Church of Naked People

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A church in Ivor, Virginia thinks it is okay to go to church without clothes on. They believe this is fine with God. 

The Bible teaches no such thing that is is okay to go to church, or anywhere for that matter: naked. The demoniac in the Bible was a nudist. But after the Lord cast the devils out of him he left being a nudist.

Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. (Luke 8:26-39) (Also look in Mark 5 and Matthew 8 )

 “Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him.

When this man was demon possessed he was a nudist. But when the Lord cast the devils out of him he put clothes on.

Sitting at the feet of Jesus CLOTHED AND  IN HIS RIGHT MIND.

The Bible equates wearing clothes to being in your right mind.

Also God himself made clothes for Adam and eve to wear after they sinned.


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30 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by David on June 23, 2011 at 21:30

    God himself also told King David to dance naked. Isaiah prophesied naked at God’s instruction. 1 Samuel 19:23-24 “So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. He stripped off his garments, and he too prophesied in Samuel’s presence. He lay naked all that day and all that night. This is why people say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

    There are many examples of nakedness in the Bible. Are we really be believe that what God made in His image is dirty and shameful when He Himself had His servants disrobe?

    Adam and Eve hid from God because they screwed up, and they needed clothes to protect themselves from the elements. God knows exactly what we look like under our clothes. Being naked is not a sin. What you do when you are naked is what matters. It is like drinking. Alcohol is not prohibited in the Bible…drunkenness is. It is all about what you are doing with it.

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    • I am sure you know that God does not look at naked bodies. You know as well as I do that is not normal to go naked. A sure way to get arrested.
      I could give a few good reasons why it is not a good idea to show your private parts..
      For one reason the smell in a room full of naked people would certainly not be a good smell. Yuch! I would never be interested in looking at anyone’s private parts. Especially at a dinner table.
      I think it is plain old common sense to wear clothes. Normal people wear clothes and there is no way around that.
      And when Jesus cast out those demons from that man the Bible said he was clothed and in his right mind.
      He put on clothes when he received his mind back.
      As for those in the Bible who showed their naked bodies I just might write a blog on it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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      • Posted by Daniel on June 23, 2011 at 23:58

        Your claim that God does not look at naked bodies is interesting. You have declared that the Bible is false when it says “God looked upon all the works of His creation” – but clearly this would have to be false since He couldn’t see Adam.”
        The Bible says it is man that looks on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart. Adam heard the voice of God walking int he garden in the cool of the day. You have no scripture anywhere to support that God looks on naked bodies. He looks on the heart. Also God is a spirit.

        “I notice that the first tradition of man was established when Adam attempted to provide his own covering for his sin by wearing clothing. Instead of running to God and asking forgiveness Adam tried to hide himself from God by using clothing. He did that which was commanded against by eating the forbidden fruit. Then he compounded the sin by doing that which was not commanded in covering himself up.”

        Adam sinned and when he did he became ashamed of his nakedness. Nothing has changed.

        “I notice that the Greek word hypocrite refers to the mask and costume that an actor wears. Likewise I notice that the Hebrew word for “garment” (Strong’s H#0899) and the Hebrew word for “deception” (Strong’s H#0898) are both spelled exactly the same way in Hebrew. The Bible teaching that clothing is deception.”

        The Greek word you refer also means persona (mask) Clothing is a covering and it is necessary since the fall in Eden. Shame accompanied the sin; this is why they wanted a covering. When God handed down the law at Sinai he gave specific instructions about men and women wearing clothes.

        “Likewise the Hebrew word for naked (Strong’s H#06174) and the Hebrew word for “prudent” (Strong’s H#06175) are both spelled exactly the same way. The Bible teaches that nude is prudent. Naked Adam stopped being prudent when he ate the fruit – he put on clothing in a failed attempt to hide from God.”

        Yes he did. But God was looking at his disobedient heart, the heart that told God NO. The only covering that would suffice was one where blood had to be shed.

        “There really isn’t a command in regards to wearing clothing for the common person beyond verses such as Numbers 15:38 and that is a command that you (presumably) would reject has having any application to your life. I would presume that you would not find that commandment to be profitable for doctrine otherwise you would obey it.”

