Did Paul Have Homosexual Urges?

In the book of Acts, we are informed that Paul had Timothy cir­cum­cised:

Acts 16:3
1 And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra: and behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewess that believed; but his father was a Greek.
2 The same was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and he took and cir­cum­cised him because of the Jews that were in those parts: for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

Paul cir­cum­cised Timothy because he was facing stiff oppo­si­tion from the Jews. Thus, in order to avoid getting into more trouble Paul had Timothy cir­cum­cised, even though Timothy’s father happened to be a Greek Gentile. But why was the cir­cum­ci­sion debate important for the Jews whom Paul wanted to pacify?

To some Gentile readers, this cir­cum­ci­sion debate might seem periph­er­al. Some men are cir­cum­cised, others not — so what? In order to see the rev­o­lu­tion that Paul was effecting within Jewish circles (or satel­lites) we turn to the old rabbinic texts. The rabbis con­sid­ered cir­cum­ci­sion so important that they declared 6 that were it not for the blood of the covenant — that is to say, the blood which flowed from Abraham’s penis when, at God’s insis­tence, he cir­cum­cised himself — heaven and earth would not exist. The teaching of Judaism was that a child must still shed the blood of a covenant — even if he is born without a foreskin, and even if for some medical or other reason he is cir­cum­cised before the mystical eighth day. Even the angels are cir­cum­cised.

Converts to Judaism in the Roman period had to undergo cir­cum­ci­sion. Strangely enough, in Palestine rules were more liberal than in the Diaspora, and there were Proselytes of the Gate, as they were known, who were allowed to ‘become Jews’ without cir­cum­ci­sion. But such was not the general rule. It was widely believed that the admission of uncir­cum­cised men into Jewish religious worship ‘impeded the arrival of the Messiah’. While ‘semi-converts’ were allowed, those who observed the Sabbath and the dietary laws, they were to be regarded as heathens if after a twelve-month period they had not undergone cir­cum­ci­sion. These stringent rules did not deter converts.1

So now we need to ask, how was cir­cum­ci­sion practised then? What was the method used in those days to cir­cum­cise someone? A. N. Wilson further explains that:

By Roman times, cir­cum­ci­sion was done with a metal knife, and, if we believe that Paul did insist on Timothy under­go­ing cir­cum­ci­sion, it is perhaps worth reminding ourselves of the three essential parts of the ritual, without which it is not complete. The first part is milah, the cutting away of the outer part of the foreskin. The is done with one sweep of the knife. The second part, periah, is the tearing of the inner lining of the foreskin which still adheres to the gland, so as to lay it wholly bare. This was (and is) done by the operator — the mohel, the pro­fes­sion­al cir­cum­cis­er — with his thumb-nail and index finger. The third and essential part of the ritual is mesisah, the sucking of blood from the wound. Since the nine­teenth century, it has been per­mis­si­ble to finish this part of the ritual with a swab, but in all preceding centuries and certainly in the time of Paul it was necessary for the mohel to clean the wound by taking the penis into his mouth. In the case of a young adult male such as Timothy the bleeding would have been copious. We can easily imagine why Paul’s Gentile converts were unwilling to undergo the ritual; and, given the more liberal attitudes towards the Torah which had already begun to emerge among the Hellenists of Syrian Antioch, it is not sur­pris­ing that the custom of cir­cum­ci­sion should have started to wane. It took the extremism of Paul to think that the knife of cir­cum­ci­sion would actually ‘cut you off from Christ’. 2

In other words, Paul had to take the penis of Timothy in his mouth in order to cir­cum­cise him! Note also how strongly Paul opposes cir­cum­ci­sion elsewhere in the New Testament:

Galatians 5:2 – 6
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that, if ye receive cir­cum­ci­sion, Christ will profit you nothing.
3 Yea, I testify again to every man that receiveth cir­cum­ci­sion, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4 Ye are severed from Christ, ye would be justified by the law; ye are fallen away from grace.
5 For we through the Spirit by faith wait for the hope of right­eous­ness.
6 For in Christ Jesus neither cir­cum­ci­sion availeth anything, nor uncir­cum­ci­sion; but faith working through love.

However, when it came to saving himself from some trouble, Paul imme­di­ate­ly had Timothy cir­cum­cised so that the Jews would not bother him any further. Since we are aware of Paul’s intense oppo­si­tion to cir­cum­ci­sion no matter what the reasons are, surely his cir­cum­ci­sion of Timothy indicates the hidden homo­sex­u­al desires that he wished to fulfill at least once in his lifetime? He probably had a deep desire to take a penis into his mouth, so when an oppor­tu­ni­ty comes along, he decided to avail it. Hence he now has a good excuse to take a penis into his mouth and no one could object to that.

One cannot claim that someone other than Paul had cir­cum­cised Timothy, because it is clearly stated that it was Paul who had cir­cum­cised him. There was no pressing need for Paul to cir­cum­cise Timothy if indeed he was staunchly opposed to the practice, as related in the account in Galatians. But that he did went ahead and conducted the cir­cum­ci­sion gives us a reason to pause, as it suggests that he had homo­sex­u­al urges.

Now it is our turn to say:

Whatever inter­pre­ta­tion Christians may have given to Paul’s action later on (whether correctly or incor­rect­ly), the fact that Paul would put the penis of an adult man in his mouth is shameful and dis­gust­ing to say the least.

Please note that if such a tradition was located within any Islamic lit­er­a­ture or in the Qur’an, and if it is required to take the private organ with one’s mouth, the above is precisely the type of argument the Christian mis­sion­ar­ies would have vig­or­ous­ly pointed out in order to demonise Muslims and their religion. Hence the above paragraph is in reality the outcome if one happens to think like a pervert as the Christian mis­sion­ar­ies obviously are.

