To the Christians in Misr (Egypt)
To the Christians in Misr (Egypt),
Dear brethren and sisters, if your conscience does not condemn you, and if there is danger of kids denying their faith, then it is permissible to have a (regular, simple) cross tattooed unto their arm.
The LORD wants that His Word get marked into the heart and mind of His people. That means, you need to teach your kids to memorize the Bible starting at a young age.
This is the real marking that would ensure your kids would not deny their faith. The markings in the flesh are only superficial, they may carry the flesh-marking and deny the LORD by living in ungodliness (the same way that many people carry names of the Apostles -like, Peter- yet many such people live in ungodliness). Just like a name, a marking in the flesh does not “seal” your kid unto the faith. Even if they don’t go to another religion, they may still go to an ungodly lifestyle (like how they live in the cities, with the screens and entertainments and magazines, pre-occupied with wealth and personal comforts and not the righteousness of the LORD).
Hear, O [Church, all who live in Christ]: the LORD our God is one LORD.
And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul and with all your might.
And these words, which [God commands you in the day of Christ], shall be in your heart:
and you shall teach [the Word of God] diligently unto your children and shall talk of [the Word of God] when you sit in your house*, and when you walk by the way, and when you lay down, and when you rise up.
And you shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets** between your eyes.
* while you are alive inside your fleshly body (“house” of this world), and/or when you are in Church (“house” of next world)
** frontlets: a long ribbon of cloth worn around the head, upon the cloth is carried Words from the Bible. (I think most people have seen resemblances of that, but written with other words, either for political causes, or for other religions).
The frontlets are from the Old Testament. Most of what was said in the Old Testament are a shadow of things to come. So, in the light of Christ and re-reading the Old Testament, with a spiritual understanding rather than merely flesh-understanding as was the limitation in Judaism, Christians are not to wear frontlets and write the words upon the cloth, rather Christians are to take the entire Bible as a “frontlet”, and “wear” it around the mind, by memorizing the entire Bible and remembering it constantly.
Behold, the days will arrive, says the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah … I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jeremiah 31:31, 31:33
Psalm 119 (the best Psalm, because it teaches to memorize the Bible)
Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against [God].
I will delight myself in thy statutes, I will not forget thy word.
So please teach your kids to memorize the Bible, starting at a young age. Most of the Early Christians (33 AD – 311 AD) memorized the entire Bible.
As much as possible, keep your body clean of any tattoos or any markings. If your conscience permits, then at the most, a small simple undecorated cross. However, that is not effective at keeping your kids in the faith, because God wants us to etch His Word unto our hearts and minds. Any tattoo in the flesh of the body, is like carrying a name named after a Bible-person, it’s only a reminder, reminding the person of the Word that’s in him, if there is any. If no Word is in the person’s heart, then the reminder doesn’t remind of anything.
If the person keeps the Word in his heart, then he remembers the Word and stay with his faith (with or without a reminder).
So it’s always good to memorize the Bible, starting with the New Testament.
The Christians should memorize all of the Bible, especially since there are other people who memorize other books. Why should the Christians not memorize the true Word and all of it?
May the wisdom and spiritual understanding of our LORD God increase with you, O Christians in the Land of the East.