What Do Birthmarks Mean In the Bible

What Do Birthmarks Mean In the Bible

Many cultures or religions have different connotations when it comes to a person’s birthmark. Some of these interpretations are negative, and some are positive. For instance, some believe that birthmarks are a sign of where a person was injured in a past life– or how they died. One of the religions that has some discourse on birthmarks is Christianity.

Read on to learn more about what birthmarks are and what they can mean or symbolize within the parameters of Christianity and the Bible. 

What Are Birthmarks?

First things first, what qualifies as a birthmark? A birthmark is, by definition, a skin abnormality that is present when a baby is born. A birthmark may also develop soon after a child is born and can still be considered a birthmark then. Typically, these kinds of marks are caused when blood vessels do not form correctly– these are called vascular birthmarks.

The other category of birthmarks is called pigmented birthmarks, and these are caused by an overgrowth of the cells that are tasked with creating the pigment, or colour, in the skin. Birthmarks can either be flat or raised, with irregular or regular borders. Some examples of birthmarks are moles or hemangioma, or strawberry marks. 

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What Do Birthmarks Mean In the Bible?

Below, we will go over some instances of birthmarks and their meaning or symbolism in the Christian Bible. Technically, birthmarks are not referred to outright in the Bible. Instead, they can be translated to “blemishes”.

Denoting Clans 

Birthmarks, as well as other marks that are given at birth– but people are not born with– can be used to denote clans or belief systems. This can be seen in many cultures and religions, not just Christianity. However, for the purpose of this article, we will discuss how it pertains to the Bible specifically. They can also be used to denote certain traditions. 

Connection to Your Source

A connection to your source– God– is another meaning for a birthmark in the Bible. If a mark comes from God Himself, then it is a sign that you belong to Him. This is a special, spiritual sign, and can also mean that people will look to you for guidance. The Bible says that a person with a birthmark is a special possession of God. Circumcision– while not a birthmark that a person is born with– is another similar mark that marks the Jews as special possessions of and important to God.

Protection

Whether you are born with a birthmark or you dream of having one, a birthmark can also be a powerful sign of protection. In the Bible, a birthmark can be symbolic of God’s divine protection. They can assure your heart of no harm– especially when pertaining to a dream– and ward off evil forces like the devil and prevent any sort of spiritual attack from harming you. Birthmarks are said to be a symbol that sends the message “Touch Not”. This is a message from God, as He is protecting you. 

Identification with Christ

This particular meaning for birthmarks pertains specifically to a birthmark that is known as a Mongolian Spot birthmark. A Mongolian Spot birthmark, especially on the left hand, is supposed to serve as a symbol and reminder of a person’s identification with Christ. A Christian is identified with Christ if they believe in His death, burial, and resurrection– all for our sins. Through faith, you are identified with Christ. The Mongolian Spot birthmark is a sign so that a person can confidently realize who they are in Christ. If you doubt the reality of Christ’s sacrifice, then God will send you signs to believe such as a Mongolian Spot birthmark.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the significance of birthmarks?

In many cultures and religions, birthmarks are symbolic and have also been thought to be a form of identification– such as for twin flames or soulmates, so that they can reunite. Birthmarks in different spots can mean different things, too. For example, a birthmark on the head can mean that a person is very intelligent and destined to stand out in their field. Birthmarks can also show where a person has been injured or killed in a previous life, under certain belief systems.

What are the marks of God?

In the Bible, there is something that is referred to as the mark, or marks, of God. This is a seal that is given on the forehead, and can also be inferred to be a birthmark or other similar mark that is given to the people by God. However, the seal is only said to be given to those who believe and make necessary preparations for Jesus’ return. This mark of God was mentioned in the message of the third angel.

What is the legend of the birthmark?

There are many stories that center around a birthmark. One is a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which features a woman called Georgiana and her birthmark on her face. The birthmark is the one blemish upon her perfection and beauty, and it is supposed to be symbolic of her mortality and mark her as mortal. However, her husband, who is the narrator of this story, misinterprets his wife’s birthmark. He believes that it represents her lack of morals– which is untrue– and is repulsed by the mark. He thinks that if he can remove the birthmark as a symbol of transience that he can conquer death.  

What is a birthmark of a believer?

The birthmark of a believer, as according to Christianity, is actually an indelible mark that God placed upon us if we are born again. There are three birthmarks of a believer. These are not found as physical marks upon our body. The first of the three is a person who submits to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. A true believer also seeks the lifestyle of Jesus Christ. Last, but not least, is the third of the birthmarks of a believer. A true believer will show the love of Jesus Christ, loving others as they know Jesus also loves them. 

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Lucas is a former worship pastor and Hillsong College graduate (2005). He has spoken at churches, conferences and worship events and loves inspiring people to be more than just a Sunday service-goer. He founded 15 Degrees NE and is one of our leading authors.

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