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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- Spring '11
- Paul of Tarsus, Mosaic Law, gentile Christians, NT THEO