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Why Nudity Is The Point June 6, 2009

[In Genesis] Moses concluded his description of paradise by saying Adam and Eve were naked and were not ashamed.  I hate being naked.  Here’s the thing about being naked:  When you’re naked, all you’re thinking about is the fact you’re naked.

Moses said they were naked and weren’t ashamed.  Moses repeated this idea five times.  In just one hundred words used to describe Paradise and the Fall, the main thing he said, again and again, was that they were naked.  And if Moses said it five times then you would think, when we consider the Garden of Eden and the fall of man, the first thing we would think of what that this was when we started wearing clothes.  The very first thing that happened after Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was that they noticed they were naked.

Moses was explaining all of humanity, right there in Geneses chapter 3.

Here is what I think Moses was saying:  Man is wired so he gets his glory (his security, his understanding of value, his feeling of purpose, his feeling of rightness with his Maker, his security for eternity) from God, and this relationship is so strong, and God’s love is so pure, that Adam and Eve felt no insecurity at all, so much so that they walked around naked and didn’t even realize they were naked.  But when that relationship was broken, they knew it instantly.  All of their glory, the glory that came from God, was gone.  [Now] man would be pining for other people to tell him that he was good, right, okay with the world.

We all compare ourselves to others, and none of our emotions – like jealousy and envy and lust – could exist unless man was wired so that somebody else told him who he was, and that somebody else was gone.  Moses, in chapters 3 and 3 of Genesis, has presented a personality theory more comprehensive that the writings of Freud, Maslow, Frankl, and Skinner combined.  Ad he did it in only a hundred words.

 From “Searching For God Knows What” by Donald Miller

 

2 Responses to “Why Nudity Is The Point”

  1. Peter Says:

    After the Flood, God reiterates the “be fruitful and multiply” command to Noah, the same as to Adam previously. And murder is forbidden because man, like Adam/Eve, is made in the image and likeness of God. Noah is a like Adam.

    Noah gets drunk and in this state sheds his clothing. Subtle clues imply that Noah is like Adam after the Fall and the humanity that comes from Noah will be like Adam in feeling shame.

  2. nadamadison Says:

    Donald- I don’t know much about the bible, but thank you for your comment. It’s easy to condemn.


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