Nudity and the Main Churches/Religions

Nudity and the Main Churches

      Many churches and denominations run on being conservative. I feel that it is the church doctrines and who wrote it were conservative and as the church grew in numbers, the doctrines stuck with no change and traveled from church to church. This goes with the lack of mortification, religious in-tolerance and change in doctrines. Many state that nudity is immoral and sinful. I totally dis-agree at every level. The Old Religion reveres in it and has been around for thousands and thousands of years (Over 8,000 years).
Nudity in the bible and in other holy books from other religions all basically state that there is nothing wrong with nudity. That for many it is showing that they bare all for the world to see. That they hide nothing and have no hidden agenda. They bare their heart and soul and they become "Transparent."

If You are honest, truthful and transparent (nude), people trust you. If people trust you, they have no grounds for fear, jealousy or suspicion. 
Statue of an Angel baring it all. Photo taken
at the Vatican in Rome.

Here is Christian Scripture for reference:

Taken from the Bible for affirmation of the written word

From the Old Testament:
Isaiah 20:2"The Lord told Isaiah, the son of Amoz, to take off his clothing, including his shoes, and to walk around naked and barefoot" (MPOV) Isaiah's nudity, which was to continue for three years, was symbolic of the Assyrians conquering Egypt and Ethiopia, when they carted their prisoners away naked and barefoot. Isaiah was clearly acting as a naturist, but not necessarily of his own choosing. And God used his nudity to teach others humility and obedience. Many centuries later, St., Francis of Assisi followed Isaiah's behavior. He removed his clothes in the center of the village. He and Brother Rufino later preached nude in church.

Job 22:6: "For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for naught, and stripped the naked of their clothing." (KJV) This is a criticism of unrighteous people who are totally lacking in empathy for other individuals. They are so keen to exploit others that they take from the naked what they do not have: clothes. There is no condemnation for the naked in this passage.

Micah 1:8"Because of this I will weep and wail; I will go about barefoot and naked" Like Samuel and Isaiah, Micah prophesied while unclad (nude).

Wiccan Religion prays nude (skyclad) but not all do.

From the New Testament:
Mark 10:46-50: "... blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging...And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus." (KJV) It is unclear why he wished to come to Jesus naked. But his actions were not condemned.

John 13:4-5 (KJV): Jesus "... riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded." This is a passage from the last supper. After finishing eating, Jesus removed all of his clothes, wrapped himself in a towel and later used the towel to wash the feet of his disciples. He washed their feet nude. This is way of showing his own humbleness, humility and respect for his followers. ~** what is taught here is that, Jesus was the model servant and he showed his servant attitude to his disciples.  Washing guest feet was a job for a household slave to carry out when guest arrived. Jesus wrapped a towel around his waist, as lowliest slave would do, and washed and dried his disciples’ feet with the towel that he wore. If even he, God in the flesh, is willing to serve, we as followers must also be servants willing to serve in any way that glorifies God.  ~ Imagine being Peter and watching Jesus wash the feet of others nude as a lowly slave would. Seeing his Master behave like a slave must have confused Peter. He did not understand Jesus’, teaching that to be a leader, a person must be a servant. This is not a comfortable passage for leaders who find it hard to serve those beneath them. ~ How do you treat those who work under you? Whether they are children, employees, volunteers or a congregation?

1 Corinthians 8:9"Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak." Some interpreters believe that this is a generic statement that a Christian must not engage in any behavior that might cause another believer to falter. They might argue that nudism may tempt some persons to have unclean thoughts. Other interpreters note that the passage is preceded and followed with discussions of eating meat that had been used in Pagan rituals.

The Gospel of Thomas is a recently discovered Gospel that was in wide use among early Christian groups, but which never made it into the official canon of the Bible. One verse reads: 
"His disciples asked, 'When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?' Jesus answered, 'When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then will you see the son of the Living One, and you will not be afraid.' "
Nudity in this case appears to be referring to achieving a state of personal innocence and not being afraid of what others think in the public or churches.
Romans 14:13, Paul writes:
"Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way."

That is, social nudity may be acceptable for one person, yet might cause another person who is more susceptible to sin to falter and sin. Thus one is obligated to avoid social nudity out of concern for others. If applied to social nudism and not preaching nudism.
I have been unable to find a passage in the Bible that specifically condemns public nudity, as in attendance at a naturist resort. There appear to be none which condemns private nudity. There seem to be a number of passages that mention nudity in the presence of others as acceptable behavior. There also appears to be many instances in the history of the Christian Church where public nudity was a normal activity. We would conclude that naturism is not disallowed by the Bible, or by church tradition and that Christians should feel free to investigate naturism freely. Many prophets including Jesus preached were seen nude (as in the last supper).
The two passages in Roman cited above have been used to condemn social nudity. But this appears to be based on incorrect beliefs about the possibility of lustful thoughts.

Pope John Paul II, while still a Polish Cardinal wrote: "Nakedness itself is not immodest... Immodesty is present only when nakedness plays a negative role with regard to the value of the person, when its aim is to arouse concupiscence, as a result of which the person is put in the position of an object for enjoyment.

Religious Event in Seoul South Korea.
Nudity is part of it.
So how would it stand in a church in regards to nudity? At the core of the church it would be condoned. This doesn't mean that I would be standing butt naked on the pulpit. It means that I would wear semi-sheer robes and that nudity is okay.
At the congregation level, it simply means that if someone came to church with holes in their pants and a woman was showing a little of her rear end means, that the church would say nothing and be totally in support and tolerant of how he or she dresses. Yes, that can mean showing cleavage and bellies. My Ministry would NEVER judge by outward appearances. Even God does not judge by appearance, because he judges by whats in the heart and not the clothes or lack of them on the body.

Again, conservative judgmental intolerance is what makes people leave the church. Next Generation churches are growing because they have become more relaxed and tolerant. Lessons for mainstream churches is to make major changes or face extinction by more younger, liberal people.
I wear semi sheer clothing all the time. I get frowns and I get praises. I am just me and I shed those shames and bare my heart and soul for all to see.
In the biker world where I come from, judging seems to be much less than the non rider. I am here to change those beliefs and have you see things in a different light.
I stand before you and bare my heart and soul. I am bound to my beliefs!
I am bound to my beliefs and I bare my
heart and soul to all, for I am transparent! Embrace it!

In Love and Light,

Gale Candice
~Masters of the Old World ~

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