Let Us Err on the Side of Faith

This is written by a personal friend who goes by Okie61. He wrote this short, but profound piece for his family and he was gracious enough to share it with us all.

My Family:

By nature Christians try to err on the side of caution when it comes to doing anything that could offend God or other Christians. When we talk about any concept of covering the human body, most Christians would be even quicker than normal to abandon dialogue and state that ‘erring on the side of caution’ is the only prudent course of action.

But when it comes to depending on the power of Jesus’ blood, isn’t erring on the side of caution also erring on the side of little faith? When considering the power of Christ’s sacrifice to save us, is it wise to err on the side of the argument that judges His perfect gift as being…well…not quite as powerful as Adam’s sin?

God created man and woman with the intent that they walk naked with Him in the cool of the morning. God didn’t do that with a child’s innocence. He authored their perfect life with an intellect we cannot fathom, nor should we question. When God acts, He acts with perfect reason.

God knew man would fail, and God knew that an ultimate sacrifice would be required to forgive man’s sin and restore man to God’s plan. Did God author the sacrifice of His only begotten son so that it would not completely cover Adam’s sin? No. In fact, God used the perfect sacrifice of his only begotten Son so everyone would understand that there was no sacrifice more perfect, more powerful, or more complete. As Christ said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

Sadly, the issue of naturism does cause many Christians to waver in their awe of the power of Jesus’ blood. The worldly view of the naked human form is so steeped into our culture that most Christians mistakenly consider that Christ’s sacrifice falls short of atoning for Adam’s sin. It is Satan’s lie that makes people consider that Christ’s sacrifice wasn’t entirely perfect or complete. Isn’t it an insult to underestimate the power of God? Isn’t that what Peter did when he attempted to walk on the sea to meet Christ? Didn’t that lack of faith by Peter sadden our Savior? Didn’t Christ portray Peter’s lack of faith as a weakness? “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matt. 14:30)

  1. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
  2. Looking unto Jesus the author and FINISHER of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, DESPISING the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Note that Jesus is the author and FINISHER of our faith. He didn’t start it and leave something to be completed later. We are buried in Christ’s death, and we are raised in his resurrection. His blood gives us the power to crucify the lusts that at one time made us sin at seeing the human form— made in His perfect image. Not only does it give us that power, it gives us the responsibility to wash our hearts clean in that sacred blood.

I believe anything less is denying the power of the blood, which washed a wretch like me white as snow. It. Is. Finished.

Your loving dad.

Quotes that Speak to Naturism

Directly and Sometimes Indirectly

I have been collecting quotes relating to many subjects for many years. Below is a collection relating to Naturism and Nudism. Since this was a list that I never intended to share as I began I did not always cite where I found the quotes. So, if you know the source please let me know so it can be updated. Others I have intentionally taken the name off because they may have been from private conversations of online chats. If you recognize a quote as your own and you would like your name added please make me aware. There are many more I have collect but not yet sorted, but I’m guessing that most people will not want to read through more that fifteen pages of quoted. 

I would like to thank Phil O. and Mrs. Phil for allowing me the opportunity to make this list public. They are an inspiration and I look forward to meeting them in person in the future.

Thank You,

Randy


Definitions

“Naturism is the enjoyment of getting naked as possible, wherever and whenever appropriate, alone or with others just for its own sake.”—Liz and James Egger, The Complete Guide to Nudism, Naturism & Nudists

The unclad human body is either morally neutral, or it is not. Naturists are moral reformers, whether they think of themselves in those terms or not. Naturism calls upon people to regard their own bodies and those of others as acceptable, not something to be feared or reviled. —Gregg Gatewood (https://nakedtruthjournal.blogspot.com/2010/10/transparency-in-facebook-age.html?m=1#comment-form)

“[Nudity] doesn’t have to be communal before it becomes nudism.” —Liz Egger  

“Nudism is a simple non-judgmental recognition of what is.”  -Sean Ian Hale 

“I am not a naturist, a nudist, a streaker, nor an exhibitionist. Labels are for clothes. My unclothed appearance is also not motivated sexually nor out of any gratuitous need to seek attention. I believe that while society continues to have a fundamentally negative relationship with the human body and appearance, we can never be a free or mature society. It’s the 21st century. Time to evolve.” – Russell Higgs – naked activist

“While Ethical Naturists enjoy the freedom of being nude, they also see naturism as a creed and a life philosophy. They believe that it is immoral to make people ashamed and embarrassed of their own image. They understand that society’s attitude towards the human body results in a lack of self-esteem.  The consequence is often a lack of self-confidence and the beginning of a variety of emotional dysfunctions. Accordingly, they strive to accept their natural selves and to respect others.” —BareOaks Family Naturist Park https://www.bareoaks.ca/ethical-naturism/

Creation 

“The existence in so many places of the tendency toward nudity is not a testimony to the fallenness of man. It is rather a testimony of the original condition of man … The inner desire to be naked and unashamed is a longing to get back to our original perfection.”— Philo Thelos 

“When we gaze upon the human body with purity of heart, what we are seeing is God himself” —Jim C.Cunningham

“The key to being Naked is not just about taking your clothes off … It’s about seeing, feeling and acknowledging every inch of your skin as a holy temple.”—Stephanie McManus  

“As a naturist myself I find it astonishing that a religion can worship a particular deity yet regard its most miraculous creation – the human body – as obscene and wicked and so shameful that it should be hidden from view.” —Liz Egger  

