The Bible, Nakedness And The Christian Naturist
We are indebted to the editor and publisher of Fig leaf Forum for allowing us to use their material in this website. The following are items that are used to explain what Christian naturists agree on:
The Bible never describes human nakedness as being inherently shameful or inherently sinful.
- Mankind was created “in the image of God” (Genesis 1.27), “naked and unashamed” (Genesis 2.25).
- After they sinned, mankind covered themselves out of fear, not shame (Genesis 3.10).
- God mercifully clothed mankind out of physical necessity, not moral necessity (Genesis 3.17-19, 23-24).
- Except where forbidden in formal worship by specific religious or cultural conventions (examples: Exodus 20.26, 28.42-43, 1 Corinthians 11.5-6), there are no Biblical prohibitions of nakedness.
- Wherever shame is associated with nakedness in the Bible, it is: a. shame due to sinful conduct found in conjunction with nakedness (examples: Genesis 9.20-25, Jeremiah 13.26, Ezekiel 23.29-30, Nahum 3.5-6, Habakkuk 2.15-16); b. shame due to status as vanquished people (examples: Isaiah 20.4, 47.3, Micah 1.11); c. figuratively, shame due to spiritual deficiency (examples: Revelation 3.17-18, 16.15).
- The act of “clothing the naked” spoken about in both the Old and New Testaments refers to the provision of physical needs, not moral needs (examples: Isaiah 58.7, Ezekiel 18.7, 18.16, Job 31.19, Matthew 25.36-43, James 2.15-16).
- Though physical clothing is regarded as a moral necessity in our worldly society, such is not taught by the Bible. By contrast, the Bible teaches the ineffectuality of external prohibitions based on “human commands and teachings” in controlling sinful desires (Colossians 2.20-23). It instructs the redeemed to “clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13.14, Galatians 3.26-27). Holy conduct results from the internal work of the Holy Spirit, not external rules (John 14.16-17, Galatians 5.22-24, Hebrews 8.10).
- Christians who choose to be naked in the presence of others must do so appropriately.Their motives must be pure (1 Chronicles 28.9, Proverbs 16.2, 21.2, Hebrews 4.12-13).
- Their activities must be honourable and glorifying to God (1 Corinthians 6.19-20, 10.31, 1 Thessalonians 4.3-7); loving and respectful of others (Romans 14.12-15.1, 1 Corinthians 8.9); and legal (Romans 13.1-7, 1 Peter 2.11-16).
We have put together a tract so that Fellowship members who are challenged by their Christian friends or encounter hostile reactions from their churches may have a tool which they may use to diffuse the situation. You can download it here Explaining CNF to a Christian