The Need for Nakedness
Dr. Kluane Spake http://kluane.com
At the center of the created universe, the first couple stood as the crowning glory of creation — naked and unashamed. The Lord God looked at that naked couple and said it was “GOOD.” There are times when being naked are in God’s perfect will.
It all points back to the fact that naked humanity was created in God’s image and likeness. Of course, we know that consciousness of sin came at the Fall and the need to cover their shame with leaves and then skins immediately seemed necessary.
The point of this article is that as Christians, we often clothe ourselves with fig-leaves of social and ministerial expectation. Surely, the Lord is speaking to us about taking off the leaves of shame and sin — and becoming more authentic, and not trying to bamboozle our way through life trying to be something or someone else.
There is some ambiguity in the translations… some assuming that the word for “naked” wasn’t really being naked. Perhaps, translators tampered with the original Hebrew and Greek, because they found nudity too embarrassing. But, the study of the original language seems to substantiate nakedness means “no clothes.” But, whatever you believe is fine… Historically, a loin cloth or underwear wasn’t typically worn during this time.
Hebrews 4:13 (NKJV) “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
We want to proceed with caution on this topic, understanding that “underneath it all” nakedness represents the purity of living as a Christian without pretense.