“You, reader, were created by the divine Word in your mother’s womb no less truly than Adam & Eve were created by Him. The same beautiful, wonderful, creative God still creates beautiful, wonderful things, including your body.” —Jim Cunningham 

“Nudity is the purest expression of the beauty which is visible, perfect and manifest work of God.—Alexandre Najjar” 

“A Creator-honoring, incarnational view of the naked human body dispels the fantasy-laden, porno-prudish conception religiously taught and pornographically exploited in Western culture.” David Hatton  

“If only we are as upfront about our nakedness as God originally intended, we will dispel the dark lies of pornography and also come To appreciate our own unique, very real beauty “ —Jim Cunningham  

“What the nudist does believe is that the artificial conditions of our machine age have robbed man of light and air that are not only valuable but essential to his physical well-being.” -Frances & Mason Merrill  

“If man were meant to be naked, he would have been born naked” –Oscar Wilde

Self Image

“No one – not one single person in the whole world!- should ever look in the mirror and think “this body is not acceptable to be seen nude.” — Steve @ anaturistfamily.com

“After my morning in the buff, I’m calling BS on “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Going naked with three strangers showed me that beauty is entirely mine to own.”—Jo Stanley

“Nakedness should never be discouraged…the very fact that the law does not permit exposure of certain sex organs is bound to give children a warped attitude toward the human body.”—A.S.Neill

“Conversely, getting naked was the thing that made me realize I am more than a sum of my parts and that no one will ever put me under the micro-scope I’d applied to myself.”—Amy Nickell 

“The truest you can be is taking off those clothes.”—Dacher Keltner

“Naturism offers a way of being that dares to suggest that who we are without any additions or covering up is all we need to be.”—Philip Carr-Gomm  

“Our genitals are neither vulgar or shameful, but the way we have been taught has made us subconsciously feel uneasy about the entire matter.” —Dennis Craig Smith, Naked Fear  

“Body image and the shame for it is a time honored way to sell all sorts of products. It’s insane, but it’s hard to break. When you do break free, it’s like a ton of chains have fallen off your shoulders.”  —Name Withheld  

“For girls especially, there is so much pressure in our society to be a perfect size. As a result, there is a whole generation of people killing themselves to meet a standard that is impossible. Part of living a naturist lifestyle is accepting your body and regaining a normal body image.”-Nicky Hoffman   

“The path to body acceptance is quickly accomplished —and is fun. Since nudity is our natural state, so is body acceptance our natural state. We are born with it and are returning to it; and since we have already been there, there is nothing new to learn. It is simply a remembering of something we’ve already experienced and is accomplished with great joy and freedom— and a sense of returning home.” —Daniel Ziegler  

“Why would anyone want to teach their children their bodies are disgusting, unacceptable and offensive to even look at? Why would anyone want to teach their children self shame, self disgust and to despise their body or any one else’s body? Why would anyone set a bad example to their children by having a prejudicial bigotry against another group of people?” —Unknown

“Here I am! Naked and unafraid! You don’t even have to love me, but is it so much to ask you to simply co-exist?” —Dan Carlson  

“In the world of textiles, we are constantly being bombarded by Madison Avenue and the advertising industry with messages of how we are to look, act, dress, behave, and feel, and it is implied that if we don’t live up to these expectations, I.e. look or dress or act or feel a certain way, there is something wrong with us. We begin to compare ourselves with the models on the screen rather than real people, and we begin to not like ourselves, believing that only the flawless deserve a high measure of self-esteem.” —Daniel Ziegler  

“For someone to tell me – especially the government – that I have to wear clothes, they’re telling me that I have to be ashamed of myself. Government is mandating that people shame themselves.” —Dan Speers  

“To be naked is to be oneself.” —John Berger, ‘Ways of Seeing’   

“Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity prevents your children from developing an attitude of shame or disgust about the human body. If parents are very secretive about their bodies and go to great lengths to prevent their children from ever seeing a buttock or breast, children will wonder what is so unusual, and even alarming, about human nudity.” —Dr. Lee Salk, Psychiatrist  

“I like it here. When I go to the other swimming pools they all look at my legs. When I come here they look at me.” —12 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy concerning a naturist swim

Religion & Christianity

“God chose the penis to be a sign of the Old Covenant, which He established with Abraham.” —Michael A.Kowalewski.  

“Hiding the body is symptomatic of the soul’s need to hide from God.” —Wayne Olson

“Christians have been partly responsible for this in their attempts to control people’s sexual expression and thereby actually increasing the sexualization of the human body. Clothing actually does nothing to suppress lust and often accentuates it.” —Bob Horrocks 

“To put a loincloth on what God allowed to be stripped off is a sign of our own fears regarding spiritual nakedness.”—Michael A.Kowalewski  

“When sermons teach that [Bathsheba’s] beauty caused King David’s lust, they expound not the words of Scripture but the minds of preachers.” —David L. Hatton

“Oddly enough, when you realize that you actually do have permission before God to see a naked body, it rather loses its mystique and emotional power in your life” —Matthew Neal, The Biblical Naturist http://thebiblicalnaturist.blogspot.com  

“Christians have fallen into the trap of equating nakedness with sin alongside a culture which uses intimately revealing clothing and nakedness to entice and seduce. Such a heady combination has created an unhealthy and unbiblical attitude to the human body.” —Bob Horrocks 

