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.