Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cat Man

Cat Man - the human 'tiger' who enjoys climbing trees and eats raw meat every day

As obsessions go this has to be one of the weirdest known to man - someone who would voluntarily file his teeth, split his lip and undergo extensive facial surgery - to turn himself into a “human tiger”. Dennis Avner, 54, is descended from American Indians, and has spent “an uncalculated amount” of money on making himself look like a big cat, after a discussion with a Native chief who inspired him to 'follow the ways of the tiger'.

He passed away recently and the cause of death was unknown.

When I saw this kind of weird photo and decided to write about the teaching of the Bible on this topic, I remembered what my youngest daughter said to me, “Dad, don’t post any grotesque photos in your blog”.

Sorry Rachel, dad believes this writing will help the readers better understand what the Bible says on the topic of “body disfigurement” issues.

We read in, Leviticus 19:28

“Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am Jehovah.”

The ancient people were very violent in the expression of their grief when mourning for the dead, such as tearing their hair and face, beating the chest, etc.

Tattooing was practiced in ancient Egypt and was connected with superstitious notions. Any voluntary disfigurement of the body was in itself an outrage upon God’s workmanship.

All the castes of the Hindus bear on their foreheads or elsewhere what are called the sectarian marks, which distinguish them from each other, not only in a civil but also in a religious point of view.

Most of the barbarous nations lately discovered have their faces, arms, breasts, etc., curiously carved or tattooed, for superstitious purposes in honor of idols they serve.

In the Book of Revelation (13:16, 13:17, 14:9, 14:11, 15:2, 16:2, 19:20, 20:4), false worshippers are represented as receiving in their hands and in their forehead the marks of the beast. These were called στιγματα stigmata among the Greeks, and to these the apostle Paul refers when he says, “I bear about in my body the Marks (stigmata) of the Lord Jesus” in Galatians 6:17.

I have seen many people have tattooed the figure of the cross, the Virgin Mary, etc., on their arms, chests, and necks etc., the skin being first punctured with a sharp needle, and then a blue coloring matter rubbed in, then it is permanently effaced unless surgically removed by a laser or something. All these were done for superstitious purposes, and the prohibition in this verse refers to such things.

All I can say is, “ Jehovah God says ‘No’ to this, so I will not do such things on my body.”

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