“If uncovered and left that way for periods of time while the mind is kept busy thinking about common life and work, pretty soon the nakedness looses it’s lust appeal —Name Withheld  

“When people teach that the human body is dirty or obscene, it creates fertile ground for pornography. This is why porn addiction is so strong in our society, even among Christians. Our culture is inundated with a sexualized view of the body. I’m sorry to say that the church has been a key player in spreading that idea.” —David L. Hatton 

“Reptiles hide their genitalia to the extent you have to use invasive equipment to figure out if they are male or female. Isn’t it odd that the serpent, the reptile we associate with what God turned Satan into after his garden of Eden assault, is an animal that has no external sex identification?” —Name Withheld  

“When God first asked, “Who told you that you were naked?” it was apparently Satan who had told them this, but now it is missionaries who carry Satan’s message for him telling unaware people around the world that they are naked… For many cultures, which did not previously have a sexually perverted perception of the body, Christians have manufactured indecency where it never before existed…” —Aaron Frost 

“What a singular fact for an angel visitant to this earth to carry back in his note-book, that men were forbidden to expose their bodies under the severest penalties!” —Henry David Thoreau, Journals  

“Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.” —Thomas Fuller  

“How is it possible for the human body, which was created in the image of god, to be offensive to anybody? Satan would love to see God’s greatest creation be considered offensive.” —Cannot locate reference.  

“Forcing others to wear clothes because we cannot control our own lust, is abuse of others.”  

“Fig leaves belong on trees, not people.” —Corky Stanton

Modesty 

“The convention mis-called “modesty” has no standard, and cannot have one, because it is opposed to nature an reason and is therefore an artificiality and subject to anybody’s whim— anybody’s diseased caprice.” —Mark Twain 

“Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.” —John Kenneth Galbraith

“Adam & Eve entered the world naked and unashamed— naked and pure-minded. And no descendant of theirs has ever entered it otherwise. All have entered it naked, unashamed and clean in mind. They have entered it modest. They had to acquire immodesty in the soiled mind; there was no other way to get it. A Christian mother’s first duty is to soil her child’s mind, and she does not neglect it.” —Misplaced My Reference  

“Man is the sole animal whose nudity offends his own companions, and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides himself from his own kind.” —Montaigne, 1533-1592 

“What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?” —Michaelangelo  

“Furthermore, because God created it, “The human body can remain nude and uncovered and preserve its splendor and its beauty.” —Pope John Paul II

Clothing

“Complete nudity, in itself, is not erotic.  “It becomes so when preceded by, or contrasted to a state of dress. In this limited context then, all clothes become somewhat immoral if we define immortality as inciting sexual interest. Habitual nakedness may indeed be capable of elevating man to a higher mental plane…” —Dr. Marylnn J. Horn, “The Second Skin: An Interdisciplinary Study of Clothing” 

“It is an interesting question how far people would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes?” —Henry David Thoreau

“It is the undressing, not the being nude, that is sexually arousing, because it leads the viewer to the association of a sexually intimate experience.” —Marilyn Horn  

“What we try to de-emphasize by pretending to ignore, we actually focus on by avoidance. If our intention is to focus attention away from the genitals and our sexuality, then we are achieving exactly the opposite by demanding they be covered up and denounced.” —Dennis Craig Smith, Naked Fear 

“Something anti-climatic happens when socially nude. Since nothing is left to the imagination, the body loses its power of seduction and the novelty of seeing nudity fizzles out rather quickly.” — Excuse My Nudeness: But happiness isn’t always found where you’re led to believe. by Vongani Nkuna  

“I wasn’t really naked. I simply didn’t have any clothes on.” —Josephine Baker

“In truth there is absolutely nothing to shop for that can improve our appearance, because anything we might buy is not us, but merely something hung or gooped on us.” —Jim Cunningham  

“Those who remain in harmony with the purposes of God cannot sin. Since clothing was invented to protect man from sin, it is of no consequence to those who practice Christian virtue.” —Amalric of Bena  

“Clothing has a dual function: to protect and classify socially.” —Marc https://www.nudeandhappy.com 

“As I’ve said on occasion (and others have essentially said here), clothing is a tool. Carry it around when you have a need; don’t when you don’t. The goal is not so much a clothing free world, in my opinion, as a clothing-optional one, so if you like to wear clothes for whatever reason–just occasionally or all the time–I say that’s quite all right.” —Name Withheld  

“I like me better naked. I don’t mean that in a vain way…When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don’t have any clothes on, it’s raw and you can’t hide.” —Padma Lakshmi  

“Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence.” —Thomas Paine, “Common Sense”  

“Is not the most erotic part of the body wherever the clothing affords a glimpse?”  —Roland Barthes  

“Quite All dress is fancy dress, is it not, except our natural skins?” —George Bernard Shaw

“Where artificial modesty is strong the apparel is likely to simulate the genuine sex differences, which are concealed. Thus feminine clothing emphasizes the breasts, the small waist, the broad hips, the small feet. Masculine garb emphasizes broad shoulders, deep chests, powerful arms and stalwart legs. This feature illustrates the hypocrisy of artificial modesty and renders it a hollow mockery, for if it is indeed evil to exhibit the human body, dress should conceal its form as much as possible, instead of revealing and accentuating its sexual traits.”  —Maurice Parmelee 

