Is Circumcision Necessary?

  • Is Circumcision Necessary
    Is Circumcision Necessary

    Is it Necessary to circumcise?

We need to put this into context for today, to answer this question is circumcision really necessary. There has been worldwide practice of this for many centuries, mostly as a tribal initiation, or religious ceremony.  For the Jews being circumcised (Brit Milah) signified acceptance into the faith and it usually happened after the infant’s first week  (the 8th day) of life.

  • Physical Reasons for Circumcision.

The original practical reason for being circumcised was to remove a potential lodging place for germs or disease. With the level of understanding of personal hygiene now prevalent in the developed world there is no real reason for this any more. Removing a significant number of sensory receptors from the male organ can only inhibit the full range of physical sensation. It is a needless mutilation.

  • Baptism = Circumcision

For today’s Christian, circumcision is what happens when we are baptized – as the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Romans; ” 29  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.”  And also to the Colossians in chapter 2; “11  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,  12  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.”

  • Circumcision Of The Heart

So the symbolic purification represented by being circumcised is therefore superseded by the sacrament of baptism. The old testament Jewish ritual of Circumcision is now fulfilled by the sacrament of baptism, and in spiritual terms equates to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

  • Conclusion

The answer to this question; “is circumcision really necessary”, is plainly no!

4 thoughts on “Is Circumcision Necessary?

  1. i dont understand why every one has to argue
    there is one thing we all should agree on
    that you must be borned again/saved
    believe in jesus christ and live your life to please him
    thats only way to heaven
    god bless have a great day

  2. Friend ,
    You err greatly in equating water baptism with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The120 in the upper room, Acts 2, were baptized in the Holy Spirit not with water. Study the book of Acts more closely please.
    Dr. Huba

    1. @ Dr H

      Please read the post carefully BEFORE commenting. I said; “that the ritual of Circumcision is now fulfilled by the sacrament of baptism, and in spiritual terms equates to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Study the post more closely please!

      😎 – Rhys

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