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A plain statement by the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) about circumcision (keep in mind that Paul was a circumcised Jew when he said this):
"5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?" (Galatians 5:1-7 KJV)
Did Paul Change Something?
Consider what Paul said in the quote above with the original command by the LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') to righteous Abraham regarding circumcision:
"17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect [see Perfection]. 17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
When Abraham was circumcised, at the age of 99, he had already lived a righteous life for nearly a century - uncircumcised. Abraham was born in what is today Iraq, a nation regarded as "gentile" by the Jews of today. And yet Abraham was the "gentile" who became a key ancestor of the people of Judah. What was the point of having a righteous old man circumcised? Because he was "the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised."
"4:1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Circumcision was given, as a sign, to a specific people, for a specific time, for a specific purpose. Circumcision isn't wrong, it's just unnecessary for righteousness. What did the apostle Paul, the Jew Paul, say about circumcision's relevance to Christianity? What did he say is important for righteousness in the eyes of the LORD, just as it was to righteous Abraham during the nearly 100 years that he lived before he was circumcised as a physical sign of inner righteousness? Did Paul change something regarding circumcision? Answer - no. It has always been about obeying God. Obeying God's Commandments is what made the "uncircumcised gentile" Abraham righteous before he was circumcised and obeying God's Commandments is what kept Abraham righteous after he was circumcised.
"7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the Commandments of God. 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called." (1 Corinthians 7:19-20 KJV)
Fact Finder: What other physical signs of righteousness have erroneously been made into "righteous" ends in themselves?