Nudism or Naturism And The Bible
The Bible and Naturism - The Bible is a great book because it gives us examples of what to do or not. If it does not give us examples of what to do or not, there are numerous principles that are applicable to our situation. For the case of nakedness, we have both examples and principles. There are specific examples of good nakedness (Gen 2:24, 1 Sam 19:24, Isa 20:1-3). In each of the preceding cases, the nakedness was either called good or commanded. Neutral examples of nakedness would be Peter at work (John 21:7), gardeners in the field (Matt 24:18) and numerous examples of people ripping their clothing as a sign of mourning including Jacob and Job. Those examples are neutral because the nudity there is just observed. Nothing else, good or bad, is said about the fact that they were naked. There are also cases of bad nakedness including David and Bathsheba (2 Sam 11), Noah (Genesis 9:20-7). The reason that the two above cases display bad nakedness is because sin is involved: David lusted in his heart, while watching Bathsheba, and acted on that lust; Noah was drunk and Ham dishonored his father by having homosexual relations with him. Scripture most definitely does show something like what we as naturists practice: Jesus with the disciples (John 13:8) and David dancing in the street at the return of the Ark of the Covenant (2 Sam 6:9-17).
In addition to examples of nakedness, we have principles involving our freedom as Christians, including Romans 14. In Christ, we have been given much freedom; we are not to use that freedom as a license to sin (Gal 5:13). However, the principle that we must remember is 1 Tim 4:3-4, which states that God made everything for our thanksgiving and enjoyment and should not reject any of it. The most important principle is that God has called our unclothed bodies good and it would be bad for us to say otherwise. (Isa 5:20)
In Genesis 3, (the Jewish Old Testament) the clothing that Adam and Eve wore was purely for physical protection and for no other purpose. Their clothing would protect Adam and Eve from the thorns & thistles that God placed in the ground in v.18. In the New Testament, we are commanded to give clothing to people who have none. The distinction must be drawn between making a choice (naturism) and clothing the naked people. The people with whom we are commanded to share clothing lack capability to make the choice. In Mark 7:20, Jesus said that it is from the heart that our lustful, and other sinful thoughts, arise and not from external sources.
In fact, Paul said, “these rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, humility, and severe bodily discipline. But they have no effect when it comes to conquering a person’s evil thoughts and desires” (Col 2:23). This means that clothing has no effect when it comes to dealing with our thoughts.
In conclusion, God called the naked body good and clothing was only given to protect us against a cursed world. The Bible also says that we should thank God for what He has given us; we don’t have the authority to call our bodies what He did not call them. Originally, clothing was given to protect Adam and Eve from the physical environment and the purpose of clothing today is still to do that. Clothing does not have the power to conquer our sinful lusts. Jesus Christ is the only one who can deal with our sin.Scripture References: Genesis 2:24 I Samuel 19:24 Isaiah 20:1-3 John 21:7 Matthew 24:18 II Samuel 11 Genesis 9:20-27 John 13:8 II Samuel 6:9-17 Romans 14 Galatians 5:13 I Timothy 4:3-4 Isaiah 5:20 Genesis 3 Mark 7:20 Colossians 2:23
The Bible and Naturism