Blessed love all!!
Ises for the interesting reasonings on the matter. I appreciate them.
As far as judge lest I be judged. I love and welcome all judgement, most especially that of the most high. It is my love of the order & principles of righteousness that guides InI, and keeps the world in perfect turn. I've said on many occasions let fiyah blaze and catch me, I don't mind... even if it may smite I. Selah. It's the truth which I love, regardless of where I stand near to it. This knowledge makes we better, cos at the end of the day we strive. And the beauty is that through judgement Zion will reign again. I've even said before, if I'm in the number... great. If not, well it's the clean & pure in heart that make it through. That is the word. Selah.
Plus, I'm not judging anyone. This is a reasoning room. I can't see anyone, and none can see me. The purpose of reasoning is to elevate our overstanding of the order & principle of Rastafari. An elevated overstanding will promote fleshical manifestation in the aspiration to live up. People will do what they will do, quite simply. But RasTafari know what to promote and endorse as righteousness, different from an all encompassing compromising acceptance.
And I hate to break it to the I, Sistrin 10... but just about anything can be justified with Bible passages. Not to criticise the Bible itself... but this use of justifying every little thing in Bible passages is outmoded now... after all, shall we really start naming all the folly that has been justified by people who wish to use the Bible to justify anything? No, it's not necessary. But what I am saying is that the truth lies within. Paul did not leave that text specifically to justify getting tattoos in a new iwah. There was a point within his declaration, which was probably not much to do with body marking as a practice.
The bottom line is that as RasTa we're not supposed to go in a tattoo shop and get a tattoo.
p.s. Just so you lot know, I don't sit here cussing into my pc screen. you guys always read more heat into what I'm saying, than the heat I put in. I'm quite a blunt person, that's all... I guess it must be the wordsound power! lol ;)