Tattoos and other sins that could send us all to Hell

Earlier this month the deeply religious Israel Folau, husband of Silver Ferns star Maria Folau (nee Tutaia), attracted widespread condemnation after telling an Instagram commenter that God's plan for homosexuals is "HELL... unless they repent of their sins". 

However some commentators stuck by what he said, saying it was his right to voice his beliefs and he was only quoting the Bible. 

But did you know there are a number of so-called 'sins' in the Bible that majority of people will have broken, including Mr Folau. 


Yes, the increasingly popular tattoo is technically a big old sin.

From the drunken mistake tattoo, to tattoos of cultural or sentimental significance - a lot of people have them, nearly one in five adult Kiwis sport some form of ink to be precise. 

Leviticus 19:28 reads, "You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord".

Even devout Christian Mr Folau has a couple of tattoos of his own - so there are a lot of sinners going straight to Hell for this one. 

Tattoos and other sins that could send us all to Hell
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Eating shellfish

All pescaterians/any seafood lovers - go straight to Hell because you have broken a biggy. 

Leviticus 11:10 reads, "But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you".

Shellfish is loudly and clearly sounded out there - so you might want to reassess your weekend dinner plans if you were going to chow down on a big old seafood platter or shrimp cocktail - they are absolutely off limits. 

Fortune telling

Put your hand up if you like crystal ball gazing, or cracking open a fortune cookie from the Chinese takeaway down the road?

Or are you guilty of reading your horoscope in a trashy magazine while waiting for the doctor, hairdresser, dentist? 

You're a sinner and you're going to Hell for it. 

Leviticus 19:31 reads "Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God".

So you might say, what is the price I pay for this? Leviticus 20:6 tells you.

The passage reads: "As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people".

Wow - harsh.

Having a round haircut

Bye bye hipsters - you're joining The Beatles in Hell for this one, and/or kids whose parents made them endure the unfortunate humiliation of a bowl cut.

Leviticus 19:27 reads: "You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard".

Actually basically any man who has facial hair really and decides to shave it is going to Hell, so in the words of Married At First Sight Australia contestant Ashley Irvin...'See Yah!'

Tattoos and other sins that could send us all to Hell
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Wearing polyester, or any other fabric blend for that matter

Now I like to think God doesn't want us to wear these fabrics because they look cheap and have no warmth value whatsoever. But really it's because they are sinful in nature. 

Leviticus 19:19 reads, "You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together".

So every time you change into your Lycra-spandex blend pants, stripe tops and Nikes and head off to the gym just remember - you are a walking, living, breathing sinner. 


The Bible is quite clear on this one - there is to be no divorcing.

Because when you marry, according to Mark 10:8, you "are no longer two, but one flesh".

Mark 10:9 reads, "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate".

You are locked in and if you break it there is hell to pay, which a few verses down the way is really reiterated. 

Mark 10:11-12, "And He said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery'."

Your wife defending your life in a fight by grabbing your attacker's genitals 

No joke. This is legit and not one but two verses are actually denoted to this in Deuteronomy 25:11-12.

"If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity."

I don't know how many times this situation would actually play out in real life but ladies if you have to resort to such measures, just remember the price to pay for sinning is losing your hand.


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