        Jesus made it clear when by divine decree the demon possessed man’s case is recorded to show us that nakedness is equal to insanity which is demon possession.
        God told us to obey the laws of the land and anyone with half a brain knows it is sane to wear clothes.

  2. Posted by Daniel on June 23, 2011 at 21:31

    Conversely, King Saul was demonized and wore kingly robes. He was seeking to kill David. Then the Spirit of God came upon him and so he took off all of his clothing and laid down naked all day along with the Prophet Samuel, therefore the people asked, “Is Saul also among the Prophets?”

    We might conclude therefore that the “Spirit of God” mentioned here was demonic – but that would carry the potential of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

    In Isaiah chapter 20 we read that the Prophet Isaiah was commanded by God to walk naked for 3 years. Assuming the Prophet Isaiah were alive today and received this commission from God to perform, obviously being a righteous man, he would not want to avoid attending church services. So let’s say that the Prophet Isaiah showed up at your congregation. Presumably you would clearly instruct him on how it was not the Word of God that told him to do this (which is what the Hebrew of Isaiah 20:2 states) and it would be clear to you that Isaiah is a false prophet. (Thus you should remove the book of Isaiah from your Bible). Likewise, the Prophet Micah speaks of going naked as a sign to the people in Micah 1:8. Again, your conclusion would have to be that Micah is a demonic false prophet.

    Likewise, if you look at any of the pictures of the resurrection, you can clearly see that the Bible is false when it states that the clothing was left behind in the tomb. All the pictures clearly show that Christ is wearing clothing after the resurrection. The “Last Adam” was not a naked gardener like the first Adam was.

    Which brings up the point that clearly when creation was finished and God looked down at Adam naked it was wrong for Him to say “VERY Good” since obviously nakedness is very evil. God created the sin of nakedness, though oddly enough Biblical Law never forbids nor imposes a penalty upon one who is naked.

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    • Running around naked is not a good idea.
      God made Adam and Eve clothes from an animal because blood had to be shed for their covering.
      Sin needs the blood of Jesus to cover it.
      Do you run around naked? If so why? if not why?
      I think common sense tells us to wear clothes.

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      • Posted by Daniel on June 24, 2011 at 05:36

        Your claim that God killed an animal as a blood sacrifice for Adam’s sin is interesting to me.. Nowhere in Scripture do we ever find this concept taught – that man was first covered by an animal sacrificed performed by God. In fact, if it was an animal sacrifice, then it would demand an explanation because this would be the ONLY sacrifice in all of Scripture that was performed by God. Without exception, all sacrifices were performed by sinners. The Covenant between the Pieces made with Abraham in Genesis 15, all the animals were killed by Abraham – then God walked between the pieces. At the other extreme, we have the sacrifice of Jesus. He willingly laid down His Life, but He didn’t whip Himself, place the thorns on His head or nail Himself to the tree. In every case of sacrifice in Scripture, we find that the sinner is the one who performs the sacrifice. So when you state that God was performing the sacrifice, you are actually claiming that God is a sinner. An interesting claim to say the least. Since the Bible doesn’t teach this concept you might try to document when the concept was first taught. I haven’t been able to find any Christian teaching this prior to the 17th Century. If it is true, then why was it necessary for it to be hidden until just 300 years ago?

        Secondly, you should let Scripture interpret Scripture:
        Job 10:11 “With skin and flesh, You clothed me, and knit me together with bones and sinew.”
        You will notice that the words for “skin” and “clothed” are the same words used in Genesis 3:21! Therefore, when we allow Scripture to interpret Scripture we would find that your claim that this is skin of a dead animal is completely incorrect. Otherwise, you are claiming that Job 10:11 should be understood as “with dead animal skin and dead animal meat God clothed me, and knit me together with dead animal bones and dead animal sinews”.

        No, in fact God did give us a “coat of skin” (which we wash in the shower or bathtub). It is a tailor-made swimsuit that God designed to grow with us, He designed it to cool the body by sweating as the air runs over it. Your claim that the human body is evil shows that you hold to Gnostic theology. The Gnostics were heretics – you should believe the Bible instead.

