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Should a Christian son be circumcised?

 

Yes

Genesis 17:11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.

Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Circumcision was commanded by God as part of his covenant. Jesus said he did not come to do away with the law, that first covenant. I want to honor that command.


John 14:15 "If you love me, you will obey what I command.

1 John 5:3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

The Bible repeatedly states that loving God means obeying his commands. I love God and I will do everything I can to obey his commands, even the command to circumcise.


Luke 2:21 "And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb."

Jesus was circumcised and we are called to follow him. He is our model.


No

Romans 2:25, 26 Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. If those who are not circumcised keep the law's requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised?

Romans 2:28, 29 A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code.

Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Galatians 6:15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation

It is not the outward sign that is important, it is the heart. I cannot, by circumcising my son, make him love and serve God.


Colossians 2:11-12 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

Galatians 2:15, 16 "We who are Jews by birth and not 'Gentile sinners' know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.

Righteousness does not come from circumcision or by following the Law. It comes from putting faith in Christ Jesus. Paul told those who were not circumcised that they did not need to become circumcised to be right with God.


Galatians5:2-4 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.

I cannot pick and choose what parts of the law I want to follow. If I think I am being righteous by having my son circumcised then I also need to make sure I am following every letter of that law. Regarding my son, the circumcision should be on the 8th day and I need to pay money to the temple to redeem him if he is the first born. Then I need to continue through the rest of the law to ensure I am following the entire law.

Linda's Thoughts: There are many concerns about this. I base my my belief on this. We acknowledge and carry symbols of the death of Jesus like the cross but there are no symbolic signs of his birth beyond the holiday. Jesus was circumcised at birth. I feel why should my son be exempt from circumcision. I think just like we wear the cross he should carry the mark of circumcision on his body from birth to mark him as born into a family of faith.

Anonymous Responses: St. Peter dismissed circumcision as unnecessary and disadvantageous in Acts 15:10, "And now are you going to correct God by burdening the Gentiles with a yoke that neither we nor our fathers were able to bear?"
Philippians 3:2-3: Beware of unbelieving dogs. Watch out for workers of evil. Be on guard against those who mutilate. It is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus rather than putting our trust in the flesh.
1 Corinthians 12: 18: As it is, God has set each member of the body in the place he wanted it to be.
Circumcision for Christians is unnecessary, and New Testament Scriptures warn against it. If circumcision is necessary because Jesus was circumcised, then it follows that since Jesus was crucified, I should believe in crucifixion.
Biblical circumcision was vastly different from modern day circumcision, but most people don't realize this. See how they differ at: Biblical Circumcision vs. Modern Circumcision: Escalation of a Ritual at http://www.fisheaters.com/circumcision2.html

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