“Clothes make the man, but nakedness makes the human being.” —Kevin Kearney

“The point is NOT that one must be naked, but that one CAN be naked, and in any context” —Richard Foley

“Is it normal for us keep to our bodies covered in cloth 100% of the time? For some people, walking from the bathroom to the bedroom with no towel handy will cause them extreme panic and stress. Is this healthy? Being naked should just be another form of dress, nothing more, nothing less.” —Unable to locate reference  

“How idiotic civilization is!  Why be given a body if you have to keep it shut up in a case like a rare, rare fiddle?” —Katherine Mansfield, 1888-1923, Bliss and Other Stories  

“The finest clothing made is a person’s skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.”  —Mark Twain  

“Warning: Clothing has been shown to cause extreme psychological I dependence. Wear it at your own risk…” —Ben Thornton  

“Wearing clothes is like blindfolding the skin – you can’t feel the world around you as you should.”  —Barry Knell  

“The best dress for walking is nakedness” —Colin Fletcher; the Complete Walker

Obscenity

“Nudity is a state of fact; lewdity, to coin a phrase, is a state of mind” —Paul Outerbridge

“We insult ourselves by calling our bodies obscene, pornographic, lewd, base, dirty, immoral, or evil, and in so doing deny the basic truth of our own existence. Our anatomy is us— and it is none of those terrible things.”— Dennis Craig Smith with Dr. William Sparks

“The trouble with these men who try to adjudicate upon what is moral or immoral in dress is that they really know nothing about the subject.”— George Bernard Shaw  

“Inherent in the condition of laws that prohibit exposure of certain body parts is the circular justification revealed by the following: we know exposure of these parts should be outlawed because showing them is immoral. We know exposing them is immoral because doing so is against the law. Bring into the equation religious dogma based on shame, ignorance and misguided beliefs concerning cause and effect, along with the gullibility of the masses, and you have the major components for maintaining the hysterical elements of what Majorie Heins calls “body phobia”.” —Dennis Craig Smith, Naked Fear  

“The forbidden fruit of mere physical sex differences has come to assume an undue importance, and nakedness regarded as an aphrodisiac subject to pornographic exploitation.” —Frances & Mason Merrill  

“Because naturists don’t think of sex when they undress, because naturists don’t think of sex when they are engaged in wholesome family activities. Because naturists don’t grab a towel for cover, after taking a shower in fear of having others view them in a ‘sex obsessed’ manner? Who are the perverts then?” —Unknown  

“Bathing led to nudity. Nudity led to promiscuity. So believed the colonial lawmakers of Pennsylvania and Virginia. Philadelphia was especially strict in those early years. You could be jailed there bathing more than once a month.” —Unknown  

“Some day people will grow up and realize that the only thing vile about human bodies is the small minds some people have developed within them.” —Dick Hein

Prudery

“Prudery, it seems, provides mankind with endless aphrodisiacs; hence, no doubt the reluctance to abandon it.” — C. Willet Cunningham 

“I just think that people are so weird about nudity and the human body. Sex is not bad, naked bodies are not bad, and naked bodies don’t always have to be connected to sex.” —Emily Browning  

“What we need is both freedom from prudery and the freedom to express our feelings” —Margaret Mead  

“Simply put, bodies will remain scandalous or a source of great temptation to you if you are convinced that they are scandalous and a source of great temptation.” —Phil O. (Aching for Eden)  

“Prudery lays the groundwork for a pornographic mindset.” —David L. Hatton  

“Body shame, like prejudice, is not natural. It is learned from others and benefits no one.”   

“The best thing to do would be to designate everywhere as clothing optional, and we could leave little fenced in areas for the prudes to prance around in. Call them “Prudist Camps”. They could peer out of their fences and indulge in their offensive “I’m offended” behavior whenever they saw a natural person walk by, without bothering the rest of us.” —Anonymous  

“I didn’t grow up with a mother telling me what was under my clothes was bad or evil.” —Charlize Theron  

“The main hangup in the world today is hypocrisy and insecurity. If people can’t face up to the fact of other people being naked or smoking pot, or whatever they want to do, then we’re never going to get anywhere. People have got to become aware that it’s none of their business and that being nude is not obscene. Being ourselves is what’s important. If everyone practiced being themselves instead of pretending to be what they aren’t, there would be peace.” —John Lennon

Dichotomies 

“We alternately think of nudity as a perversion and a state of innocence. Why is our response so contradictory and why is nudity treated so differently in different contexts?”—Ruth Barcan  

“If nakedness is so wicked, why do we place it prominently in our art?” —Unknown to Me  

“We see ourselves positioned between Puritanism on the right and pornography on the left—the will to exploit the human body on one side, and the anxious need to suppress the human body on the other”—Lee Baxandall  

“To paraphrase McWilliams: modesty concerning the body makes no sense at all. Feeling shame about what you have when everyone has one as well is an affront to logic, common sense and the human struggle to understand ourselves.” — Dennis Craig Smith, Naked Fear  

“It makes no more sense to compulsively cover body parts because someone might look and lust, than it does to compulsively cover bakery showcases lest patrons look and indulge gluttonous thoughts. God’s way is always truth, and never deceit.” —Jim Cunningham 

Objectification

“To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen by others and yet NOT recognized for oneself. A naked body has to be seen as an object in order to become a nude.(THE SIGHT OF IT AS AN OBJECT STIMULATES THE USE OF IT AS AN OBJECT.) Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display, To be naked  is to be without disguises.” — John Berger 