      • Look I am not going to go into arguments about nudity. Anyone in his right mind knows to wear clothes in any civilized society. Sion brought shame into the world. Sin brought lust and evil into the world.
        Go read what Paul said about sin in our members. There is a LAW of sin. It is in the human body. It is the cause of the evil in the world today. Nudity is not an acceptable way to live since the moment God clothed Adam and Eve. God made us naked but because of sin he now wants us to wear clothes.
        There was only one Isaiah the Hebrew prophet. Taking scriptures out of their context is now what I do. I see and understand the Bible as an orderly story. I don’t clip a verse out to apply it where it does not fit.
        THE HUMAN BODY IS NOT EVIL I NEVER SAID; THAT BUT WITHIN OUR MEMBERS AS PAUL THE APOSTLE SAID IS THE LAW OF SIN.
        Learn what sin is and you will know why God clothed Adam and Eve.

      • SIN is why we wear clothes. SIN is why they were expelled from Eden.
        Your entire argument is in favor of sin in the world that it is not anything to worry about.
        SHOW me one place in my blogs or replies that I said the human body is evil?
        I never said that I said SIN is why we wear clothes now. SIN is now in the world.

  3. I can’t believe that there aren’t any comments – are they perhaps being deleted?

    I would challenge you to do as one of your own posts suggest and be as the Bereans. Go back and reread the creation account and see if you can identify the second sin. You’ll notice that God did not chastise Adam and Eve for being without clothes nor did He accuse them of being insane. You’ll also notice that though God indeed did make clothing for them He only did so after they attempted to clothe themselves in such an awkward fashion in their attempt to hide from God.

    In addition – I don’t mean to insult you but it is not logically valid to assert that just because someone is naked and insane does not mean that all naked people are insane. It would make just as much sense to say that because someone driving a red car was speeding therefore all people driving red cars are speeders.

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    • Jesus wore a robe woven without seam. This tells me that he made sure that no one could see his body since it could not fall open.
      He is our Great Example.

      “In addition – I don’t mean to insult you but it is not logically valid to assert that just because someone is naked and insane does not mean that all naked people are insane. It would make just as much sense to say that because someone driving a red car was speeding therefore all people driving red cars are speeders.”

      I don’t see it as an insult. You have the right to speak your mind.
      Yes all naked people are insane unless he is taking a shower in the privacy of his own home or other things that require nakedness that are proper and without sin.

      Someone driving a red car or even a green car or white car or pink car or any color car and speeding IS insane. Only insane people speed. (I take it you mean breaking the speed limit) Speeding that endangers lives is only done BY the insane.
      Now if one is driving a red car, or green car, or pink car, or white car, or any color car and does not speed he is not insane, UNLESS he is transgressing laws he is commanded to obey, then yes he is out of his mind.
      Right minded people do not transgress laws.
      Therefore all people driving any color car is insane if he violates laws.
      It is about sinning not about colors.

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      • Posted by Daniel on June 24, 2011 at 05:46

        The Bible states that Jesus had all of His garments removed by the soldiers and then He was hung naked on the cross for all to see. Your claim that it was a sin for Him to be naked in public like this is interesting. It means that He was not a perfect sinless sacrifice for your sins. So therefore you can’t be saved by a sinful Jesus, who could have called 10,000 angels to bring Him clothing – but didn’t! In fact, you have indicated that Jesus was “insane” by being naked in public on the cross. Luke 2:21 says that Jesus underwent circumcision – which would have required the man with the knife to look upon the crotch of Jesus. Your claim is that Jesus was insane in allowing this to occur to Him. Again, you seem to be proclaiming a different Jesus than the one found in the Bible.

      • What you are missing here is that the Bible says that he who knew NO sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God. Circumcision was a covenant made between God and Israel.
        Your accusations against me are in themselves insane. Sin is insanity. He who commits sin is insane. Jesus knew no sin. He was made sin for us the Bible says this. He was made of a woman made under the law. He came to save his people from their sins not promote nudity.

  4. You said..”You’ll notice that God did not chastise Adam and Eve for being without clothes nor did He accuse them of being insane.”

