"Death is near; Why you tear?, Our life is sealed,It 'll be peeled.Birth opens the new, death closes the other.How ever you are pure' the end is sure". Hai Pals, to day is All souls day. A day to remember departed souls by alll christians.While I too was praying for the departed soulsat a cemetry in Cochin, the mentioned above few lines came to my mind. Friends, "are you all ready to face the reality"-Xavier.
Answers from the Bible
Questions about Circumcision
Circumcision is as controversial today as it was in New Testament times. Then, as now, it could tear marriages and families apart. Fortunately, insights we can gain from the Bible about circumcision can guide us today.
What is circumcision?
Circumcision cuts off the foreskin, the sexually sensitive sleeve of tissue that normally covers and protects the head of the penis.
Is circumcision today the same as circumcision in the Bible?
No. The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion traces the origin of per'iah (the baring of the glans) to the time of Hadrian (A.D.132-135):
Many Hellenistic Jews, particularly those who participated in athletics at the gymnasium, had an operation performed to conceal the fact of their circumcision (1 Maccabees 1.15). Similar action was taken during the Hadrianic persecution, in which period a prohibition against circumcision was issued. It was probably in order to prevent the possibil ...more