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Our Body is a Temple

Lately I have been thinking more about the tattoos I have, should I remove them, add to them or what not. And I have been thinking on the lines that our body is a temple. The general Orthodox stance is against tattoos particularly in regards to the verse “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon: I am the Lord”.

Much of the stance behind this is against the pagan practice of tattooing or pierce in remembrance of the dead. But as Orthodox, we believe that the Saints are alive in Christ, hence the validation to adorn our Temples with the Icons of the stories of the Saints and the life of Christ. So if we are the temples of God, how is it we can validate it one way, but not the other? I know this is more of a logic based question if anything, but would like to gain more insight, particularly in regarding to the early teachings of the Early Church both for and against?

Bigger and better things

I aspire to bigger and better things, but my own sin and weakness gets in the way.

My sin once again prevents me from entering your Holy House, have mercy on me, the greatest among sinners.

Overcoming Addiction: A Scriptual Roadmap

There I had put down the book of the apostle when I got up. I seized it, opened it and in silence read the first passage on which my eyes lit: ‘Not in riots and drunken parties, not in eroticism and indecencies, not in strife and rivalry, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in its lusts'[Rom 13:13-15].

I neither wished nor needed to read further. At once, with the last words of this sentence, it was as if a light of relief from all anxiety flooded into my heart. All the shadows of doubt were dispelled.

— The Confessions of Saint Augustine

St. Lukes Iconostasis Update