“If you are used to seeing people naked, you don’t give much thought about appearances.” —Sylva Sternkopf

“Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. To be naked is to be without disguise. To be on display is to have the surface of one’s own skin … turned into a disguise …The nude is condemned to never being naked.” —John Berger  

“If anything “objectifies” the human form, it is a denunciation of the Nude in the act of artistic expression, since art celebrates life”—Dennis Craig Smith

“The universal or widespread practice of nudity would involve the obliteration to a large extent of class and caste distinctions. It would mean more democracy and individual freedom through the disappearance of many oppressive conventional, moral and legal restrictions. It would restore to the body the importance and dignity to which it is entitled.” —Maurice Parmelee  

“By baring it all, it makes it easier to see not just a body, but the individual. —Sylva Sternkopf  

“I’m a naturist at heart,” she says, “I love being on beaches where everyone is naked. Ugly young people, beautiful old people, whatever. It’s so unsexual and so liberating…” —Dame Helen Mirren.

Morality

“Nudity, therefore, may be welcomed as a contribution to morality by with no need for worry lest it makes us too good for our own happiness. The abandonment of our traditional prudery regarding the naked body would bring the natural instincts of man into better harmony with the requirements of civilized society. He would be healthier mentally, his behavior could improve, and his joy of life would be increased immeasurably.” —Frances and Mason Merrill

Anti-nudity laws are very much like the {previous} prohibitions against alcohol, the Merrill’s argue; both produce the exact opposite of their intended effects. Nudity should be allowed instead as a path to higher morality. —N Magazine 40.3, 2021 pg 7 

“Nudeness is truth, it is beauty, it is art. Therefore it can never be vulgar; it can never be immoral. I would not wear my clothes, if it were not for their warmth. My body is the temple of my art.” —Isadora Duncan 

“Complete nudity in itself is not erotic. It becomes so only when preceded by or contrasted to a state of dress. In this limited context then, all clothes become somewhat immoral … Habitual nakedness may indeed be capable of elevating man to a higher mental plane.” —Lucy Irvine  

“Our aim is the healthy mind in the healthy body,” Boone said and I had the feeling he’d said it many times before. “We aim to make nudism not merely a fad, but a new social practice. We believe nudism can rid the world of sex ignorance and prudery by making the human body familiar and accepted without eroticism.   “People ask us why we’re organized, why we don’t just practice nudism as individuals. Well, sir, we believe in this thing, we want it extended and legalized in public places, not merely in such hidden spots as this.” —Rev. Illsey Boone  

“A child who has never been allowed to see his parents and brothers and sisters naked sees nudity as something shocking.” —Dr. Helga Fleischhauer-Hardt  

“Walk Nude, and people won’t need to undress you with their eyes.” —Unknown

“Are we so narrow minded that we show war, murder, rape, etc. on TV, but we do not allow to show one of the most wonderful creations (the human body) in its natural form.” —Mario Roman  

The taboo against nakedness is an obstacle to a decent attitude on the subject of sex.” —Lord Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals

“To be offended by the visual appearance of another person is prejudice, akin to racism. The right to exist, uncovered, should hold precedence over the right not to view this, for the objection is irrational.” —Terri Webb  

“In a democracy it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged …” —Lord Bertrand Russel

Enjoyment

“There’s something joyous about [naturism] and I urge everyone to try it … If you can’t get your kicks in that incredibly innocent, joyful way, then the world is not a good place. —Kate Humble  

“Why does one want to go naked? Good god, what an impertinent question! Why does one want to study a sunrise, listen to a thunderstorm, eat a vine-ripened tomato, smell the hair of someone he loves, or hug a dog?” —Bare in Mind, May, 1974  

“I’d go somewhere where no one spoke. I would take a stack of books up to my hips, and I’d read nonstop. And I’d be reading naked.” —Linda Hamilton 

Kevin Bacon confesses he likes to cut a little footloose at home with his family every now and then — naked. “Not when the nanny is around,” he says. “But I will with my wife and kids.” Why? “There’s something therapeutic about nudity … Take away the Gucci or Levi’s and we’re all the same.” —Style Magazine

Freedom 

“I preach freedom of the mind through freedom of the body …” —Isadora Duncan 

“When I free my body from its clothes, from all their buttons, belts and laces, it seems to me that my soul takes a deeper, freer breath.” —August Strindberg 

“I took off my clothes to dance because I felt the rhythm and freedom of my body better that way.” —Isadora Duncan   

“Forcing Americans to always wear clothing while swimming or sunbathing even in designated or secluded areas is as bad as forcing women to always wear burkhas.” —Corky Stanton – Founder ClothesFree International.

