Summary : ' The Old Testament '

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In the Old Testament, many false religions included self-mutilation as worship. In 1 Kings 18:24-29, the prophets of Baal are described as cutting themselves with swords and spears in worship to their false god. As a result, God made a law against cutting as a form of worship in Leviticus 19:28: “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.”
Later, in the New Testament, cutting oneself was associated with a person who was known as being possessed by demons (Mark 5:2-5). Additionally, the New Testament submits that one’s body should be taken care of: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Teens who cut can find their hope in Jesus Christ. Cutting adolescents do not have to put themselves through suffering because Jesus Christ took all the suffering of the world on himself. The scars of cutting provide only temporary relief; the scars of Jesus’s death on the cross provide everlasting salvation. Hank Spaulding provides a wonderful picture of Christ’s role in relation to the self-mutilator:
Christ overcomes suffering and transforms the wounds of the self-mutilator, but Christ does not want the suffering of the self-mutilator. If this were the case there would be no need for the suffering of the world to be taken on by Christ, and thereby…

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