Team Christ

Yeah, I really hope that Natalie gets kicked off BB9 tonight. But anyway…

The script in this tattoo by Brian at Atomic Age in Mechanicsburgh, PA, reads “This I Know”, like the song, explains the wearer…

I was on a plane leaving the French West Indies after a month-long cross cultural college course. We were headed for Philadelphia, but there was an electrical short in the cockpit when the plane was somewhere over the Bermuda Triangle. The smell of melting plastic and smoke filled the cabin and we thought we were going down for a watery death in the Atlantic. I was terrified with most of the other passengers. One man even wrote up his will a few seats ahead of me.

The college group I was with from Messiah College started singing “Jesus loves me, this i know, for the Bible tells me so.” Hearing that song reaffirmed my faith and brought me a solace I never thought I could feel in a time like that. I told myself that if I lived through the experience, I was going to get that tattooed. That song states such a foundational understanding of my Christianity and because the whole experience tested my faith, I realize how vital my relationship is with my Creator. God brought me through that, and now I have a permanent reminder that I know I am loved.

I’ve heard of plenty of people promising God they’d be good Christians if they survived whatever, but this might be the first time I’ve heard of someone promising God they’d get tattooed if they survived!

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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by BMEzine.com LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by BMEzine.com LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

48 thoughts on “Team Christ

  1. Bermuda Triangle… I wonder if we will ever understand that place.
    On topic, I don’t have much to say about the whole religious experience thing, but its a nice tattoo =p

  2. regardless of religion this is a beautiful tattoo, and a beautiful story behind it. traumatic experiences can easily test one’s faith, believing that if (insert deity here) actually loved you that this wouldn’t happen – it’s nice to see a positive conclusion to such an experience that actually strengthened a person’s faith rather than weaken it.

    a lot of people are quick to point out the shortcomings of various religions, but personally i think this is a strong example of the good they can do.

  3. If you watch BB9 when ED was on he said “EvelDick hates Natalie and hopes she dies. She started Cum Guzzlers for Jesus, where she asks…. What would Jesus swallow?? Jesus answered, “a cyanide pill, please.” “

  4. I like it. It’s a phrase that’s instantly recognizable to almost any English-speaking Christian (not to mention that that song’s also in several other languages that I know of), but to everyone else isn’t super obvious like a cross or something would be. Also, “Jesus loves me”, is really one of the fundamental principles of Christianity and a reminder that a lot of other issues that people create a lot of sound and fury over like politics, science, end/beginning of life issues, sexuality, economics (and body modification hehe) are peripheral.

  5. It’s nice to see other religions such as Christianity represented on BME. It’s a religion that isn’t as accepted in the alternative community. Kind of backwards to mainstream. Either way, it’s a very neat idea for a tattoo and nicely executed, if even simple.

  6. I lost interest in this entry as soon as a read the word “christ”

    I just thought i would post this so you all know. =]

    On a side note.

    What a ridiculous idea religion is. Well, ridiculous to those who follow. Genius idea for those who are part of the establishment. These idiots have money coming out their asses. You only have to take a trip down a highway to see the amount of money that is pumped into building churches across the country….Then when you go there to “worship” you have to pay for the privilage(sp). Haha. It makes me laugh.

    Well, each to their own i guess.

    =]

  7. religion, at it’s best, is a tool for self improvement.
    religion, at it’s worst, is an assemblage of the self satisfied.

    david, explain to me why religion is rediculous? is it because we follow a leader who’s example we desire to emulate?

    what else is school. what else is life?

    men of vision and women with good ideas deserve acclaim, and a man who was willing to be tortured and killed for his convictions that also, by the way, just happen to be a really great way to live anyones life, why the hell shouldn’t people follow him?

    sheep is thrown around like an insult, but it shouldn’t be.
    sheep are among the stupidest of Gods animals, but they have the good sense to follow a good leader.

    why then should people mock the sheep for choosing such a good shepherd?

  8. @11 You’re right on David. However, rather than making me laugh, it makes me sad and angry to see people get suckered by religion. Religion is the most wicked and destructive force in human society and I will celebrate the day when it is completely abolished (not that that’s likely to happen any time soon, unfortunately; but it’s a goal worth working for!)

