10 Christian Angel Tattoo Designs

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This article originally showed a gallery of 10 Christian Angel Tattoo Designs. I don’t have any tattoos myself—but many Christians do. Some believe that for a Christian to have a tattoo is wrong, because of Leviticus 19:28, where it reads:

“You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the LORD.”

There’s an interesting article on the meaning of this verse, it’s context and validity in the New Covenant over at Religious Tattoos. I have deleted the images this post contains, as I now feel I was in error. Whilst I’m not stating that having a tattoo is wrong, I don’t want to glorify it either. If you are a Christian who is thinking about having one, please pray to the LORD Jesus about it first.

Are you a Christian who has a tattoo? Do you think it’s okay by the LORD? What do you think of these designs? I’d like to hear your opinions below…

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18 thoughts on “10 Christian Angel Tattoo Designs”

  1. Jeff
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    Why show tattoos? I thought tattoos were a taboo according to the Bible.

  2. Andrew Kelsall
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    @ Jeff

    I already linked to an article at the top of the page, on how the “No tattoo’s” law was from Moses in the Old testiment here @ http://www.wcg.org/lit/law/otl/otl04.htm

    The article lists the reasons why Christians may have them in the New Covenant, the first reason is here:

    1. Did Old Testament prophets predict that God would make a new covenant with his people? Jer. 31:31-34. Would this be an everlasting covenant? Jer. 32:38-40; Ezek. 16:60-62; 37:26; Isa. 55:3.

    Comment: The prophets predicted a new covenant between God and humans — a new basis of relationship. The fact that a new covenant would be made implies two things about the covenant made at Sinai: 1) The Sinai covenant was temporary, serving a temporary purpose, and 2) it was not complete for God’s ultimate plan and purpose. The new covenant, unlike the one made at Sinai, will last forever. It is designed for eternal life. “If there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another” (Heb. 8:7).

    What was wrong with the first covenant? “God found fault with the people” (verse 8). God foretold this to Moses: “These people will soon prostitute themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake me and break the covenant I made with them. On that day I will become angry with them and forsake them” (Deut. 31:16-18). The people were unable to obey the laws — and since the blessings were conditioned on the Israelites’ obedience, the covenant was limited.

    Why did God make a temporary covenant when he knew the people would not obey the covenant? We will discuss that later. For now, we need to focus on the new covenant.

    The article lists more. I’m still on the fence with this issue. What do ou think after reading it (if time permits)?

  3. Jeff
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    I understand that the “no tattoos law” was from the old testament but I just don’t see what the rationale of calling it Christian Angel tattoo design. It really sounds like an oxymoron.

  4. Andrew Kelsall
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    Hi again Jeff,

    I named the article “Christian Angel tattoo designs” because all the examples come from Religious Tattoos .net, a site that displays Christian body art. Sorry if it feels like an oxymoron-subject to you.

    We’re all entitled to out opinions. Thanks again for commenting…

  5. Skysofly
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    I’m not a fan of tattoos, and although I see your argument for allowing tattoos or approving of them, the same can be paralleled to the Ten Commandments. We may say “well it’s old testament law” and then neglect those specific laws God had given us.

    One of the things that was a sign of separation from the gentiles was the use of markings on the bodies of the “heathens” as they are referred to.

  6. Andrew Kelsall
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    @Skysofly → Yeah, I can see your point there. I’ve been doing some more research on the issue recently, and this article may be worth a read: http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-tattoos.html

    The article is entitled “Is it okay to get tattoos if they are of a Christian nature?”, with the following quote as the conclusion:

    …With that said, the biblically based conclusion would seem to be that Christian tattoos are permissible, but it is highly questionable whether they can be considered beneficial and constructive. A Christian considering getting a tattoo should pray for wisdom (James 1:5) and ask the Lord to provide pure motives and discernment.

    It gave me something to think about…

  7. Sky
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    I’ve actually read that article before when discussing this same issue with friends. Thanks for the refresh! Got questions does a great job on most of their articles.

  8. Dave
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    I actually have a tattoo, that is less than a year old, but have been “saved” for over 15 yrs. I struggled with the idea if it was Ok in my God’s eyes to get a tattoo, as I wanted one but not if it was frowned upon by my lord. I did what all people who have a personal relationship with Jesus do. I asked him, and prayed and waited on his answer before going ahead and getting it done. Obviously if I have gotten one, you know what the answer was. By the way he has not stopped working in me, or using me to bring him glory.
    BTW the tattoo i have is a wooden cross looking like it is protruding my skin in my left arm. I would consider an angel tattoo in the future, only after prayer if I get the answer to do so.

