Male - Imago Dei
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." NIV
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” NKJV
God is an author, and a painter, but most of all He is a sculptor. Writing is physically one-dimensional. Painting is two dimensional. Sculpting is three.
As the Creator He spoke and the trees appeared, the rocks were formed, and the oceans came into being. All these things were but preparing the setting for his most marvellous, most expressive, most intimate work. All of these things were preparing for His stunning self-portrait known as man.
When it came to making man, God, so to speak, looked in the mirror and made him in His own image. Yes, I know this refers to much more than the physical, but it does include the physical as well. Man, in all of his totality, bears the image and likeness of God.
And He did not speak man into existence. He could have, but he chose not to. Instead He formed and fashioned man out of the dust of the earth, using his very own hands. Every bit, every portion of man’s anatomy was had formed by God Almighty. Every portion is part of this supreme work of art. Every portion reveals God’s image, and shines forth His Glory.
All of creation was prepared as a place in which to put man, it only stands to reason that it is made to scale around man. The human body is the scale around which all is formed and fashioned. It was not an afterthought; it was the primary purpose. Every animal, every plant and part of creation was made to perfect scale around man, in relation to man, and for the benefit of mankind. They are all there to meet man’s need for order, beauty, and function. We are the hub in the middle of the wheel, the sun around which it all revolves.
When God formed and fashioned us, he made us beautiful and glorious in all our parts. And He made each and every part with a beauty that reflects His Glory, His character, and His purpose. At the very center of the created universe is man, in all of his created God revealing glory. It all points back to the man created in God’s image and likeness. It all points to the man, and the man points toward God.
Our penis and balls
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and in function.
At the very center of the created order is man. And at the very center of any man is . . . his genitals. Our penis and balls are perfect and beautiful in both form, and in function. It is the part of our body we are most inclined to hide. We do so, not because it is so shameful, but because it is so sacred. When we look at a naked male, whether in person or in picture, we automatically notice that which is usually covered, that which is both beautiful and sacred.
In Praise of the Penis
The genitals are that part of man, shaped by God’s own hand, upon which the human race is most strongly dependent for its very survival. No penis, no people. We each owe our existence to a properly functioning, temporarily rigid male genital organ. Without it there would have been no penetration, and no procreation.
It is also that part of man, shaped by God’s own hand, which can bring to the human body the most sublime pleasure naturally known to man. God designed the human male to become sexually stimulated, and the male organ to respond as it does. Erections were God’s idea. He gave us the nerve endings and the sweet sensations we so enjoy. It was God who invented the pleasure of stimulation and the glory of the conclusion, an orgasm.
So, when you see the body of a naked man, you are seeing all of these things. You are seeing the thing that God formed and fashioned with His own hand, stood back and admired, and simply said, “It is good.” So, when we see the body of a naked man, can we say any less?
When I look at a sketch of a naked man, I am looking at a two dimensional depiction of all of these things. When I look at a piece of sculpture, I see these things in three dimensions. But, when I look at a photo of a naked man, I am seeing a picture of the Image of God in four dimensions – the physical being into which God has breathed the Breath of Life. The photo shows a four-dimensional being, vibrant and alive.
And when I am in the presence of a naked man I am in the presence of a living breathing created and sculpted by God’s own hand masterpiece that reveals to us all the Image of God. Is there any part of the Image of God that is shameful? I think not. Rather, as I already said, it is sacred.
When we see a depiction of a naked man we see that man at his most vulnerable, most exposed, and most able to reveal the full beauty of the central focus of all creation – He who is “the image of God.” All creation reveals the splendour of the creator. No part more than that of the body of a man.
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Christians, Nudity and Erotica
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.