“To some, the freedom to be naked if you want may seem a frivolous issue to explore in any depth during our perilous times. But these are rarified times times as well, a time when all things are coming to light.” —Stuart Ward

“The freest people I know are those who have the least to hide, defend or protect. Naked is powerful.” —Alan Cohen 

“Sometimes I like to run naked in the moonlight and the wind, on a little trail behind out house, when the honeysuckle blooms. It’s a feeling of freedom, so close to God and nature.” —Dolly Parton 

“The girl with dark hair was coming towards him across the field. With what seemed a single movement she tore off her clothes and flung them disdainfully aside. Her body was white and smooth, but it aroused no desire in him, indeed he barely looked at it. What overwhelmed him in that instant was admiration for the gesture with which she had thrown her clothes aside. With all its grace and carelessness it seemed to annihilate a whole [oppressive] culture, a whole system of thought.” —George Orwell, 1984  

“Nakedness means freedom, and although dancing on a sun-kissed hillside with shorts on seems pretty similar to dancing with shorts off, there is all the difference in the world. It is as if your clothes take on the weight of your worries and concerns – they come to embody your defenses against the world, and if you can feel confident enough and safe enough, then taking them off evokes a powerful sense of liberation, of joy and freedom; and more than that – of innocence and of openness to the world.” —Philip Carr-Gomm, ‘The Druid Way’  

“Don’t let those who have body negative values define what is and what is not acceptable. Seize your freedom and restore your dignity!” —BodyFreedom.org  

“Sure, some people might believe they are offended by nude bathers, but, if you never encounter anything that offends you in your community, you are not living in a free society.” —Corky Stanton – Founder ClothesFree International. 

“When I free my body from its clothes, from all their buttons, belts, and laces, it seems to me that my soul takes a deeper, freer breath.” —August Strindberg  

“We find that relaxing with clothes off at Elysium Fields [Naturist Resort] is a great tension reliever, for ourselves and our kids too.”—Lynn Redgrave

Vulnerability

“Nudism, in my mind, is sort of like the ultimate display of vulnerability between people. It is, as has been noted, actually opposite of exhibitionism as opposed to being related to it. Of course, there are some nudists who are exhibitionists, but they are to be pitied for missing for the point, I think.” —Name Withheld 

“Naked is the best disguise.” —Jeanette Winterson 

“[Being] naked out of doors and in the water [restores] my sense of blissful innocence. It takes me back to that place of my almost forgotten childhood, where I got to run around undressed without anyone telling me I had to cover up or be embarrassed.” —Elizabeth Rosner

“[When] one is nude, your senses are heightened … You become open to the universe, not only physically, but emotionally, unprotected, unmasked. It may be symbolic of allowing the Divine and the World to see you as you really are.” —Alkemie Jane 

“[T]o undress is to expose our story. When someone has the courage to stand truly naked before us, the courage to share that story, something deep within us has the potential to be unveiled too.” —Maria Ede-Weaving (quoted by Philip Carr-Gomm)  

“I am convinced that there is an intimacy that we are missing out on walking around in our clothes. It is an intimacy so deep that we don’t even miss it until you experience it. But it is there buried deep in our core waiting for us to come home…” —Mrs. Phil (Aching for Eden https://achingforeden.wordpress.com/2021/02/13/instant-family/ )

“The Britons (say historians) were naked, civilized men, learned, studious, abstruse in thought and contemplation; naked, simple, plain in their acts and manners; wiser than after ages…”  —William Blake, in a review of his own lost picture ‘The Ancient Britons’

In Nature

“In terms of deep reverence, being naked allows us to feel more acutely the relationship with the breeze, the wind, the skies, the light and the dark  … the fullness of the natural world, and so encourages a richer, more genuinely felt interaction.” — Emma Restall Orr

“There is nothing in all the world more beautiful or significant of the laws of the universe than the nude human body.” —Robert Henri

“The woods don’t mind if I strip naked.” —Marty Rubin  

“[Being] naked out of doors and in the water [restores] my sense of blissful innocence. It takes me back to that place of my almost forgotten childhood, where I got to run around undressed without anyone telling me I had to cover up or be embarrassed.” —Elizabeth Rosner  

“I come from a country where you don’t wear clothes most of the year. Nudity is the most natural state. I was born nude and I hope to be buried nude.” —Elle MacPherson, Australian model and actress.

“Apparently it cannot be repeated to often the ideal of the nudist is not a “ return to nature,” in the sense of the wholesale scrapping of modern civilization; indeed it is not even an immediate sloughing of all its garments. It is merely the correcting or counteracting of some of civilization’s evils through the laying aside of clothes, not when the latter are useful, but when they are detrimental.” —Frances & Mason Merrill

“My favorite thing is to be naked, which is why I always live in remote areas. My ideal is to wake in the morning and run around the meadows naked. I think it’s a good idea to live in harmony with nature.” —Daryl Hannah  

“I like to run down to the beach and have a little swim in the nude in the morning.” —former US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara  

“Be glad, my merry friends, and let the warm sunlight heat now heart and limb! Cast off these cold rags! Run naked on the grass, while Tom goes a-hunting!” —Tom Bombadil in J.R.R.Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’  

“The body seems to feel beauty when exposed to it as it feels the campfire or sunshine, entering not by the eyes alone, but equally through all one’s flesh like radiant heat, making a passionate ecstatic pleasure glow not explainable.” —John Muir, founder of The Sierra Club  

“Human beings to me are as much a part of nature as trees or birds, and the unclothed body expresses this belongingness directly and powerfully.” —Wynn Bullock   

“We say ‘nakedness is natural’, but have we begun to think through all that means? It is so basic. A human being is an innocent part of nature. Our civilization has distorted this universal quality that allows us to feel at home in our skin. Other animals have coats that they accept, but the human race has yet to come to terms with being nude.” —Ruth Bernhard   

“We have come into the world naked, and all the animals are naked, why should man hide his body behind clothes?” —Osho 

“With a little inner pirouette of excitement I realized just how much there was to look forward to tomorrow. The thought of being all day naked in the sun was delicious enough in itself, but there was the whole of our new world to explore.” —Lucy Irvine, Castaway  

“I just love having no clothes on outside, and the only time to do that is when the sun’s shining. It’s a wonderful sensation to not have any clothes on.” —P.J. Harvey, singer.  