  1. A. N. Wilson, Paul The Mind Of The Apostle, (Pimlico, 1998), p. 128 []
  2. Ibid., p. 131 []

16 thoughts on “Did Paul Have Homosexual Urges?

  1. I am just wondering who sucked the blood out of Abrahma“s penis when he was cir­cum­cised. Besides, is it necessary to do this for adults? The blood just come our naturally, unlike infants which are 8 days old…

  2. So essen­tial­ly you think Paul was gay because he cir­cum­cised Timothy ? Sorry but why does that mean he is gay, does this mean all Jews gay then as well ?
    Paul didn’t want to do this either, he was relucant. His rela­tion­ship to Timothy he fre­quent­ly refers to that of Father to Son. You would not want to commit homo­sex­u­al­i­ty against your own son would you ?
    Gay because he cir­cum­cised someone, the rest of your narrative “a desire to put his penis in his mouth” is your invention.

  3. LOL!!! This just proves how desperate you truly are. I am sure it is every gay man’s dream to get a mouth full of blood. LOL!!! I guess all Muslims, then, are gay because they believe in being cir­cum­cised, too, don’t they? They even cir­cum­cise women. YIKES!

    1. Muslims do not cir­cum­cise women. Islam does not allow torture of women. Female cir­cum­ci­sion is practised in certain African cultures. Most of the African tribes prac­tis­ing cir­cum­ci­sion are Christian. Rarely few African Muslim tribes do it and great pro­pa­gan­da was made about this by Hirish Ali in order to get her foreign Visa — she was later deported when the author­i­ties found out about her ploy-trick! 

      Sufficient to say female cir­cum­ci­sion is not an Islamic practice. There are over One Billion Muslims in the world. All Muslim men [and all Jewish men] are cir­cum­cised. A rare muslim girl in an African pagan ori­en­tat­ed tribe is cir­cum­cised. Far more Christian girls from Africa are cir­cum­siced. United Nations keeps tabs on this. Check it out.


  4. Gay because he cir­cum­cised someone, the rest of your narrative “a desire to put his penis in his mouth” is your invention.”

    can’t u read that A. N. Wilson wrote that? Not this blog writer.

    No Muslim will ever do that..

  5. Wow! what depths you go to deceive yourself. You won’t become a better Muslim by hating Christians just stick to pro­pogat­ing Islam. Islam means peace not hate and kill.

  6. In the name of Allah, Most gracious and most merciful

    Assalamualaikum and peace to my non muslim friends.

    Just as i do not subcribe to Pauline’s teaching yet I find this article is nonesense. 

    As a muslimah, I apol­o­gized that such thing is invention & sad to see such arcticles

    May our Christian friends come to study our holy Koran and be benefited from it. Come and let us reason out together. 

    Insha Allah.

  7. Asalmau alikum,

    We can see the clear cut con­tra­dic­tions of the so called bibles.

    How can human beings believe in such corrupted books made by people to be the words of God Almighty?

    Yes, there are Deaf, Dumb and Blinds.

    Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say:“This is from God,” to traffic with it for miserable price!- Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby. (The Noble Quran, 2:79)”

  8. I think the writer is trying to prove how pathetic these Christian mis­sion­ar­ies are. We should know that this article was in response to the Christian accu­sa­tions. If a Christian find this article laughable, the whole mis­sion­ary website is full of this, and no wonder Muslims just can’t help but laugh..as the writer says: “let us now turn the tables upon them and apply their own perverted thoughts upon the Christian religious per­son­al­i­ties in order to see its outcome.”

  9. This is a great aricle. Christians are always accusing Muslims and Jews of pedophillia and other sexual deviance but this goes to show everyone it is in fact xtains that have the most deviated religion. Paul cir­cum­cosed Timmy in order to decieve Jews.Whether he did it orally or not is irrelevent what Paul did engage in was deception that deception is practiced to this very day by Evangelical Christian Missionaries.

      Praying for u, Bro. Moses.
      I have a feeling that u have homo­sex­u­al urges. Is my intuition correct?
      If so, don’t feel guilty. The root is in your childhood.
      If u humble urself before God, He will help u. It’s curable disorder, if only u r willing.

  10. All of this stuff is a load of bull s**t, or prophet MUHAMMAD ( PBH) was not perverted and i hate the way chris­tians and jews are trying to spread hatred between chris­tians and muslims and jews and muslims, it is all un nessasary at the end of the day we are all the same we all hurt! We all bleed! We all have feelings! We all love! The only diffrence between us humans is that there are good people and bad people among us! And we all dont have to belive whats the news paper saying or the news on tv as they lie unbe­lie­ve­ably they only want you to read what they want you to read and only show you what they want to show you on tv. So people please as a muslim we are all not terrorist the people who are muslims that are killing innocent people by blowing them self’s up are bad people who will get their pun­ish­ment INSHAA ALLAH! And i am ashamed to call them a muslim as our religeon preaches about peace and tran­quil­i­ty! Also as you all may think that jihad is a terrorism act it is not jihad is when some what amount of people are attacking you to take over your country and trying to kill you because you are a muslim, so us as muslims whould fight back for thaat and die for our country and faith. Jihad isnt blowing your self up and killing innocent people like a lunatic. I hope you all under­stood wuere i came from and take this on board. 

    Thank You

    And Love you all!

  11. If you think this where does homo­sex­u­al­i­ty come from?? In what aspect do you think that there is homo­sex­u­al­i­ty in islam??

  12. Well I’m a christian or put it like this I am a old testament.…torah.…and Jesus (Yeshuah) believer. I have just found out about Pauls contradictions.….…Read Paul vs Jesus scripture or Paul vs James (Jesus brother). And you will see

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