  9. Andrew Kelsall
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    Hi Dave,

    Please read my updated article above. Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  10. raechelle
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    tattoo’s are not something we as “chrisitans” should be getting and jesus would not be appproving these as well , soi have them as well but that was “before” i got saved and i knew i wasnt’ suppose to get them thenand i most def. know how that we wont be put to death for it but we may be punished for it becuase it is a law that we know not to do but do it anyway, as for me i will not get anymore being that im “saved” now!

  11. Andrew Kelsall
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    @raechelle → I can see the argument on both sides, but like you, I plan never to get one done…just in case.

    Thanks for contributing 🙂

  12. pixelsaint
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    Andrew again i salute you brother! Thank you for publicaly admitting about your former view on the taboo markings. You do have the Spirit of Christ. Just a thought… why dont you take that totally of your site so it wont get you traffic as you did with the other topic you mention on the site? Great site by the way and it loads fast! Thumbs up!

  13. Sarah Reynolds
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    I prayed about getting a tattoo done for years, and it wasn’t until my car accident a couple of years ago when I found a tattoo which fit the bill, and I was able to get it done. I believe God was happy for me to get my butterfly/Cross tattoo with the inscription “Romans 8:1-3” on my back. Otherwise he would either have given me the desire not to do so, or I would never have found the right tattoo. I say this because I was 30 when I had the tattoo done, and I had never found the right image until just after my car accident. That’s my own personal experience. I would recommend to anyone looking at getting a tattoo that they pray about it. Seriously Pray about it, as it’s on your body for the rest of your life.

  14. Andrew Kelsall
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    @pixelsaint → I see your point, but the fact that this article still draws traffic is actually a great reason to leave it on my site. I assume most people who find this post via Google will be looking for Christian Tattoo designs. So what do they get instead? …a great discussion about it; something I guess they weren’t expecting. So this article gives people different opinions about the subject, and hopefully educate them so they can make a more informed choice. Thanks for your comment.

    @Sarah → Thanks for your advice to others. It’s a personal choice, but one that should be asked of the LORD first and foremost. Personally, I don’t believe the LORD Jesus would be happy for me to have a tattoo, but out walks with God all differ…

  15. Brian Parker
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    Hi,

    I have found this an interesting series of comments. Thank you.

    I have been a Christian since 1991, and have been a preacher in the Methodist Church for the last 16 years.

    I had my 4 Christian tattoos done over the last 8 years, and I am proud that each one of them is a symbol of Christian witness, especially the fish that I have on my wrist, which is there for all to see. People do ask me about them and I am proud to explain that they are an expression of my faith in Jesus Christ.

    Being a preacher I do have a reasonable understanding of the teachings of the Bible (!) and (as I think someone has already said) the Lord gave the command that we have recorded in Lev. 19:28 because he didn’t want His people to be in any way associated with the practises of pagan groups, but to strive for holiness and obedience to His covenant – God also condemns other pagan practises such as incest and child sacrifice in the Bible.

    I believe that everyone should consider prayerfully what to do if they are considering a tattoo. I also believe that we are to glorify God with our bodies and not abuse what God has created, so we need to know where to draw the line. With my tattoos declaring my faith and my love for Jesus, I believe that God is glorified.

    One final word though – we needn’t think that we will be punished for getting a tattoo if we are a Christian. After all, God gave His Son for us on the cross to pay for our sins and assure us of grace and forgiveness (see Romans 8:1). Whilst this assurance doesn’t give us a licence to sin, it shouldn’t make us live in fear of punishment either.

    At the end of the day, we each have a unique, personal relationship with God and we must do what we feel is right with Him.

  16. Andrew Kelsall
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    @Brian → Thanks for sharing your testimony. It appears you have put a lot of thought into the issue. Its true what you say; its our walk with Jesus that is important, and not just following a set of rules, but everything should be considered with prayer and seek Him before all things.

  17. Ashley Tweeten
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    I am a Christian, I grew up in the church. My parents are both missionaries in Mexico and I have three tattoos. My belief on tattoo’s is that when God said to “not make any cuttings in your flesh on account of the dead or tattoo any marks upon you”, he intended that towards satanic rituals. Before I got my first tattoo, I prayed about it for months, and I spoke to my Pastor about what he thought. It is my belief that when it comes to a tattoo or marking on your body, the meaning of the tattoo is what really matters. My three tattoos have strong meaning to me that will never change. I don’t have anything evil on my body, nor do I have anything stupid on my body. I treat my body as a temple, just as the bible says to do.