Don’t like your circumcision? Sin. It’ll grow back (according to the Apostle Paul)

On Facebook I follow a page called Godless Engineer. Said “Godless Engineer” often posts humorous criticisms of religion. A few days ago they posted the following image:



Of course, knowing me, I looked it up. And it’s there. The Apostle Paul writes, “For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.” –Romans 2:25. This is one of the most absurd things in the bible, so I did some digging.

This verse has been interpreted to mean that being a Jewish man alone isn’t enough. Being circumcised is merely a ritual. Getting to heaven requires righteousness. On the other hand, being righteous alone is not enough; as Romans 4:11 shows us, a righteous man must also cut the tip of his junk off. But that’s just an interpretation. If this interpretation is correct then the people who wrote the bible went out of their way to throw absurdities into it. Couldn’t they just say, “Circumcision is not enough” and be done with it? Why the imagery of the foreskin growing back, Paul?!

Bible literalists have not the benefit of interpretation. The bible literally says that if you are circumcised and break god’s law, then you will no longer be circumcised. Your foreskin will grow back. Unfortunately for Paul, there is no mention of this phenomenon in the medical literature.

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5 Responses to Don’t like your circumcision? Sin. It’ll grow back (according to the Apostle Paul)

  1. Here is what Romans 2:25 actually says:

    “25 Circumcision, to be sure, is of value, so long as thou keepest the law; but if thou breakest the law, thy circumcision has lost its effect.”

    Isn’t just plain stupid to lie about something so easy to check?

    Why do atheists do that?

    • Rayan Zehn says:

      I could pick and choose my version of the bible too. 29 versions of the bible says that circumcision will become non circumcision. The other 17 versions of the bible say that it will lose its effect. In fact, the Jubilee version says “For circumcision verily profits if thou keep the law, but if thou art a rebel to the law, thy circumcision is made into a foreskin.”

    • Rayan Zehn says:

      Also I don’t think you really read my post. If you did you would see that I addressed that in the text.

  2. Try a Catholic Bible since it was the Catholic Church that published the world’s first Bible.

    The Bible I used says the same thing in Latin and Greek, too.

  3. Saint Paul was trying to break down the barrier between orthodox Judaism and the rest of humanity.

    Saint Paul’s message is that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes the old Jewish law of circumcision unnecessary.

    Jesus is concerned about the heart, not the requirement of cutting skin off the penis.

    Saint Paul is saying Romans that circumcision does not make a man virtuous or holy.

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