Christianity and Nudism
Are Christian Nudists Going Against The Bible?
Christian Nudists - Christianity and Nudism - According to this poll, the majority of Americans, 83% in fact, declare themselves to be Christians. So where might Christianity and nudism come together in the U.S.?
First, a brief description of Christianity: Christianity first came to life early in the 1st century AD, and was largely based on Jesus of Nazareth. His performing of miracles, teachings, and subsequent crucifixion and resurrection promoted him as the son of God. Since its inception, Christianity has branched off into many forms, while still holding onto its original tenet- the belief that Jesus is the Son of God and the Messiah. In Hebrew, Messiah means ‘anointed one’, whereas the Greek ‘Christos’ is where the English word Christ came from.
Christians have the belief that Jesus, also known as the Messiah, was conceived by God’s Holy Spirit on the Virgin Mary. It is also believed that he was anointed by God to be the savior, and that his coming fulfilled the prophecies in the Old Testament of the Bible. At the core of Christian belief in the Messiah is the idea that by believing in and accepting that through his death and resurrection, Jesus offered salvation, forgiveness, and a promise of eternal life. Many Christians also believe that Jesus is the incarnation of God, and that even though he became human, he did not sin. It is also written that he will come again onto the earth to finish fulfilling the prophecies. There is much more written about Jesus’ adulthood than his early life and especially just before his death. Christians believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection are the true basis of their beliefs, and that they are the most important events in history, so much so that they are remembered yearly with the celebration of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Christian churches tend to teach the New Testament and the story of Jesus’ resurrection with little or no variation, while other faiths regard it as more of a myth. Christians adopted a belief in the Trinity, or the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, which is in fact one being, and at the same time three distinct beings. There is a small faction of Christians who completely reject the belief in the Trinity, most notably Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Latter Day Saints. These two faiths have distinctly dissimilar views, not only from each other, but from the main body of Christians as a whole.
Is nudism a part of Christian beliefs or are Christian nudists going against the bible?
The practice of Nudism, or Naturism is a lifestyle choice. Nudism can be traced to Germany early in the twentieth century, but also has its roots in other sources, such as a return to nature and social equality. Christian nudists tend to cling to a common theme which follows that in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were not ashamed of seeing each other nude, but were in fact ashamed of having sinned by eating the forbidden fruit, and so in effect were trying to cover their shame with the fig leaves, not their bodies. There are many Christian naturist clubs in nearly every denomination, and they have no trouble reconciling their clothing-free lifestyle with worshiping God. They even promote that nowhere in the Bible does God condemn nudity. There are scriptures to support this, as in the New International version of the Bible:Genesis 2:25: “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Another scripture from the same version of the Bible,Isaiah 20:3-4, states
“3 Then the LORD said, ‘Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush, 4 so the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared—to Egypt’s shame.’” These verses do not endorse nudity nor attach shame to it; leaning more towards shaming their enemies by stripping them of their prestige, not by forcing them to go about naked. Clothing in Biblical times was worn for warmth or prestige, not to cover their bodies for fear of someone seeing them unclothed. There are many web sites devoted to Christian nudists & to the practice of Christian Naturism, and many that have clubs that allow you to be there in person, not merely online. Some of these sites strive too hard to point out that nudity is not something to be ashamed of according to the Bible, although there are scriptures where it is clearly inferred. Many naturist resorts will offer church services on their premises, where, of course, everyone is nude, but as for actual churches in the USA devoted to this practice there are very few. Of course, even in the Bible it is not really necessary to gather for worship in a building meant for that purpose, but merely to have a gathering place. It can be assumed that there are in fact churches intended for use by naturists.
Christianity and Nudism
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