“Take off your shoes and feel the grass beneath your feet. Then take off your clothes and feel the sun and the air and the world.” —Barry Knell

Humor 

Worf: Captain, I do not think it is appropriate for a Starfleet officer to appear … naked.  Picard: Oh, come now! A big, handsome, strapping fellow like you? What can you be afraid of? —StarTrek The Next Generation  

“You have never seen a person with clothes on? Oh well, you haven’t lost anything.” —Mark Twain  

“I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked, : I am mad for it to be in contact with me.” —Walt Whitman: From Song of Myself (1855)

People who walk around in the rain naked don’t get wet, they get washed. —Hone Tuwhare   

“Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature! –ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more! Is not nakedness then indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent. Perhaps indeed he or she to whom the free exhilarating ecstasy of nakedness in Nature has never been eligible (and how many thousands there are!) has not really known what purity is–nor what faith or art or health really is.” —Walt Whitman, Specimen Day  

“The church says: The body is a sin. Science says: The body is a machine. Advertising says: The body is a business. The body says: I am a fiesta.” —Eduardo Galeano, “Windows on the World”

“When wearing only a smile – be sure to smile a lot.” —Unknown  

“I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.” —Shelley Winters  

“I simply can’t understand Why swimsuits are in such demand They’re soggy and damp, Bind like a clamp, And hold about three pounds of sand!” —D.R. Benson  

“Nudism is not a spectator sport. We all have the equipment and everyone can play.” —Jim C. Cunningham  

“Not all the Greek runners in the original Olympics were totally naked. Some wore shoes.” —Mark Twain

“Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.” —John Updike  

“There are those who so dislike the nude that they find something indecent in the naked truth.” —F.H.Bradley  

“Just because I’m naked doesn’t mean you have to be.” —Richard Foley

Work 

“It is important to work naked from the start, so it becometh as second nature, and no thought of ‘I have no clothes’ shall ever intrude and take your attention from the work.” —Gerald Gardner  

Brad Pitt was asked if he enjoyed starring as the half-naked Greek demi-god Achilles in the film Troy. Pitt said, “I’m naked all the time at home.”  

“If possible, compute in the nude.” —From the book “Supercharging MS-Dos” by Microsoft Press, 3rd Ed., pg. 393, under the section “Static Electricity Is A Killer”  

“On the fourth day of telecommuting, I realized that clothes are totally unnecessary” —Dilbert

Delusions  

“The Body Delusions: Ten Misconceptions About Our Physical Selves 

1. Nakedness in the flesh is ungodly and immoral
2. Without clothes a person is incomplete
3. Nakedness in the flesh is lewd, in art aesthetic
4. Nakedness in the flesh always produces sexual arousal
5. The genitals are vulgar and shameful
6. Women’s breasts are indecent
7. The sex act is nature but obscene
8. Sexual pleasure is lascivious and morally suspect
9. Since primitives are beneath us, their nakedness is irrelevant to the concept of indecency
10. Nakedness during infancy is our and sublime. After that obscene.”
—Dennis Craig Smith, Naked Fear

To Be Nude is Enough

The following is a guest post by a reader of this blog who is now a friend we have met in person. We’ll call him John Figleaf here. We appreciate his vulnerability in his testimony and are thankful he is sharing this piece with us on this blog.

I finally realize that all I really longed for was to be nude – and accepted in it. It’s been a lifelong journey of dealing with sexual frustration as a human male. Part of that journey was as a young Catholic, another part as an agnostic, and the last part as a loved son of Father God.

My young formative years were filled with all of the expected religious shame associated with my body – confessing sins that were not really sins at all but just a youthful discovery of how my body worked. Other unfortunate incidents brought a genuine shame from acts that were instilled in me from others and brought a very real measure of sexual confusion.

Later years shaped all of that sexual confusion and frustration into a heavy burden of addiction that seemed impossible to remove. When I became a genuine follower of Jesus at the age of twenty-nine, the Lord instantly delivered me from a horrible alcohol addiction. But for many years I wondered why Father God didn’t heal my sexual frustrations and deliver me from its associated addictions.

For many years I wondered why Father God didn’t heal my sexual frustrations and deliver me from its associated addictions.

Sexual lust was always looking for a way to be satisfied in my life, but the flesh is NEVER satisfied. Fortunately I was able to keep limits on the addiction and always remained physically faithful to my wife, but the love-hate relationship with pornography is always destructive. Realizing I could not break free (in spite of trying all of the religious tactics), I began to acquiesce by looking for the “good” porn. I even ended up on a so-called Christian website where contributors would write articles and stories of their marital sexual lives. Eventually I realized that it was still lust filled exploitation by confused followers of Jesus.

Throughout many of these years I also approached my life issues like King Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes. Trying everything and searching for wisdom and understanding. I began to open myself up completely to Father God as described in Hebrews 4:13 – “but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.” As I began to share all the gory details of my sexual life with Father God I began to notice a pattern of restoration and freedom beginning to evolve.

This eventually led me to an understanding of Naturism. Sometimes non-Christians have a much better understanding of certain aspects of life than “religious” believers. And that is certainly true of Naturism. I discovered I had much to learn from them and began to devour everything “Naturism” in blogs, podcasts, and books.