  9. There is no “Atomic Age” in Mechanicsburg, but there is an “Atom Age”. A couple of my friends worked there, but their artists seem to be leaving in droves.

  10. i knew this would end up in a discussion about religions
    the tattoo on itself is beautiful and the sory behind it to for that person
    but christianity (and here it comes) is not a tool for self improvement its a thought the tool was and stil is for some parts to keep humanity in pace
    heather jesus was a punk like any other bastard on the world who doesnt like his religion so he does some parlor tricks gets killed by bitching about his god/father (hehe pun)
    and 100 years later some people write about it and tadaa the bible is born. later people never got the choice like now in what religion they wanted to be it was christianity or dead actualy they are stil wars in the name of “god” but anyway. people now are forced to christianity by being baptised as a child and so no wonder they are the bigges religion.
    I’m getting to deep, it doesnt matter what the faith is of this person the deeper meaning of the tattoo is wonderfull making a promise of faith and holding to it and in the end he can say that tattoo is a sign of the day i got saved by the “lord” in a plane over a piece of ocean imbedded with mystery

  11. “If you just want to prove that you can say the meanest thing about something you don’t understand, go somewhere else. This is a community of friends, and the IAM/BME TOS applies here”.

    -why are we bashing religion and those who follow it sincerly again?

    anyway …
    … I love it.
    hope it inspires others …

  12. No one is attacking the atheists here, so why the attacks on the religious? Can’t we all just realize that this world is diverse and celebrate the diversity. I mean, if it wasn’t for accepting diversity, body modification would never have entered the mainstream. I am a Christian, but I respect and defend any atheist’s right to have their beliefs. I find comfort in my religion and I remain a productive member of society, so why should my beliefs affect anyone else? It’s all about live and let live.

  13. Because every new post serves as a moment where new attacks can be made in the name of freedom of speech. I can type, therefore I’ll say whatever hits my mind.
    :|

    I agree with live and let live.
    And the boy does have nice hair… ;)

  14. I’m not really religious at all, and I don’t think you have to be or should be to find this tattoo touching. The story behind it is sweet an inspirational, and I really find it sad that people have to rag on others for what they believe or find solace in.

  15. I do like the actually tattoo itself. But Jesus did nothing to save you. The pilot did. The pilot saved your life and in typical Christian way he didn’t get any praise for saving all your lives.

  16. Im glad he enjoys his tattoo and it means so much to him. Thats the most important thing about it. Religion and finnding faith in a non existant god or higher entity just turns me off.

  17. the exsistance of a god or a higher being is simply beyond human intellect.. and if you want to say religion is evil you only need to look at the china and tibet struggle atm in our news..

    some of the comments here display this via writing with aggression and fear.

    we all want to live peacefully and in harmony so no need to pull down another’s beliefs or thoughts – i have never had holy water thrown over me but i cant wait to have jesus tattoo’d into my chest – why? because i like the idea of treating others equally and with kindness – i like what jesus stood for in the stories we hear – i aint got a clue if he ever rose from the ground or was to son of a god – it is about having integrity and something to stand for – a foundation – it is an image that i can identify with and will remind me that i am human..

    i think your ink rocks and it will always stand the test of time for you and that is all that matters..

    skippy love from the agnostic one.

  18. religion is not evil.
    religion is amoral – it is a path. the hammer is not generous as it builds a house, or evil as it smashes in the skull of an innocent.

    how many atheist humanitarian organizations? how many agnostics have suffered to aid those that hate them the most?
    yeah, religion sure is evil.
    those sons of bitches, fighting injustices throughout history…

    and yes, religion is a double edged sword, but anyone who can’t see that a double edged sword cuts both ways is a fool.

    i guess the main issue of the debate is that science and both religion both claim a monopoly on truth when they are both different methods of working out the same problems.

    also, “Religion and finnding faith in a non existant god or higher entity just turns me off.”

    are you kidding me?
    there is a reason that people call atheism the worship of ones self of smug superiority.
    this guy gets a rad tattoo that means something to him and you’re like “oh yeah, as long as you like your tattoo that is what matters. if you were as smart as me, you’d know that your god doesn’t exist and that you’re an idiot. who cares if it improves your life, or if it’s a matter of faith and not fact and it can’t be disproved or proved.”

    bme is pretty rad but the fanclub can get pretty lame

  19. “and if you want to say religion is evil you only need to look at the china and tibet struggle atm in our news..”

