation and defying a man are all also sins. So, none of that either!
Sticking to all these rules to comply with the Bible must be exhausting! No wonder you’re so angry about the thought of others having happiness! Jeez.
someone tattooed the fox design i made for empireempireband on his arm today!!!!! thumbs up to the tattoo artist Opie at Leviticus Tattoo (in Minneapolis, MN) who did an awesome job and for being so respectful towards my style! thanks tyler for being so awesome to do this and sending me this photo!
The popular verse that tattoo opponents like to use in their argument is Leviticus 19:28, which says, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.” In this verse it clearly does state that God’s people are not supposed to get tattoos. I am not going to say it doesn’t, but we must take a look at the context of the verse. You see, back in the Old Testament times the pagans would cut, carve, and burn tattoo marks into their bodies as an act of worship to their pagan gods. This verse is referring to the preparation for death in which many bodies were tattooed with pagan religious symbols. The pagan practice was to bleed and mark yourself up, because it was a way of mourning those who had died and to honor them. The pagans believed that by marking images and symbols on their bodies, that they would obtain special favor in the afterlife from their false gods, for themselves and for those who had just died. Since God’s commandments prohibit Jews and Christians from worshipping other gods, it would be logical that God would prohibit these death preparation tattoos. But the reason why God was telling people not to get tattoos was so that other nations would not confuse “Yaweh’s” people with the surrounding pagan nations. Also, we are not under the Old Testament laws anymore, but we are now under the New Covenant.
Now for those who still want to use this verse to go against getting tattoos, we cannot just pick one verse to follow and then ignore the others and with this being said, let’s take a look at the surrounding verses in Leviticus 19. Verses 26-27 says, “Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.” So, if we were still under the Old Testament Laws, whoever eats their meat medium rare or for the men who go to the barber’s shop, those people would be in sin. Then in verses 23-25 says, “When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten. In the fourth year all of it’s fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD. But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the LORD your God.” This is saying that if you’re eating any fruit that has not gone through a five-year cultivation process, you are also in sin. Again, we are not bound by the Old Testament Laws anymore.
When Jesus came and died on the cross, he brought us a whole new covenant with God. The new covenant gives us more freedoms to do certain things, but more importantly, we can have a personal relationship with God. We are called to share the Gospel and tattoos can be a great way to do that. We want to speak the language of our culture and our culture speaks in tattoos. God-honoring tattoos are conversation starters for fellow believers or for those who are not saved. Tattoos spark questions and once the question is answered, there has been a seed planted in that person’s life. Witness has to be personal, not something shoved down someone’s throat. I’m not saying that every Christian should get tatted up, but if that’s your thing, what an awesome way to share your faith and to testify how God has changed you. Christians talk about forming relationship with those who are not saved, but if they truly wish to engage the culture, they really need to start seeing the world in a new context. This is not only for the witnessing with tattoos, but in general.
We should honor the Lord with the entirety of ourselves, our bodies included. Tattooing is how some Christians have chosen to do this. Another verse that is commonly brought up is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, which says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” Again we’re going to take a look at the context of this verse. Here, Paul is warning the people of Corinth about the dangers of sexual promiscuity. He is showing that sexual immorality is a sin against the body, which houses the Holy Spirit, showing that sexual immorality is a sin committed directly against God. It has nothing to do with tattoos at all. It is strictly talking about sexual immorality and nothing else.
I am not saying everyone should get tattoo- just making that clear now. If you don’t want tattoos, then don’t get them and please do not criticize others who do. If you want them, get them- but before you do you have a number of things to ask yourself: Are you being a good steward with you money? Is there meaning behind your tattoo? And most importantly, is it giving glory to God?
Just got back from getting my first tattoo done...
I went to Leviticus Tattoo in Minneapolis off of lake and 41st. I went in there with some sketches of what I wanted and wasn’t really planning on getting anything. I was more there to ask questions and figure out the price for what I wanted to get. Well they asked me if I wanted to get something tonight because they could fit me in. I thought “I’m here, they can do it tonight, fuck it I’ll get it done.” The tattoo I got was the word “Dreamer.” on the underside of my right wrist. Ryan “Opie” Mueller was the artist and I was damn well pleased with his work. He was a really chill guy too. I had a picture of sora from kingdom hearts with me because I wanted to know how much it would cost me. I asked him if he would be comfortable doing something like that. He said he could make it better than the picture looked haha. So I told him I’m going to hold him to his word. Then he had this idea that he wants to do a japanese style sleeve with the picture I had of sora. His idea sounded really badass and pumped me up so I scheduled an appointment for the 21st to get it done. I’m excited to see what he draws up :)
My tattoo is wrapped up right now, but I’ll post pictures when I can.
