Theo Galatians & Acts of the Apostles 15

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NT THEO 220-02 Galatians & Acts of the Apostles 15 (Gentile Christians and the Law) Galatians discusses how Christ has set us free, but in it I found parts that were confusing. Paul says that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you and that you must obey the entire law. I’m curious as to why obeying one law means you have to conform to the rest, while others don’t obey any of the Mosaic Laws (but rather accept Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection), and will end up being saved as well. Why can’t you find salvation as a circumcised Gentile? They are like any other person who Jesus has set free, only they have one extra thing (the law of circumcision) going for them. Besides, it’s the norm today for male babies to be circumcised in America, and the Catholic Church doesn’t forbid it. There has to be some reasoning behind why it is acceptable now. Acts 15 talks about circumcision as well. Some argue that you must be circumcised to be
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Unformatted text preview: saved, in accord with Mosaic Law. However, Paul and Barnabas state that you don’t have to be, and that man is saved simply through the grace of the Lord Jesus. I agree with the second view more. I never understood how cutting off a flab of penis skin could make someone closer to or accepted by God. Plus, if men must be circumcised, then why not females as well? Or do women just not have a place in Heaven to begin with? Also, if God didn’t want that piece of skin there because it make a man “unclean” or whatever, then why would he have created the male body with it in the first place? The Council then writes that it would be enough for people to just abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and from sexual immorality. This seems like more realistic requirements because they actually involve ongoing actions of obedience. It demonstrates the persons’ morality and not just their physical characteristics....
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