“But it’s in the Bible!” If one believes Genesis 17, God told Abraham to circumcise himself and his descendants. Only them, and no one else, so as to distinguish Abraham’s line. In other words, God intended **everyone** to remain intact except the Israelites, since anyone else cutting foreskins would be infringing on the special sign God had with Abraham. It was imperative that all others remain intact for this sign of the covenant to work. Which wasn’t a problem, since intact is ideal and circumcised means having sacrificed or been partially sacrificed.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that circumcised is healthier, cleaner or more attractive. Scholars up until the present day recognized circumcision as a solemn, mournful mutilation that destroyed one of the best parts of the body as a sign of Hebrew obedience to God. God wanted circumcision of no one else. God essentially commanded that no one else cut the penis.
When Christianity formed, it emerged as a proselytizing religion, unlike Judaism. Thus, most Christians were not descendants of Abraham. Jesus offered an even better deal: forgo circumcision of the penis, adopt baptism and symbolic “circumcision of the heart”, and receive everlasting life. Or keep circumcising and forgo salvation. Your choice.
It’s frankly insane for American Christians to say they circumcise “because it’s in the Bible.” It reveals subnormal reading skills. Circumcision was for Hebrews and exclusively for Hebrews, otherwise it was meaningless as a covenant sign with them. Any non-Jew who circumcises thus wedges themself between God and Abraham and sullies the covenant. Yes, we get it that you want in on the deal. But Jesus brought a better, clearer deal. So, either convert to Judaism (doctrinal circumcision is available only to them) or keep your sons intact.
Nevertheless, more and more Jews and Christians are waking up to the fact that the story of circumcision and Abraham is apocryphal. The covenant is in Genesis 15. Genesis 17 was a fable made up by Hebrew priests 2,000 years later, and caught the Hebrews by surprise. All were intact when “brought the ancient law”. READ BELOW👇🏻
In honor of #SharkWeek
Do you know which of these is responsible for more deaths? Each year, one claims the lives of 4.2 people worldwide, while the other claims the lives of 117+ babies in the United States alone. One is a tragic accident; the other is completely Avoidable.
#SharkWeek#i2 [Shark Attacks vs. Routine Infant Circumcision]
4.2 fatal shark attacks occurred between the years 2006 and 2010. "Over the past five years (2006-2010), an average of 4.2 fatal shark attacks have taken place each year world-wide. Between 2006 and 2010, a total of 179 shark attacks occurred in the U.S., resulting in three fatalities." * http://oceana.org/en/our-work/protect-marine-wildlife/sharks/learn-act/shark-attack-statistics
Routine Infant Circumcision: "U.S. statistical analysis studies conducted on death from circumcision are drastically under-reported because hospitals are not required to log death due to genital cutting surgery. Genital amputation (circumcision) that causes heart attack, hemorrhage, coma, seizure, stroke, or infection may be coded inappropriately as 'SIDS' or 'heart failure' or 'seizure,' for example, but not specifically due to the bodily trauma experienced as a result of circumcision.
Still, these studies have found approximately 230 baby boys die each year in the U.S. as a result of circumcision surgery. (1) Another study published last week found at least 117 boys die annually from circumcision surgery as it is reported by hospitals. (2) We're not alone in our estimation that there are likely at least twice as many deaths due to circumcision, because of our non-structured and easy-to-cover-up means of infant mortality reporting. But if we are only looking at research-based documentation, we find an average 174 boys die each year with the documented cause being circumcision surgery." * http://www.drmomma.org/2010/05/death-from-circumcision.html
Remember, a baby only needs to lose 1 ounce of blood to hemorrhage, and just 2.3 ounces to die as a result of this blood loss. It can, and does, occur at a frighteningly quick pace. -EW/MM-