In a recent survey, Brazil was named as one of the countries with the highest number of Christians in the world. This increase in demand for evangelical churches is no coincidence: new and more modern churches are springing up every day, attracting young people and people who would never have imagined stepping foot in a church. The rules and dogmas that kept young people away for fear of being deprived of what they love are being abolished. A new style of church has emerged with less rigid doctrines and acceptance of people as they are. tattoos.

There are temples with tattoo parlors, skateboard rinks, MMA octagons, rock, rap and reggae concerts, among others, all designed to make this identification happen.

But it wasn't always like this.

Don't cut yourselves for the dead, or make marks on yourselves. I am the

(Leviticus 19- 28.)

It is this biblical verse that has been used to classify the use of tattoos as a sin. Many traditional churches still follow this interpretation and condemn any body modification. However, in "modern" churches, this interpretation of the isolated verse is no longer used, as it is part of a chapter in which God commands such things for a specific people and not for the world. Apart from the condemnation of marks on the body, God also commands these people not to eat meat, among other things. The new church condemns judging by appearance on the grounds that God looks at the heart.

As a result, church attendance has changed radically. Once a tattooed person is able to enter and attend a service without a scowl or hasty judgment, they feel accepted for who they are and start attending more and more and telling their friends. Even with all the technology, word of mouth is still the most efficient means of communication.

Consequently, the number of tattoos with a religious theme has also increased because, as well as adorning the body, tattoos serve to express some ideal in life, mark moments and pay homage. Tattoo lovers look for symbols, phrases and designs that somehow form part of their life and say something about it, and many express their faith through their tattoos. Some tattoo artists have specialized in the subject and segmented studios have opened up a new avenue for the modification market.

These changes are important for all tattooed people. Every day we fight for tattoos to be seen as art and not as condemnation, whether on the street, in the family, at work or in the religion we choose to follow. It is being prejudiced that is a sin and our society is moving towards this understanding, albeit slowly.

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