wetwo wrote: ↑
Sat May 16, 2020 4:40 pm
clothing should be used to protect the body from sun and cold and anything else that would damage or arm what God has created for us to live in while on earth. I also have no issue with people being more comfortable in clothing but I would see using clothing to hide the body as being a sin. I would also see those who treat nudist differently as clothed people, they too, are also sinning.
I wonder how Christian opponents of public nudity reconcile their views with the fact that the prophet Isaiah went around naked for three years
A couple of years ago someone started a thread on another forum about a group of women who'd done an anti-Trump political ad, without wearing clothes. A lot of the critics insisted that "its hypocritical for them to use their sexuality to get attention when they constantly rail about being sexual objects": I pointed out that this implicit assumption that whenever a woman doesn't cover up her body enough it must be for the purpose of male titillation is a very problematic attitude. (And in relation to Christianity, seemingly counter-productive to treat bodies as some kind of tantalizing forbidden fruit which can't even be viewed without falling prey to 'sin'!)
Took me a while after posting my response to that topic to realize that I've got a naked guy in my avatar, there as here
I wonder how many Christians object that Michaelangelo's Creation of Adam
fresco or his David
sculpture are somehow 'sinful'? Maybe in their heads they classify art as being somehow different, but I think it's just that same thing that people implicitly (or explicitly) associate unclothed bodies with sexuality as a general rule, with few if any exceptions. Probably the best way to get past that hang-up is to overturn the taboo by having some more nudity!
In the second book of C. S. Lewis' space trilogy, Ransom travels to Perelandra
(Venus) to meet and help guide the Eve of that planet, its first woman. She wears no clothing and in the hot climate Ransom finds it best not to bother either, but one day he awakes to find that the demonic creature who'd also arrived had taught her how to make clothes out of bird feathers, and she asks Ransom why he hadn't already shared that knowledge with her, which the people of Earth all understood?
"Ah," said Ransom, "but it is different there. It is cold."
"So the Stranger said," she answered. "But not in all parts of your world. He says they do it even where it is warm."
"Has he said why they do it?"
"To be beautiful. Why else?" said the Lady, with some wonder in her face.
"Thank Heaven," thought Ransom, "he is only teaching her vanity"; for he had feared something worse. Yet could it be possible, in the long run, to wear clothes without learning modesty, and through modesty lasciviousness?