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Circumcision--Biblical Understanding

Congratulations! You're having a baby boy! What an exciting ride! But now you need to take some time and look into circumcision.

Your baby is depending on you to really look into this sensitive topic. Really take the time to throw off cultural expectations and dig into God's truth about this topic.

Circumcision, in the Bible ages, was much different than the circumcision we see today. Biblical circumcision was a simple nick in the foreskin - not the complete amputation of the foreskin, as invented later.  “The original Biblical circumcision of Abraham's time was a relatively minor ritual circumcision procedure in which only the redundant end of the foreskin extending beyond the tip of the glans was removed.”

More information on the original form and purpose of circumcision can be found in these two links: here and here.

The covenant of circumcision was fulfilled upon Jesus' own circumcision. Baptism has now replaced the covenant of circumcision under the new covenant.

Currently, we do not subscribe to Old Testament law like not mixing fabrics, or consuming yeast, and we do not have to sacrifice animals for our sins.  Circumcision is an Old Testament law and is absolutely not required by Christianity.

In fact, the Bible commands us NOT to mutilate our bodies, and that God would rather have you obey His commandments than be circumcised.

Circumcision does not get anyone any closer to Heaven, and there is no reason to do it Biblically or medically.

“Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you be circumcised, Christ will be of no advantage to you.” –Galatians 5:2

“And even those who advocate circumcision don’t really keep the whole law. They only want you to be circumcised so they can brag about it and claim you as their disciples.” – Galatians 6:13

“For there are many who rebel against right teaching; they engage in useless talk and deceive people. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. They must be silenced. By their wrong teaching, they have already turned whole families away from the truth. Such teachers only want your money” – Titus 1:10-11

”Watch out for those wicked men – dangerous dogs, I call them – who say you must be circumcised. Beware of the evil doers. Beware of the mutilation. For it isn’t the cutting of our bodies that makes us children of God; it is worshiping him… with our spirits.” – Philippians 3:2-3

“And I testify again to every male who receives circumcision, that he is in debt to keep the whole Law. You who do so have been severed from Christ…you have fallen from grace.” – Galatians 5:3

“As God has called each man, in this manner let him walk. And thus I command in all the churches. Was any man called in the circumcision [Old Covenant]? Let him not try to become uncircumcised. Has anyone been called in the uncircumcision [New Covenant in Christ]? Let him not be circumcised! Circumcision is nothing. And uncircumcision is nothing but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let each man remain in that condition in which he was called.” – 1 Corinthians 7:17

“And some men came and were teaching the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.’ But Paul and Barnabas together had great dissension and disputing with these men. . . Then Peter stood up and said to them ‘Why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?” – Acts 15:1-2, 7, 10

“But if I still proclaim circumcision. . . then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.” – Galatians 5:11

“I wish that those who are pushing you to do so would mutilate themselves!” – Galatians 5:12

Find out more about circumcision at Your Whole Baby.

Here is a round up of articles that look at the topic from a Christian worldview.

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