Circumcision and the Bible

What does the Bible say about circumcision?  Well, before we answer that question let’s look at the reason for circumcision.

It was a covenant between the Jews and God. However, when they circumcised back then it was a “Blood Letting” and it was not the entire foreskin that was cut off. Cutting the entire foreskin was a decision made by a man and not by God’s command. When Jesus died on the cross he died for Jews and Gentiles which made the covenant unnecessary.

The Bible states:

“Behold, I, Paul, tell you that if you be circumcised, Christ will be of no advantage to you.” – Gal 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.” – Gal 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.” – Phil 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.” – Gal 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 Cor. 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.” – Gal 5:11

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

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor un-circumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.” – Galatians 5:6 (NKJV)

“As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.” “For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.”  – Galatians 6:12 & 13 (NKJV)

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor un-circumcision avails anything, but a new creation.” – Galatians 6:15 (NKJV)

I am no Bible scholar or a pastor, but it seems to me that God is saying it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew, Gentile, Circed, or not Circed, what really matters is your faith and having a personal relationship with Him. Remember, He took the nails for us and was crushed for our iniquities.

The Bible also speaks about us being made in the Image of God, and God made us male and female. I don’t think anybody would disagree that God doesn’t make mistakes, anything dirty, or anything unhealthy. So, that begs to question….”Who are we to alter that Image?”

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8 thoughts on “Circumcision and the Bible

  1. RAnon

    I have read that in the 3 oldest existing copies of the Torah that there is no mention of circumcision being part of the covenant between God and Abraham – the reference to circumcision was inserted some 1000 years later. Unfortunately I do not now have the reference to this claim. Has anyone else heard of it? If true, it rather makes nonsense of the Jewish claim for circumcision to be a necessary rite.


    1. Scott

      If that were true (I am not doubting it), then Christian and Jewish believers would face a conundrum, since it would call great chunks of the Torah and Bible into question. Think about it: all the sections where circumcision is mentioned, especially in the Old Testament, would have to be deleted. The contradictions would be obvious. Which parts does one validate, and by whom? Likewise, Paul and Jesus saying circumcision is no longer needed, would mean circumcision was once in fact needed. Yet, these three missing Torah books don’t mention it. Would that mean parts of the New Testament are wrong too? It would have a chain effect.


      1. Oregon Intactivist Post author

        I see what you are saying, but people don’t generally use the torah when justifying circumcision. Both have always been in question due to non-believers. Either way, using the bible as justification is not right.


      2. RAnon

        I found the source (I think) for my comment in 2012. It was the Jewish writer and academic Dr Leonard Glick, MA, MD, PhD, who is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Hampshire College. He wrote the book “Marked in your flesh “. I am somewhat surprised that this scholarly work has not made more ripples, but then I suppose it suits many people to pretend that it does not exist!


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