    Um, where Chinese troops — from a regime that discourages religious expression, e.g. Falun Gong — are beating the crap out of monks and other Buddhists? That China/Tibet struggle? Yes, darn those silly Tibetans for trying to practice their nonviolent religion, which includes a whole lot of… um, sitting silently on the floor.

    Every day an eye-opener on Modblog, huh? I’m just gonna enjoy the hot man with the great hair and nice tattoo.

  20. LadyCrow – That is what I am saying – Trying to imply that religion in its purest form promotes peace and respect – it is only modern man that corrupts.

  21. i’m by no means a religious person in the traditional sense, but i absolutely loved this entry. first thing one on modblog that brought me to tears, actually. cock and ball torture? not even a wince. mad love for god? start to cry. thanks shannon.

  22. I try to refrain from posting on modblog these days, and to be honest I’m not even sure if this will get through moderation, but I had to say something about this:

    “i guess the main issue of the debate is that science and both religion both claim a monopoly on truth when they are both different methods of working out the same problems.”

    No, they are not. Not even close. Religion wants to be given equal weight to science – especially in the form of creationism – without having to conform to all those pesky things that scientific theories have to conform to in order to be taken seriously, like… oh, I dunno, rationality, logic, research and evidence?

    Also, the idea that a theory holds water because it cannot be disproved is totally fallacious.

  23. “No, they are not. Not even close. Religion wants to be given equal weight to science – especially in the form of creationism – without having to conform to all those pesky things that scientific theories have to conform to in order to be taken seriously, like… oh, I dunno, rationality, logic, research and evidence?”

    religion is not an active force. it wants nothing.
    science is the same.
    religion is a path to understanding, and science is the same.
    one looks to the inside, and one looks to the outside.
    they are rival brothers and neither will ever win or lose because neither hold the key to true understanding.

    grow up, athiests. religion is not bible thumping fag hating “christians,” religion is established religion. it is manyfaceted and some sides shimmer and some sides are horrible and black and dark. religion will not fly my planes and land them safely, but that is not its purpose.
    science is not nazis butchering orphans in cruel mockeries of legitimate experimentation. science is a system of understanding phenomena by breaking them down until we can hopefully grasp the causes and effects and the why’s and hows of what is happening. science will not save your soul, or bring you solace in your time of need, but that is not its job.

    oh man i sure hope my controversial opinions will pass moderation….

  24. Heather:

    That’s not actually what I meant, although my phrasing was not particularly clear. How about:

    “The adherents of religion want it to be given equal weight…”? That’s what I was getting at.

    I agree for the most part that religion has no inherent evil to it. Your description of science as “a system of understanding phenomena by breaking them down until we can hopefully grasp the causes and effects and the why’s and hows of what is happening” is a good one, but that same description cannot be applied to any religious doctrine or organisation.

    Religion has no methodology and doesn’t find the answers to anything in any realistic sense. You can’t just throw a bunch of random illogical shit out there as an explanation for how the world works and rely on the fact that it can’t be disproven as a justification for its plausibility. Well, you can, but don’t expect your whacked-out ideas to be given the same weight as those that have been logically and meticulously researched on the basis of real evidence.

    That is why I objected to your statement that that religion and science are “both different methods of working out the same problems”.

  25. Also, I don’t think that scientists claim a monopoly on truth to nearly the same extent that Christians and other theists do. Compare:

    Evolutionist: Given the evidence, this is the most likely way that humanity came into existence. Evolution is a theory but it’s the closest fit we have.

    Creationist: Given no evidence whatsoever, this ABSOLUTELY IS WHAT HAPPENED. It is not a theory; we know for a fact that this happened.

