A guest post from Figleaf:
Almost everyone loves the old hymn – Amazing Grace. The melody and words easily flow from the memory banks of our mind and out of our mouth with deep warm affection. “I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.” We understand that verse to mean we were at one time spiritually blind to the truth of the gospel – blinded by the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4). But in the last couple of years I’ve discovered the reverse can also be true in a very positive way. What I once could see – now I am blind to it!
Satan (the god of this age) and his demons are very adept at blinding humanity to spiritual truths. But his first attack was not to blind, but to have eyes opened! He even bragged to Eve how their opened eyes will make them like God (Genesis 3:4-7). As usual he spoke in half truths – their eyes certainly were opened, but they were not anymore like God than he was.
Adam and Eve’s newly opened eyes revealed to them a new perception of body shame, fear, confusion, and disrupted relationship with each other and Father God. I imagine how in horror they quickly wished they were blind to all of these things once again. Perhaps they would have been better off putting the fig leaves over their eyes instead of their bodies!
And now Adam and Eve’s perceptions of this new reality have been successfully passed down to humanity for centuries and generations. Much of this perception has been focused on one thing Satan hates the most – the naked human body as the image of God. He has successfully influenced culture, society, and the church to reinforce this perception. On one hand he stirs up lust for the human body, and on the other hand he brings shame upon it.
Fortunately the darkness of blinded deception is occasionally pierced by the glorious light of truth. For me, this glorious light of truth came packaged in the surprising wrapping of Christian Naturism. All of the previously viewed books, videos, and blogs under the banner of Naturism have brought a light of truth that has been so bright it has blinded me to the lust and shame of my naked human body and the bodies of others around me.
Yes, I once could see and now I”m blind – and so thankful for what I no longer see when I look at a naked human body. It’s kind of like being back in Eden. With truth I’ve thrown the old serpent out of my garden, and now I enjoy my nudity without shame or lust – just as Father God intended.
Phil’s commentary: Thanks to Figleaf for this beautiful and insightful reflection. I’m so glad to resonate so strongly with your conclusions. I thought I would tack on this YouTube video that David Hatton was kind enough to send to me just today. I thought what Sister Wendy (the art nun) said so eloquently went well with Figleaf’s great word. She says at the end of this short video, “There’s nothing, nothing amiss in any part of the human body… There’s to me something far more salacious about these sort of snickers and criticisms than in just a Christian delight in God’s skill.”