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Paul was brought up in Jerusalem and "trained in the school of Gamaliel according to the strict interpretation of our ancestral law," (Acts 22:3).
"They will cleave to the name of a dead man, thinking that they will become pure. But they will become greatly defiled and they will fall into a name of error, and into the hand of an evil, cunning man and a manifold dogma, and they will be ruled without law."
"And there shall be others of those who are outside our number who name themselves bishop and also deacons, as if they have received their authority from God. They bend themselves under the judgment of the leaders. Those people are dry canals."
3. Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is within you and it is outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty.
18. The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us, how will our end come?" Jesus said, "Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death."
53. His disciples said to him, "is circumcision useful or not?" He said to them, "If it were useful, their father would produce children already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become profitable in every respect."
Today, while non-therapeutic male circumcision
remains common in some places, as a general prac-
tice it is forbidden in Catholic teaching for more
basic reasons of respect for bodily integrity. The
Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "Except
when performed for strictly therapeutic medical
reasons, directly intended amputations, mutilations
and sterilizations performed on innocent persons
are against moral law" (No. 2297).
Elective circumcision clearly violates that stan-
dard. It is an amputation and mutilation, and, to my
knowledge,... no significant medical group in the
world defends it as having any therapeutic value.
In 1999 the Council on Scientific Affairs of the
American Medical Association stated that neonatal
circumcision is non-therapeutic because no disease
is present and no therapeutic treatment is required.
Originally posted by Grandma
This source is a part of the gnostic viewpoints. What I have a little problem with is that but not everyone was privileged to have it. Indeed, not all human beings were considered complete. Most of them were only bodies devoid of souls, destined to die without leaving a trace. It is my belief that ALL of us have this SPARK of the divine spirit and all of us through our humbled walk with our savior will be on a path if we ask for spiritual wisdom to understand the real message. I JUST CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT THEE WOULD CREATE HUMAN BEINGS DESTINED TO DIE WITHOUT A SOUL, IS THAT A LOVING GOD?