    The fact is anyone who disobeys God has to be insane. Anyone who tells God NO is NOT in his right mind.

    No God did not tell them they were insane. He did worse. He pronounced judgment on them for not doing what he said.

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  5. Think about it…God commanded them NOT to eat of the tree in the midst of the garden. They did. They were not in their right mind. Any sane person does not obey snakes, does not commit murder, does not commit adultery, does not lie, steal, and bear false witness.
    Sane people do not do any of the things God told them NOT to do.
    Sane people are obedient to the laws of God.
    That is why God call the disobedient wicked and evil.
    Wicked and evil means the same thing as being insane.
    Not in your right mind.

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    • Posted by Peter J Shepherd on June 24, 2011 at 00:06

      I guess, nobody is sane. Nobody is in their right mind, because “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” “There is none righteous, no not one.”

      Everybody is insane, that is, until they get their mind renewed by the Word of God.

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      • My exact point. I truly know that anyone who disobeys God is insane, not in their mind. Anyone who disobeys the Ten Commandments is stupid. I said it anyone who thinks that lying stealing committing adultery bearing false witness, laughs at calamity, has sex with multiple partners just for fun and all sin is definitely NOT in his right mind.
        Anyone in Christ is the righteousness of God.

  6. Posted by David on June 23, 2011 at 23:14

    Your “About This Site” tells us to prove our point. Yet when we give you verses (several of them) to back our point, but you tell us common sense tells us to wear clothes. Can you give me a verse to back up your definition of common sense, again, understanding that God Himself instructed people several times in the Bible to go naked? Surely their common sense told them to put some clothes on…as you claim.

    I submit what I said originally…sin takes place when it goes from simple nudity to sexually inappropriate, just as it does when a glass of wine leads to two or three, and on to drunkenness. Being naked is not a sin…it is what you do with it.

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    • I said already that I will write a blog on naked people in the Bible. I did invite anyone to prove me wrong. But you did not prove me wrong as I will prove in a blog about naked people in the Bible.
      I will prove that it is a sin to go naked.
      God laid laws on the human race and the human race with God’s laws laid on them laid laws down to establish and maintain a civilized society.

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  7. As for Isaiah and Saul and other Bible characters mentioned in the comments I will write a blog explaining why they did what they did.

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  8. Posted by David on June 24, 2011 at 00:40

    Oh…just to make myself clear, I DO appreciate that you are using your blog to spread the Word of God. We are likely going to have to agree to disagree on this one, and I respect your opinion. I might be wrong, but it looks as if you don’t completely understand what naturism / nudism is all about it would most certainly impact your opinion.

    As long as we can agree that Christ died for our sins; that he arose on the third day; and that the only path to salvation is through His grace alone, I think we can agree on much.

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    • Jesus cast the devils out the man and what did the man do? He put clothes on. When his sins were gone and the devils cast out he was sitting clothed and in his right mind.
      Adam sinned and what did he do? Looked for clothes because he was ASHAMED and hid himself.
      Adam wanted a covering.
      We are not in Eden anymore…and nakedness is NOT okay.
      Anyone who runs around naked needs to be informed that he is no longer in Eden, he has been kicked out and needs to put clothes on.
      We live in a fallen world and wearing clothes is a sign of sanity.

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  9. Posted by Jim on June 24, 2011 at 00:41

    You wrote “The Bible teaches no such thing that is is okay to go to church, or anywhere for that matter: naked. ” But nowhere does it teach it is not OK.

    Maybe it depends on how God directs a person. He commanded naked prophesy:
    Isaiah 20:2 at that time the LORD had spoken by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loose the sackcloth from your loins and take off your shoes from your feet,” and he had done so, walking naked and barefoot—

    It seems that naked prophesying was not uncommon:
    1Samuel 19:24 And [Saul] too stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel, and lay naked all that day and all that night. Hence it is said, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

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    • God was using nakedness to make a strong point against sin using his prophet. Never did he tell him to walk naked because it was in vogue.
      Everything God said throughout the Bible is always concerning sin and repentance and judgment or blessing.
      Nakedness was used by God for humility and also for shame and coming judgment.
      Never was it put forth as his law.

