(4 June 2011)
We need to look to our Creator and Saviour for guidance in the question
of nudity and all other things. I felt moved to write on this subject
for those who may be tempted to view nudity as simply a matter of art,
disregarding the Creator's clear instructions in His Word.
"And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed." Gen. 2:25 (NASB)
Clearly, the OT teaches that originally, before the Fall, Adam and his wife, Eve, were naked and unashamed.
Later, after the banishment from Eden, when man and woman were no longer innocent we read:
"Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told
his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid
it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the
nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that
they did not see their father's nakedness. When Noah awoke from is
wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. So he said 'Cursed
be Canaan; a servant of servants he shall be to his brothers.' " Gen.
Clearly, the exhibition of nakedness after the Fall was and is
considered shameful and highly disregarded by Noah. The father's
nakedness is an example of this that speaks generally, I think, for
nakedness of anyone.
In the last book of the Bible, we read that the attitude shown by Noah
towards nakedness has not changed at all. In Revelation, we read the
"I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, so that you may
become rich, and white garments, so that you may clothe yourself, and
that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed;..." Rev. 3:18
Clearly, God in the last book of the NT treats nakedness as shameful.
We must remember that the world, such as the statues of the pagan
Greeks, e.g. David in Florence, etc., are of the world. The advice and
guidance of God's Word is not of this world and the natural men and
women of the world. Spiritual advice is clearly rejected by the world,
since it is governed ultimately by the present god of this world,
Satan, who is in rebellion with our true Creator and God.
"But the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God,
for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because
they are spiritually appraised." 1 Cor. 2:14 (NASB)
"Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of
God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will
destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are."
1 Cor. 3:16-17 (NASB)
We should keep a close guard on what we think and let enter by way of
the eyes and other senses. To abandon our responsibility for Christian
oversight of our senses, is to neglect clear teachings in the Word, at
our own peril.
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever
is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good
repute, if there be any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,
dwell on these things." Phil. 4:8 (NASB)
The case for the acceptance of artful nudity Is based on worldly
arguments, I.e., locker room, skinny dipping, Greek statues, etc., not
taken from the Word of God which is our guide as we live for Christ.
While many in the world see the Word as foolishness, and fail to
understand that fallen man can easily fall into deeper sinfulness when
tempted, even slightly, we as Christians do understand these things.
The human form is a temple of God's Spirit and is clearly to be enjoyed
by husband and wife. Outside of marriage, there are situations that
clearly make nudity acceptable, e.g., medical examinations, and bathing
in privacy. However, to place oneself outside the clear teaching of the
Word, and show and view nudity, e.g., in art, public swimming, etc., is
to ignore clear Bible teachings and principles. We, as Christians, all
need to stand up and speak out against such actions and arguments.
Satan and his fallen angels do enjoy human nudity. This is taught in
the Word, e.g., Gen. 6:1-5, where the Sons of God and the daughters of
men bore children. God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the
earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart were only evil
continually. God, of course, was sorry He made man and sent the Flood
to destroy mankind, except for Noah and his family.
The bottom line in all of this, for me anyway, is that viewing the
nudity of others with impunity and disregard, based on the appreciation
of beauty that God intended for man and wife, and in disregard for the
teachings in the Word, is asking for serious spiritual, and maybe even
physical, trouble. Remember that God, who loves us even when we stray,
can chasten believers, as well as unbelievers, who willfully and
presumptuously violate His clear guidance for man.
Enough said. I pray that the teachings of God in His Word will fall on receptive minds.