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?