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  10. Jesus wore a robe woven without seam. This tells me that he made sure that no one could see his body because his robe could not fall open.
    He is our Great Example.

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  11. There is such a thing as good nudity. An examination of the Bible shows that God created our bodies and that His creation was good.
    Genesis 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very
    good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
    Then we have the direct statement by God:
    Genesis 2:25 “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not
    ashamed.”
    There you have it, naked and not ashamed! Now I know what you are thinking: “Yes, but keep reading, they sinned and realized that they were naked. They put on fig leaves to cover themselves, so nakedness is not good!” The problem however, is that such a conclusion — that nakedness is bad — is not found in the text. Such a conclusion, while common among religious thought, is simply not found.

    For the moment, let’s say that nudity is not good (some would even say “sin”) based on this common mis-understanding. Where do we find that it is then acceptable to be nude in front of your spouse (since most would say that this is OK)? What about the passage? Adam and Eve were the only humans at this point and they covered themselves from themselves. As we read:
    Genesis 3:7 “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they
    were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
    For the moment, let’s say that nudity is not good (some would even say “sin”) based on this common mis-understanding. Where do we find that it is then acceptable to be nude in front of your spouse (since most would say that this is OK)? What about the passage? Adam and Eve were the only humans at this point and they covered themselves from themselves. As we read:

    Genesis 3:7 “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”

    So Adam and Eve covered themselves from the sight of the other. Is this to be the normal conduct between a husband and wife? No, not at all.[1] Then we find out more, that Adam and Eve hid themselves in the bushes from God. This is parallel to hiding their “private parts” from each other. They attempt to hide their personal/private lives from God.

    8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

    Now notice the next statements from Adam to God as God calls out to him:

    9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

    Adam was afraid of God because he knew he was naked, so he hid himself. Now God asks Adam a very powerful question that was meant to open Adam’s heart to what has happened.

    11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

    Adam was asked WHO told him that he was naked. The answer is of course found in the next question: “Have you eaten of the tree that I told you not to eat?” Yes, Adam and Eve did eat of that tree and it was the power of that tree that “opened their eyes” (3:7, cp. 3:22) to their naked state.

    Now we come to an important question. Was their nudity wrong, or bad? If we let all the prior verses, which show God made the human body and that it was good, and that Adam and Eve were naked and not ashamed – if we let these verses speak, their nudity was not bad. They had good nudity! So what is happening when we read that they put on fig leaves? To answer this we must think from the texts of what we read.

    Why the fig leaves? Because they can’t handle the GOOD of their bodies. Their eyes had been opened and they now know something they didn’t know before. Thanks to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they discovered that they were naked – they knew the GOOD of their bodies. Now in a changed relationship to God (spiritual death), they couldn’t handle the good. The forbidden fruit was said to give the knowledge of good and evil. Such knowledge is profound and powerful. Prior to eating the fruit they did not have that knowledge. Also, Adam responds to God “I was naked…” when in fact he had just covered himself with the fig leaves! Their good physical nakedness, even when covered, did not hide their spiritual sense of nakedness before the eyes of God. This knowledge of good and evil is a very seminal point. All Bible students know that this affects the rest of humanity.

    They could not handle the good so they sought to cover it up. This is the first instance of many more to come where humanity takes something that is good and becomes ashamed by the goodness of it all and has to cover it up.[2] In eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they got what the tree would provide. Their eyes were opened to the reality of good and evil. We often focus in on the problem of evil, but here we see the problem of good. And simply put, we often can’t handle it! A sun rise; a sun set; the emotions of life; the undeserved love from another human; and ultimately the undeserved kindness of God. We can’t handle it – the GOOD! And we avoid the beauty; we hide our selves from unconditional love; and we shun any contact with anything that puts us near to seeing the kindness of God.