  26. Can’t people just enjoy the tattoo and keep their ranting debates to themselves?
    No one’s opinions are going to change because of this bitching, so whats the point?
    I’m an atheist, to be honest I have similar opinions to most of the people bashing christianity, but I have enough respect for other people’s beliefs and lives to keep my damn mouth shut about it!

    Why not just stop stirring up trouble and just enjoy the tatt and the awesome hair. ^_^

    although as a side note i think he should get a second tattoo of the pilot’s name. XD

  27. “That is why I objected to your statement that that religion and science are “both different methods of working out the same problems”.”

    religion is how some people choose to understand life, and science is how some choose to understand life.
    the reasons you’re here, your place in this world.
    they are both methods of working out the same problems.

    Religion has no methodology and doesn’t find the answers to anything in any realistic sense. You can’t just throw a bunch of random illogical shit out there as an explanation for how the world works and rely on the fact that it can’t be disproven as a justification for its plausibility. Well, you can, but don’t expect your whacked-out ideas to be given the same weight as those that have been logically and meticulously researched on the basis of real evidence.

    religion had many different methodology to finding many different problems, and finds a lot of realistic answers in support for various causes around the world.
    but struggling with issues like the nature of man, or whether or not abortion is immoral aren’t questions with quantifiable variables – expecting solid, real, absolute facts in religion is foolishness. you’d never expect your romantic partner to quantify their love for you and prove it at every turn. it changes every day and grows and flows and ebbs.
    science can never tell you how to live a good life – any “good” atheist can not argue their morality based on science because you cannot base morality around science.

    i’m throwing nothing out there but what i believe to be the truth and what works for me, and i am saying my faith makes me happy and makes me a better person and that that is realistic and solid and enough for me.

  28. Hi, my name is something or other and I am a follower of Christ who likes to read ModBlog.

    If I am ever fortunate enough to meet the wearer of this tattoo, I will give him a hug and rejoice with him because of his faith. He just seems like a cool guy, you know? I mean, he goes to another continent to get a different perspective on life, and then commemorates his more-important-than-his-life faith with the beauty of a needle and ink. I hope to soon join him.

    On this whole “Science v. Religion” thing, why is there even a conflict? The creation declares clearly about its Creator, but not everyone will listen. So guess what? Only those that listen get to hear the message. Study Science, and you get to hear more of this message than someone who does not. Besides, any written Biblical account of creation is written from and for theological purposes, not for hard science. For a more scientific account, study science.
    This is only to my fellow followers of Christ: Please stop making God on your side and hurting those not (yet) among us, if you are. You are really only bringing dishonor to our family. Thanks to those that won’t do these things.

    /goes on singing about that “…typical tat-too green…”

  29. omg love the hair
    n very meaning ful tattoo, looks great ;)

    btw any chances of more pics of ur hair?
    like email them to me? or myspace?
    cheers
    im lewp91@hotmial.com / myspace.com/lewpage
    =]
    (sorry to sound like im negectiong ur tattoo i just want ur hair lol)

  30. yeah sure does suck this internet community has interesting discussions eh?

  31. Wow…this guy isn’t all that far from me… I’d love to meet him. That’s a really deep tattoo. I doubt I’ll ever be able to see that song in the same light anymore. Brownie points to the guy as well for being that open about his faith. So many people hide theirs. These people that hide are asking to be mocked.

    But seriously. Why must you constantly bash others for personal beliefs(if you are the one bashing that is) ? This guy chose to get a tattoo because it means something to him, NOT because he thinks YOU, the reader, has to believe too. And somehow you get offended. You’re really not much better than the person who is supposedly pushing their beliefs on you. Obviously, you’re insulted… so you feel the need to whine incessantly. Why? By telling someone who believes something else to shut up, or by making fun of them, you are doing to them what you would NEVER want happening to you. So freaking get over it and go make fun of the real idiots in the world, and let someone like this believe… for when we have nothing to believe in, and we give up our personal beliefs and identity, we have nothing left. Whether Christianity is true or not isn’t the point of my argument either. A person can believe anything and get bashed for it. The bashing comes from an unwillingness to look beyond oneself… to see the other as another individual with their own values. It’s pretty sad to watch.

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