God's Image |
|God invented Matter.
He invested His great, creative self in this world and,
specifically in the design of our bodies. The
least we can do is be grateful.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image,"
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God
he created him; male and female he created them. Gen.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very
good. Gen 1:31
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 8:4,5
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 92:4,5
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
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 29:16
"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." Isaiah 45:9-12
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay,
you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
But who are you, O man, to talk back to God?
"shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you
make me like this?' Romans 9:20
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and
that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's
Temple, God Will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and
you are that temple. 1st Cor. 3:16,17
Do you not know that your body is the Temple of the Holy
Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
You are not your own; you were bought with a
price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1st
For we are the temple of the living God. 2nd
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be
rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 1 Tim. 4:4
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 anything good.
(All Scriptures quoted above are in the NIV
You may be thinking that you have positive, pure,
wholesome, and accepting attitudes toward the human
body. Do you? Do you feel that way about the human
body when it's unclothed, or only when it's "decently"
clothed?! If you are a Christian today in the United
States you most likely believe that the unclothed human body
is obscene, indecent, the source of impure lust, and
completely unacceptable accept perhaps when you are in private
bathing or alone with your spouse.
Rom. 14:16 says "Do not allow what you consider good to be
spoken of as evil." I don't just consider the human body
to be good (clothed and/or unclothed) God does!
Everything else God created by giving a spoken command, but
not us or our bodies, which shows how important we are to
God. He spoke the day, the night, the stars, moon, sun,
and earth into existence. He spoke dry land and sea into
existence. He spoke all the plants and animals into
existence, including beasts that roam the land, birds that fly
through the air, and fish that swim the seas. But
humanity He made with His own hands, physically shaping the
human body out of the dust of the ground, physically breathing
life into the human body and creating a beautiful garden where
we could live in Him, naked and unashamed. After God
created humanity physically making the human body and
breathing life into it, He said it was not just good, but
"very good.” In spite of this the predominate teaching
about the human body (especially the unclothed body) among
Christians has been that it is obscene, indecent, and the
source of impure lust, this is an insult to God and a satanic
lie that must be exposed.
What God created and said is very good should not be spoken
of as evil! To believe that God's creation (itself) is
in anyway obscene, indecent, or the source of impure lust
clothed or unclothed is reprehensible and dishonors its
creator. There is no excuse or Scriptural defense for
believing this. It is a lie from Satan intended to
devalue the worth of God's creation (and thereby also the
creator) while keeping God's children in greater bondage to
shame and impure lust.
Impure lust comes from sinful, disobedient thoughts, not
the body. However if all you've been taught about the
body is that it's indecent, and if the context you've most
often encountered nudity in is sexual, it is likely that you
have never questioned that belief, you simply accepted
it. If you believe that the unclothed human body is
indecent it is my prayer that you will change that destructive
belief. I pray also that you will reclaim the knowledge
that the human body (clothed and unclothed) is "very good" and
nothing to be ashamed of, as God said it was when he created
It is inconsistent and contradictory to say the body is
good and decent clothed, and obscene or indecent
unclothed! Such contradiction only leads to confusion,
conflict, and unhealthy, destructive attitudes about the
body. It is double minded (dualistic) thinking.
The Bible says that God hates double-mindedness and that those
that are double minded are unstable in all they do.
James 4:8 says: "Come near to God and he will come near
to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts,
you double minded."
So what can you do to purify your heart and thinking
regarding the human body? The obvious place to start is
with your beliefs. If you now believe that any part of
the human body is indecent or obscene (covered or uncovered)
you need to change that belief. A good place to start is
with the scriptures listed above that establish God's creation
Belief needs to be backed up with action. Faith
without action is not only dead, but right action builds up
and increases faith. A good place to start is at home
alone and with your family learning to become comfortable with
and accept yours and others bodies in a non-sexual way both
clothed and unclothed. However in this society where we
are bombarded with messages equating nudity with sex, I do not
feel that keeping nudity at home among family only gives a
broad enough perspective to effectively combat those messages.
While it is not my intent to promote nudist clubs I do
believe that non-sexual, social nudity is vitally important in
shaping more positive attitudes about the body today.
(I'd prefer to see the situation that created the need for
nudist clubs eliminated.) If the context you've most
often encountered nudity in is sexual that is what you are
conditioned to associate nudity with. Since public
nudity is not accepted (and is in most places illegal in
today’s society) nudist clubs can be a very valuable
resource. They allow people to experience non-sexual
nudity in a much broader social context then alone or with
"family only" and thus more effectively help change attitudes
and responses toward the human body.
The situation that created the need for "nudist clubs"
(i.e. few if any ways to experience non-sexual nudity) did not
exist as much before the industrial revolution and Victorian
era. Before that time non-sexual nudity was far more
commonplace simply as a practical matter of daily life.
There was simply a less privacy for nudity in a world were
whole families usually slept together and had no indoor
plumbing. Swimming suits were first developed in the mid
1800's before that time publicly swimming nude was accepted
(as it should be again) even among presidents and kings.
Far more importantly, while pornography has existed for
thousands of years (in some form), there has never been the
easy access to, mass availability, and abundance of it in
history as there is today. Nudity has become so strongly
associated with sex and porn in our society because the lack
of non-sexual nudity fuels the sexual exploitation of it by
Many people don't seem to realize that the repression of
nudity in non-sexual contexts invites it's sexual exploitation
and causes people to have more sinful thoughts about the human
body! Yet, the Bible talks about this type of situation in
many places such as when Paul says in Romans 7: 7b&8 "For
I would not have known what is was to covet if the law had not
said, 'do not covet.' But sin, seizing the opportunity
afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of
covetous desire." Likewise the suppression of non-sexual
nudity, by law etc., has produced the mass sexual exploitation
This situation is urgently pointing to the need for
wholesome, positive ways for people to fulfill their interest
in the body. Normal, non-sexual, nudity fills that need
and reduces the desire for pornography. The problem with
pornography isn't nudity, the problem is how it uses and
exploits it, arousing sexual desire outside of the context for
which God designed it.
Pornography demeans and cheapens both the body and sex,
reducing them to objects solely for selfish
gratification. It often stimulates destructive, abusive,
selfish, unrealistic, and unattainable sexual fantasies in
those who view it. It takes what God meant to be
beautiful, precious, and shared in love, and makes it
something cheap, and selfish, that can be taken, even
forced. Pornography feeds on and exploits suppressed
interest in the body and sex.
Social, non-sexual nudity satisfies interest in the body in
a wholesome, positive way. Acceptance of non-sexual
nudity is more needed and essential now, than ever, to
counteract the negative influence of pornography. It is
time that nudity is redeemed for wholesome purposes, from
those who would malign or exploit it.
Perhaps you are starting to sense why this issue is
important. Clearly promoting negative, attitudes toward
the human body has not honored God or served to help us
respond to it in a more Godly way. The journey you may
have started here is a journey that will likely strongly
challenge long held beliefs, but one that could free you from
a Satan inspired lie. It is a journey that I am very
thankful I took. One I pray you will undertake seeking
truth regarding what is the most Godly (and spiritually
helpful) way to view the human body and nudity, as obscene and
indecent, or as God made and therefore inherently pure and
David BloodFounder - RejectShame.com
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