    Adam and Eve covered up themselves from themselves – they couldn’t handle the good. They now had a sense of shame in their disobedience from God. They covered themselves from their good, naturally nude bodies and they hid in the bushes from their wonderful Good God. Such an act of disobedience in eating the forbidden fruit had its effects. It was in their estranged state from God that the good shamed them and they covered up the wonder of the good. Later David would cry: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 139:14)

    About now you are thinking: “So, OK, I can see what you are talking about. Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and their eyes were opened. The first thing they saw was their nakedness, which was said to be good, and yet they covered it up. But didn’t God agree with them – that nudity was something to cover up – when He gave them coats of skins!” To this I answer that He did provide them with coats of skins but for more practical reasons. First, He needed to atone for Adam and Eve’s transgression so an animal was sacrificed – a shadow of what would come under the law with Moses, and ultimately, the death of His Son Jesus for the world. They would wear[3] that coat and be reminded that a blameless animal took their place in death. Second, He had cursed the earth (3:17,18) resulting in thorns, thistles and other plants that are rough on a nude body. The skins would provide them with protection from the new hostile environment. Some sort of clothing would be needed as He sent them out from the Garden of Eden. Lastly, there is a possible aspect of accommodation – God accommodating them by giving them a covering until they could learn to deal with the knowledge of good nudity.[4]

    It would be completely inconsistent for God to create Adam and Eve nude and then for that nudity to be bad. One study Bible said: “Adam’s sin was evidenced by his new knowledge of the evil of nakedness…”[5] How can this be? How could nudity be good one second, then evil the next? We must not read a cultural aversion to nudity into this passage. Their good nude state didn’t change. They now had knowledge of good and they could not handle it, so on went the fig leaves. God doesn’t tell Adam, “Good job Adam, covering up the evil nakedness.” Rather He asks how Adam knew he was naked with the obvious connection “have you eaten of the tree whereof I commanded you that you should not eat?”

    When you read the passage you’ll also discover that God nowhere condemns nudity or their bodies. He gave many pronouncements (3:16-19) that affect their (and our) lives as they were to live under the “curse,” but nothing about nudity. In fact, in my study of nudity as discussed in the Bible I find no commands against simple, basic nudity. I have come to see that nudity is a non-issue and is allowable to humanity as culture, climate and conditions allow. This last sentence is important – as culture, climate and conditions allow. In other words, nudity is in itself not evil or bad it is natural and neutral. Nude is not lewd.

    At this point I must address two common ideas about nakedness. First, “Doesn’t’ modesty imply that nakedness is wrong?” Modesty actually deals with what is put on the body, not what is taken off or absent. We say a person has a modest income we are describing the small amount they make. The word modest is only found 1 Tim. 2:9 (KJV). It is the translation of KOSMIOS from which family of Greek words that we get our word cosmos, and cosmetic. It means the arraignment of things, their orderliness. Applied to people it would be clothes or other ‘add ons’ that are not considered excessive by culture. Such excess can only be culturally defined. Second, “Doesn’t nakedness cause lust?” No, lust is caused in the heart of the person by their own sin. Lust is a strong word denoting an “I’ve got to have it” and “I’ll get it whatever why I have to” mentality. A new car, house, or job can be an object of lust. So can a fully clothed person. Also, those in the health field, who are around good nudity, can attest that a nude patient is simply that, a nude patient.

    There are some notable examples of good nudity in the Bible. It is not my intention to identify all or document these illustrations in detail. Also, I am fully aware that the Bible presents examples of “bad” nudity as well as the most common usage – that being a word that describes a poor, destitute or impoverished state. My point is that we have overlooked the good nudity that is found in the Bible. Nudity in itself is not bad, an unclothed body is said to be good by God. May we not say something that God calls good as evil or bad or sinful. Here are some examples of good nudity:

    There is Saul who along with the Prophets of his day went nude (1 Sam. 19:24)
    Isaiah walked around naked for 3 years as a sign to the people (Isa. 20:2,3)
    Peter wore only his birthday suit when he was fishing – nudity being the work clothes of choice (John 21:7)
    David danced before the Lord wearing nothing but a ‘revealing’ linen ephod (2 Sam. 6:14)
    The Apostle Paul and Barnabas get naked as they show their humanness to the townspeople of Lystra when they thought they were the Greek gods Hermes & Zeus (Acts 14:14).
    Then there is the all-pervasive element of circumcision. Starting with Abraham, God institutes circumcision for every male. Social nudity was common whereby a man’s circumcision (or lack of it) would be seen. From Abraham to the Apostle Paul such good nudity is the only way this special sign would be seen (cp. Paul’s circumcising Timothy, Acts 16:1-5; yet not Titus, Gal. 2:3). This helps explain why we fail to understand the significance of the identification of circumcision – we don’t have the cultural experience of social (good) nudity.
    Good nudity is so foreign to most Americans. What we typically see is what I would call bad nudity. This nudity is on a voyeuristic level, in the pages of sex magazines and sex movies. Such bad nudity is meant to sexually entice or allure. Good nudity acknowledges and celebrates the differences in each human in a non-sexual way.

