God Desire us to be ashamed?
I'm trading my
I'm trading my
I'm laying them
For the joy of the
the song "Trading My
Although the Bible plainly states that there was no
shame of nudity before the fall (Gen, 2:25), many Christians
say that nudity is now wrong because things changed after the
fall. I've heard people say "the Bible says that Adam
and Eve became ashamed of nudity after they sinned, and that's
enough proof that we are supposed to be ashamed of nudity for
me!" These same people do not object to nudity if it is
private between husband and wife, saying that is the one
context in which it is allowed, YET that is exactly the
context that Adam and Eve where in when they became
ashamed! Since they felt no shame when they where in a
right relationship with God and became ashamed only AFTER they
sinned, shouldn't this be proof that it's body shame and not
nudity which is wrong?
Yes indeed, everything did change after Adam and Eve
sinned; everything was distorted due to sin and Satan's
deception. If we follow the logic that we should be
ashamed of nudity - BECAUSE of sin, than not only should we
NOT strive to raise above body shame and accept nudity without
shame, we should also NOT strive for peace between men -
because of sin, we should NOT try to cure or end diseases -
because of sin, we should NOT try to ease the pain of child
birth - because of sin, we should not try to better our or
others situation in life - because of sin, we should NOT try
to make the ground easier to till and produce better crops -
because of sin, we should NOT try to end injustice - because
of sin, I could go on and on.
If we accepted this logic we wouldn't even be able to
accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior - because apparently we
are to be defeated by and subject to sin! But Jesus came
and died because of sin, to restore us to a right relationship
with God and free us from sin. God never intended that
we be defeated by sin and accept the wrong which resulted
because of the fall as right! (Including shame over what
God created and proclaimed to be very good.) In fact He
clearly intended that we overcome and obtain victory over sin
(and the results of Satan's deception) and he provided the
means for us to do that through our new life as Christians in
I believe that Satan works hardest to deceive God's
children about things that are important, not inconsequential
things. What effect does shame have on us? It is
the source of low self-esteem. It is central to the
emergence of alienation, loneliness, inferiority, and
perfectionism. Depression, paranoia, sexual addiction
and abuse all significantly involve shame. Pastor Ted
Roberts (author of "Pure Desire") says: "Shame is a feeling of
deep degradation that convinces me there is something
fundamentally wrong with me...and that is a killer."
What does the Bible say about our bodies?
In Gen 1:31 the Bible says: "God saw all that he had made,
and it was very good."
Isa 5:20 says: Woe to those who call evil good and good
Psalm 8:4,5 says: "What is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him? You made him a
little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with
glory and honor."
Psalm 92:4,5 says: "How great are your deeds O Lord: I sing
for joy at the works of your hand. How great are your
works, O Lord, how profound your thoughts!"
Psalm 139:14 says: "I praise you because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full
Isaiah 29:16 says: "You turn things upside down, as if the
potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is
formed say to him who formed it, "He did not make me"?
Can the pot say of the potter, "He knows nothing"?
Isaiah 45:9-12 says: "Woe to him who quarrels with his
Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the
ground. Does the clay say to the potter, "What are you
Making?' Does your work say, "He has no hands"?
Woe to him who says to his father, "what have you
begotten?' or to his mother, What have you brought to
birth?' "This is what the Lord says - the Holy One of
Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you
question me about my children, or give orders about the work
of my hands? It is I who made the Earth and created
mankind upon it."
1 Tim. 4:4 says: "For everything God created is good,
and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with
Titus 1:15,16 says: To those that are pure, all things are
pure, but to those who are full of sin and do not believe,
nothing is pure. Both their minds and their consciences
have been ruined. They say they know God, but their
actions show they do not accept Him. They are hateful
people, they refuse to obey, and they are useless for doing
Again, I could go on, YET many Christians who believe we
should obtain victory over sin and strive to overcome things
like hatred, injustice, sickness, weeds, and every other
result of the fall and Satan's deception believe that nudity
(God's creation as He made it) is wrong, causes lust, and that
shame is right! It seems to me that this is one of
Satan's most successful deceptions, one that not only causes
us to struggle far more with lust but also causes us to feel
alienated from ourselves, others, and God!
God did not create our bodies to be ashamed of or to cause
us to lust and fall into sin if we see them without
clothes! In Mark 7:14-15 Jesus said: "Listen to me,
everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can
make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what
comes out of a man that makes him 'unclean.' " In verses
20-23 He continues "What comes out of a man is what makes him
'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come
evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and
folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man
'unclean.' " Yet many Christians believe that it is
what's outside (seeing nudity) rather than what's in side (our
evil or lewd thoughts of nudity) that causes lust. That
idea is part of Satan's deception and one that greatly
increases lustful temptation by making nudity taboo, a tease,
and forbidden rather than accepted without shame.
1st. Corinthians 2:16 says that Christians have the
mind of Christ, would Jesus' mind regard the human body (which
He created and proclaimed to be very good) as something
obscene, indecent, lewd, and shameful which causes lust?
NO! and neither should Christians! If we were
truly living in Christ we wouldn't regard the human body in
anyway different than God does, and God clearly regards it as
good and wonderful without shame.
As a popular praise song says we should be trading our
shame for the joy of the Lord.
"I'm trading my sorrows
I'm trading my
I'm laying them down
For the joy of the Lord."
- from the song "Trading My Sorrows"
Founder - RejectShame.com
Copyright © 2002 Nate
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