Perversion Is the Audacity to Call Nakedness Evil

Adam-or-Eve

Adam and Eve – Before the Dawn of Consciousness

As I begin the process of writing my poems for book three, I find myself thinking, almost obsessively, about all the implications of the images and the poems. It all begins with Adam and Eve. In this post, I want to highlight the fact of being born naked, being created in the Creator’s image.

“So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.” [Genesis 1:27]

We know that they were created without clothing, a fact that is reinforced with the birth of every human being since the first man and woman. No one questions this fact, even those most angry and upset about the naked human body. If one is to “believe” these words from the bible, then the “image” of God is not restricted to the male human form, but includes the female human form as well. The word “image” is powerful and doesn’t give us much wiggle room when it comes to interpretation. Yet, as a human species, we have turned all of this on its head as though what was said and what was meant were polar opposites.

For example, every image we dare create of God has the Creator in the form of a man. At least this is what we have allowed to exist. Not only is the Creator in the form of a man, but that man is always lost in voluminous robes so that as little skin as possible is visible – hands, face and not much more. Even in the Garden of Eden, where the Creator enjoys the company of Adam and Eve, that Creator is always hidden in multitudinous folds of material while Adam and Eve are totally naked. Okay, so maybe we weren’t supposed to take being made in the Creator’s image literally, in spite of what fundamentalists preach to us.

Adam and Eve decide to disobey the boundaries set by the creator (and there is a psychological side to this that begs to be told) resulting in both of them becoming aware of their nakedness. Their first response – and I must be clear that it is their response, not the Creator’s response – is to invent clothing and “hide” their naked, the truth of their being made in the Creator’s image. It is the image of the Creator finding Adam and Eve “covered” that elicits a heated response from the Creator. Prior to the covering, the Creator had been mightily pleased with these two humans and called their creation, naked – good. Finding them covered, hiding their reflection of the Creator’s image, goodness had been tarnished, soiled, even disowned by Adam and Eve.

And today, we credit God for the creation of clothing. We proscribe nakedness as offensive to God and godly people. We vilify women as evil responsible for the downfall of man and the loss of the Garden of Eden, Paradise. We build religions around the godly [male] beliefs that man must be protected from their sexuality, a sexuality that is lit on fire with the mere image of a woman. And we dare to call the perversions of our religions as Holy Gospel, the Word of God. Nice sleight of hand to call black, white.

About A Naturist's Lens

I am a therapist that focuses on the use of active imagination, photograph, dreamwork and Jungian Psychology in order to uncover the whole person hidden beneath layers of personae, complexes and clothing.

Posted on January 20, 2015, in Jungian Psychology, Naturism. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Body-shame, the “shame” of being physically-naked, is learned, not innate, and is based on one of the lies that Satan told to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Satan is the one who has the vested-interest in keeping us clothed, because our unclothed, unadorned bodies are a constant reminder of God, our Creator. Satan is the father of lies, and he has been telling whoppers ever since the Garden.

    God, our Creator, is not ashamed of our unclothed, unadorned bodies. He created them, and called them “very good”. Even though we have problems imagining our Creator as being naked, God, in Jesus Christ, had no such problems. He had no qualms about laying aside His garments to wash His disciple’s feet in the upper room. He also didn’t shrink back in shame as He was stripped naked, flogged to within an inch of His life, and then hung naked on a Roman cross. He was also not ashamed to walk naked from that borrowed tomb three days later, and confront one of His closest friends, a woman, with the reality of His resurrection. Our Creator became one of us, and one with us, in the person of Jesus Christ, and He experienced life as we do, naked parts and all.

    Those who should have the story straight, Bible-believing Christians, are among the most deceived, because they refuse to reject the lie long enough to learn the truth. As a Bible-believing Christian, I believed the lie until I was exposed to enough of the truth to hunger for more. Now I am on a mission to expose the lie everywhere I find it, and the word is getting out. “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you FREE.” (John 8:32)

    Steve

    • Steve Clearwater

      From this morning’s sermon at church:
      1. What were the first clothes and what was their purpose? v1 I am putting on the love of the Lord.
      Leaves, sewn hastily by Adam and Eve, then upgraded to animal skins, from freshly sacrificed animals, in a world where there was supposed to be no death.
      Wow – what brought this about? The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. To be able to know good and evil, to be able judge, discriminate between good and evil. You would think that was a good thing, “teach the difference between right and wrong.”
      Problem – there was no evil to know about. God had just declared everything He made as “good.” Adam and Eve were even naked, and were not ashamed. It was all good.
      The only potential evil was the desire to try to find evil where there was none. In wanting to know the distinctions of good and evil, Adam and Eve wanted to be able to find fault – with God, with creation, with God’s ways. That was the essence of that tree – it was the source of the ability to find fault, to criticize and judge and condemn.
      And who inspired this? The Serpent, Satan, the Devil, the fault finder, the accuser. The root meaning of devil is “to bring charges.”
      But who is the only One qualified to judge? God. Satan got kicked out of Heaven for wanting God’s throne, and now he is telling the first people, if you eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “you shall be like God, knowing good and evil.” or, “You’ll be able to judge.”
      So they ate, and their eyes were opened, but this is what the devil does. He gets you to sin, and then accuses you of it, condemns you for it, and shames you because of it, casting a dark cloud over your whole life.
      So as soon as they ate, and their eyes were opened, and they were able to judge, the devil said, “Hey guess what? There is a problem, a problem with the way God made you. A big problem we should all be concerned about – you’re naked! God made you, and called you good, and put you in a good place, but He forgot your outfits. You’re naked! And you should be ashamed!”
      God even asked Adam and Eve later, “Who told you that you were naked?”
      We may have many reasons to clothe ourselves, for style or comfort or to be appropriate or for protection. We may have many reasons to clothe ourselves, but shame should not be one of them. The Cross of Jesus Christ has taken away all of our guilt and shame.
      So what are we to be clothed in? Love. I’m putting on the Love of the Lord. This does two things:
      Being clothed in Love takes away our guilt and shame because the God who made us in His image loves us, has atoned for our sins, and accepts us unconditionally. This is the way it should have been all along from the beginning.
      And, being clothed in Love takes away our desire for fault finding and judging others – that evil hunger for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Inquiring minds want to know!
      So, I don’t know about you, I’m putting on the love of the Lord! I don’t want to be judged, I don’t want to judge. Ode 3 is about
      receiving God’s love, being filled with, and giving God’s love.

  2. Reblogged this on clothes free life and commented:
    Love this post was just having a similar conversation recently

  3. We should remember that the human writing this was probably male, thus the whole passage is biased in that direction. If it had been written by a woman, even in the same culture, I wonder how it would have been couched.

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