The Beauty of the Human Form
Many Christians take a very dim view of nudity, and regard any form of erotica with great disapproval, even fear. But, when looking at the Word of God I have to ask, is such a perspective of the naked human form necessary, or even justified. Just what does the Bible say about nudity? And are there any examples of erotica in the Scriptures? After all, this divine Book is to be our standard for what is right, and holy, and good, not current Christian culture. And not our own flawed ideas of what is right and wrong.
We know that in the very beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and He did a wonderful job. All around us we see the stunning beauty of creation. It is full of colour, form, and vitality. He spoke it into being. He did so as a master artist, and we admire this part of His handiwork.
Adam stood there,
naked, nothing covered,
and nothing hidden,
as God declared,
“it is good.”
But, on the sixth day he put the finishing touches to his marvellous artistry. On the sixth day, God made man. On the sixth day, the greatest expression of His creativity came forth as he formed man from the dust of the earth. All the rest He spoke into being, but when it came to man, God got personal. God gathered up a lump of clay, and with His own hand formed and fashioned a man, the man we call Adam. From head to toe and everything in between He shaped and moulded him. And then He stood him in the garden and admired His own handwork. Adam stood there, naked, nothing covered, and nothing hidden, as God declared, “it is good.”
Then the Almighty saw that Adam needed a friend and companion, a partner in life, and God formed from the side of the man a woman. He did the same thing. Made her in all of her beauty and perfection. And presented her naked to Adam, and Adam agreed, “It is good!”
It Is Not Good?
Sad to say,
many Christians today,
when they see
the naked human form,
look at what God made
and say “it is not good.”
Sad to say, many Christians today, when they see the naked human form, look at what God made and say “it is not good.” They feel that to see the full beauty of God’s masterpiece called a man, or a woman, they are somehow defiled, and polluted. The crowning touch of God’s marvellous creation is regarded as something of shame, to be covered and hidden. Need I remind of that it was God who created the parts we want to hide? It was his very hand that formed the beauty of Eve’s breasts, and buttocks, and placed her pubic hair between her legs. It was God’s hand that formed the beauty of Adams penis and other parts. His artistry formed and fashioned all of this and except in very rare cases we do our best to cover it up, and regard it with shame. Surely this is not God’s way.
Some might think that the Word of God and the leading of His Holy Spirit dictate this approach to the human form. But, this is not necessarily so. Yes, there are commands that we are to be modest, but there are also many instances of nakedness in Scripture, and not just in Genesis 1 and 2. Would the Holy Spirit ever cause a man to go naked in public, or even in a public worship setting? Would He cause a person to minister to God, or to people nude, or even near nude?
1 Samuel 19: 23 – 24: So he went there to Naioth in Ramah. Then the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on and prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he also stripped off his clothes and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”
Time after time when the prophets in the Old Testament came under the influence of the Holy Spirit, they took off all their clothes, stood or fell down naked, and prophesied and praised God. For some reason we read this, and miss what it is saying.
2 Samuel 6:14 Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.
2 Samuel 6:20 And Michal ... came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
And then there was King David. He took off almost all of his clothes before the whole nation of Israel, and danced in a linen ephod (basically a loose loincloth, or his underwear) before the ark of God as it was being returned to Jerusalem. Imagine if I or some other preacher got enthused and stripped to our skivvies in church, and danced before the Lord. For sure, we would be brought before some moral’s committee and examined, or admitted to the local mental institution for a seventy-two hour evaluation. We would probably lose our post and our ministerial license. But all David encountered was a wife who was ashamed of his antics - a wife who never had a child as a result of her scorn.
And David’s response was, hey, just watch me, next time I will be even more undignified. How could you be more undignified than dancing in your underwear? (You guess.)
A Sensible Conclusion
So, if it was not just alright for Saul (and others) to be nude, but his nudity was inspired by the Holy Spirit, might it not be ok for me to see nudes? To say the least it sure sounds to me like God does not have as much trouble with nudity as do some of us. Maybe we have a thing or two to learn.
Feedback welcomed and appreciated.
Christians, Nudity and Erotica
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.