    Please understand, there is bad nudity and that the body can be used to sin but the problem isn’t the naked body (anymore than a clothed body). Nowhere does God say that the body is bad, He can’t; it is His image! Yet our worldly society has perverted the body and mostly knows only of the bad nudity – pornography, x-rated pictures, and the “Jerry Springer” type presentation of the human body. In other countries nude swimming, public bathing and even nude recreation is widely accepted. In some cultures nudity is a way of life due to very practical climate conditions. Because of this the body is demystified for people (much like a doctor or nurse who sees nudity in a non-sexual environment) and the curiosity to “look and see” is fulfilled. Today the same curiosity exists in the hearts of people and it is typically met by viewing bad nudity. It is my suggestion that if we had more exposure to non-sexual nudity the “lust” factor would decline in our hearts. We would see the creation of God as good and we would view the body not as an object of voyeuristic sexuality but as the wonderful creation it is.

    Good nudity is found in our art museums and art books. Life is seen and the body is viewed naturally. Michelangelo, commissioned by the church, painted the Sistine Chapel and created larger than life sculptures with good nudity.

    Hebrews 4:12,13 provides an insightful ending to this study. Here we read how God sees everything by His penetrating viewpoint. Note the use of the word naked:

    For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

    Like Adam and Eve, we may try to cover ourselves (after all we are told that the “clothes make the man”). But, the fact is, He sees us as we really are – our hearts, our souls, our minds, our spirits, and our bodies “warts and all” and loves us anyway!

    One day you might be called upon to help a family or loved one in their closing days. You might even be the one receiving the help. It is inevitable that nudity will be present. How will you deal with it?

    This article hopefully will cause you consider simple, non-sexual nudity in a new way.

    From http://www.experiencegrace.com/Good_Nudity.html

    Reply

    • Nowhere did I say that nudity is dirty or bad. In our fallen world it not acceptable to go naked. It is not necessary nor it is called for.
      I understand your points I know what the Bible says also. We are to wear clothes because we now live AFTER Eden.
      I am against public nudity and since Jesus wore clothes so will I.
      The Bible makes a point of describing Jesus’ manner of dress” a robe woven WITHOUT seam. Well we know from this the robe could not fall open exposing the Lord’s body.
      As I said before Jesus is our example not anyone else.
      And certainly not a nudist.
      Thank you for your looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong comment and also for the link.

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      • When Adam and Eve sinned, they strayed from the right relationship mankind had with God. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, was to bring mankind back to a right relationship with God. When a person accepts Christ, they are brought back into a right relationship with God…just as when they were before Adam & Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Genesis 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very
        good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” At that time, Adam and Eve were naked, and God declared all creation to be good!

      • SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN SIN
        changed everything.

  12. And Jesus sacrifice for us changed everything back to the way it was meant to be!

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    • There is nothing in the bible that supports that Jesus’ sacrifice changed anything back to anything.
      God’s love is not unconditional for us. He has a condition all must meet or be lost.
      That condition is his commandment which is repentance.
      Keep on believing what you want and don’t come here telling me what to believe.
      You’re angry because I and all the world’s inhabitants know it is right to wear clothes.
      Nothing changed when Jesus died. Lives only change when sinners repent. Yes; and we can do that when we come humbly in faith to God asking forgiveness for our sins in Jesus name.
      What is happening in the world today is NOT what it meant to be.
      The world today and all its wickedness is not Eden reinvented because Jesus died.
      Jesus died and commands all people to either REPENT of their sins or be lost forever.

      Reply

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