HURRAY! I finally have decided to make a Tumblr….. it’s long over due. I will be posting up some older tattoos I have done and continue to update with newer works. I will also post up travel info and pictures for those who care :)… Stay tuned!!
All tattoos done by Jessi Lawson, Leviticus Tattoo, Minneapolis, Mn
you are a christian right? I'm just wondering why do you consider yourself having a tatoo? or what is Your point of view when it comes some christian wants to have a tatoo?
Hey there! :) Yep, I am a Christian and yes, I have 3 tattoos. It is biblically okay to get tattoos and I wrote up a whole post about it which can be found here.
Two popular verses that are commonly used in the argument against tattoos are Leviticus 19:28 and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. But you see, these verses are used out of context in this argument.
Long-story-short, Leviticus 19:28 God was telling his people to not tattoo themselves so that they wouldn’t be confused with the pagan nations. We are not bound to the Old Testament laws anymore for Christ brought us the New Covenant. Basically, if you’re going to say getting tattoos are a sin and yet you like your steak medium rare or you get your hair cut, then technically, by your interpretation (out of context), you are also in sin. Again, we are in the New Covenant. Everyone loves to get all jazzed up and throw 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 against tattoos, but the funny part is that in that passage Paul is only addressing sexual immorality and nothing else.
I go a little more in depth in my actual post about it, but I hope this little summary helps a bit! As a personal side note: All of my tattoos have some kind of biblical/spiritual/testimonial meaning and therefore, can be (and has been) used as a witnessing tool to others. :)
I would just like to address the topic of Homosexuality and Christianity. I noticed its getting a lot publicity lately and there are just certain things that bug me.
So today we were having a discussion with my Dad and my Uncle. They started talking about the whole Duck Dynasty thing and Phil Robertson sharing his beliefs. This discussion later lead to the topic of Homosexuality its self. Now as christian, I obviously have my own beliefs about it. Lets cut to the chase, obviously the Bible says stuff against Homosexuality, but how many of those accusing actually read it? My Dad and uncle told me during our discussion that being gay is absolutely disgusting, and used terms such as “faggot.” Saying stuff like God hates gays.“ My uncle listed a few things he believes won’t get you into heaven, and listed being gay right along with being a murder. Obviously this angered me. So here are my beliefs on it.
Okay so the most debated verse in the bible is Leviticus 18:22 which says
"You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”
So this coming from bible is said to be the words from God. Now as a Christian I obviously believe this, I mean it is not just Christianity but many religions around the world that believe these words. Now I do have a problem with the way Christians take this out of context…. Now in the same chapter of Leviticus it discusses other forms of “sexual sins” Such as incest, affairs, sex will on menstruation, bestiality, ect… And the same book Leviticus gives rules about tattoos and other various laws.
The problem is Christians take the law of Homosexuality and put it above everything else. I mean why do we condemn Homosexuality but not incest? or tattoos? I mean essentially Leviticus is saying all of these are sins and that the people shall be put to death… now I don’t see people getting killed for being gay or committing sexual sins here’s why.
See all the things mentioned above in Leviticus are in the old testament and they are “the Law” of God. Now if you don’t know much about Christianity, we believe that Jesus, the son of God came down in human form and died for our sins. So basically in the new testament all the laws in the old testament are not held against you. So you no long are condemned for those sins of the law, which homosexuality is mentioned. Jesus dying on the cross brought us Grace. If you don’t know what that is, Grace is God giving us favor even if we don’t deserve it, which according the Bible we don’t deserve it,
Romans 3:23-24 - all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Jess Christ.
Bascially we are all sinners and don’t deserve Gods forgiveness or mercy, but he gives it to us anyways through love. However it does not say that you should abuse grace and continue doing them. So as to that answer I can saw that yes homosexuality is considered a sin, still and technically shouldn’t be practiced. I however do not believe homosexuality is any worse than any other sin. Read this verse,
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
As we can see there people who are greedy are just as guilty as homosexuals… As a christian I do not believe that homosexuals are any more sinful than I am, and in no way do I deserve Gods grace more than they do. As Christians we are called to love everyone and not pass judgment.
Here’s some great verses that sum up Christianity and the laws we just talked about.
Galatians 5:14 “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mathew 22:39 - "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mathew 7:12 - “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets"
Romans 13:8-10 -Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Luke 6:37 -“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;“
James 4:12 -"There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?”
As you can see we as Christians are called to love everyone and not judge people by sins. Homosexuals are in no way more sinful than ourselves. I call all Christians to remember this verse,
John 8:7 - “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
I in no way can say that homosexuality is no a sin but it is not our place to judge, we are just as sinful as anyone else and should show everyone love. So to all homosexuals out there I apologize for the way Christians treat you.