This is a sincere question. I am a Catholic. My wife and I were both brought into the Church Easter before last, so I’m not baiting, or anything like that. I’ve been reflecting a lot on Peter and Paul, and their ministries in the beginning. Paul said that Gentiles need only follow certain parts of Mosaic law. My parents were Gentiles. They were not Jews, yet, when I was born, for some reason they had me circumcised, though they were Lutheran, and I was raised Lutheran. Circumcision is a sign of the covenant of the family of Abraham with God. This question is probably silly, and I’m sorry if it is, but I really don’t know after all my bible study so far. Am I a Jewish Christian since I was circumcised, or a Gentile Christian since that is how I was raised? Am I subject to the full spectrum of Mosaic law? Should I eat Kosher, etc.? NOT IN LIEU of my Christianity, but as a PART OF it? Nothing could budge my hard fought Catholicism. That’s not what I’m asking. It is my understanding that the standards of conduct are stricter for Jewish Christians, than for Gentile Christians. How much importance and identity with circumcision is recognized by the Church? Why do Christian parents have their children circumcised? I did this with my son when he was a baby as well. I don’t remember even being asked about it by the doctor? I didn’t even think of it at the time.
I identify and strongly respect our Jewish brothers and sisters. The first Christians were Jews. If a Jewish person converts to Christianity, I’m not so sure it’s a conversion, but rather just finally coming to understand the rest of the story. More of an awakening. The Jews still hold a firm place with God, in spite of the failure of many sects, (most of the existing ones, in fact), to recognize Jesus as the promised Messiah. To be a good Christian, we must at least acknowledge our deeply Jewish heritage.
Again, I apologize if this is too fundamental and naive of a question. I will keep searching the scriptures. I know we’re responsible for what we come to know as the truth. I want to do the right thing.
Yours in Christ,