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Jesus never advocated circumcision.
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?"
St. Paul often condemned circumcising the
flesh, as seen in the following passages:
Galatians 5:2-6: “Pay
close attention to me, Paul, when I tell you that if you have yourselves circumcised,
Christ will be of no use to you. I point out once more to all who receive circumcision
that they are bound to the law in its entirety. Any of you who seek your justification in
the law have severed yourselves from Christ and fallen from God’s favor! It is in the
spirit that we eagerly await the justification we hope for, and only faith can yield it.
In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor the lack of it counts for anything; only faith,
which expresses itself through love.”
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 7:18-19: “Was someone called after he had been circumcised? He should not hide his circumcision. Did the call come to another who had never been circumcised? He is not to be circumcised. Circumcision counts for nothing, and its lack makes no difference either. What matters is keeping God’s commandments.”
See additional New Testament passages listed above under Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 12: 18: “As it is,
God has set each member of the body in the place he wanted it to be.”
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