Then the Lord took me one step further in understanding the joy and special freedom from a Christian Naturism perspective. To understand the naked human body as the image and likeness of God with no shame attached to it was a special revelation from my Father. It was one of those things that moved from the head to the heart. The glory of the body was now viewed through this revelation with a deep appreciation for His very special creation.

When the Lord delivered me from my alcohol addiction I did not drink for thirty years. And then one day I asked the Lord if I could enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine without it destroying me again. And his answer was yes – I was free from my “wrong perception and use” of alcoholic beverages. So for several years now that has become an added enjoyment in my life.

I mention this because I’ve discovered that my life-long sexual dysfunction was simply having a wrong perception and use of it. Through Naturism and really knowing the body as the image of God, I am able to enjoy it without lust, shame, or addiction.

Through Naturism, and even more specifically Christian Naturism, I am now sexually at peace within myself – and just to be nude is enough.

I would NOT be a naturist if…

This is an incredible guest re-post from our personal friend, Matthew Neal of “The Biblical Naturist.” (See the original post here.) Matthew’s blog has so much great content presented as an honest evaluation under the strictest rules of interpretation demonstrates that God’s Word actually supports the naturist perspective of the human body and permits naturist practices. He has graciously given us his permission to re-blog this article here.

Why would a God-fearing, Bible-believing, Christ-following Christian choose to be a naturist?

I suppose all sorts of reasons might pop into someone’s mind if they were of the opinion that biblical Christianity and naturism were incompatible. I also suppose that all of those reasons would amount to—in one way or another—discounting one or all of the descriptions given in the question posed above.

In other words, I suspect that most would assume that if a person chose to be a naturist, they would only do so if they were NOT genuinely God-fearing, Bible-believing, and/or Christ-following!

So, are professing Christians who practice naturism really only deceiving themselves when they claim to still fear God and believe the Bible? Can they be real Christians at all? Are they really harboring evil desires or secret sins that are being expressed outwardly through the acceptance and practice of social nudity?

Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I can speak for myself. And—for the record—I do consider myself a God-fearing, Bible-believing Christ-follower. Do I have a hidden and sinful motivation for being a naturist?

The Apostle Paul made and interesting statement in Gal. 1:10… “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (NIV)

Some people must have accused Paul of preaching the Gospel in order to gain the accolades of people. Paul responds—in so many words— “You’ve got to be kidding!” If I was looking for applause, I’d do it some other way!” Or as Eugene Peterson phrased it in The Message, “If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave.”

Well, I can relate to that sentiment! I would put it this way:

I would NOT be a naturist if…

  • … I were only trying to gain the approval of people.

Trust me. I’ve endured more criticism, faced more condemnation, and suffered more intentionally personal and hurtful attacks as a result of my becoming a naturist than anything I’ve ever done in my life! If I was motivated by a desire to be popular or make people like me, this is a stupid way to do it. I’m not that dumb. An over-inflated ego is not my motivation.

Of course, that’s not the only motivation that people may have presumed to be in my heart; there are other motivations that I have been accused of as well. I can tell you that in each case, if they had been true of me, they would not have led me to embrace naturism.

I would NOT be a naturist if…

  • … I were actually a voyeur, eager only to see more naked flesh.

Voyeurs do not do “their thing” publicly or openly. It is a secret fetish. To be sure, when I was still struggling with pornography, I did lots of voyeuristic things in private or with my computer… never openly, though. The last thing I ever wanted to do was to openly admit that I wanted to look at naked women for the sake of sexual arousal. If that were still my motivation, I still wouldn’t admit it… and I certainly wouldn’t ever ask my wife to accompany me to a naturist resort just so I could ogle the other women there!

Here’s the really interesting thing… when I have been at naturist resorts, the women are indeed pleasant to see, and I do appreciate their God-given beauty, but I can assure you that I’m not fantasizing about them or acting out in any way in response to the sight. I have not had any problem with spontaneous arousal, nor has it given me any sort of adrenaline rush.

Oddly enough, when you realize that you actually do have permission before God to see a naked body, it rather loses its mystique and emotional power in your life. It literally becomes somewhat mundanely and simply “human.” That’s certainly what I experienced!

And another thing… now that I am no longer indulging in pornography, I see a lot less nudity than I did before! Becoming a naturist actually had a role in the death of my interest in porn. To me, that’s a tremendous blessing from God!

I would NOT be a naturist if…

  • … I were an exhibitionist.

Wow! What a horrid thought!

First of all, I’m nothing special to look at. Secondly, I take no particular pleasure in being seen… naked or otherwise. I just don’t mind being seen naked. I don’t care what you think of my body. I certainly have nothing to prove with the “size” of my “manhood” (trust me… nothing much could be “proved” by it anyway!). I have no desire to shock anyone with my nudity. I have no desire to offend anyone with my freedom to be nude.

However, I don’t believe for a second that seeing the unclothed human body (mine or anyone else’s) is any sort of danger to anyone. We let our kids play with dogs, don’t we? Sure, dogs are not naked because they have coats of fur, but the coats are conveniently designed to not cover their genitals. The male penis (and scrotum) is in full few. The female vulva (and nipples!) are there for all to see. No harm done to innocent children. For crying out loud, that’s how we look at them and say, “Oh, that’s a boy-dog!” Why should we think any differently about human genitalia?

I don’t need you or anyone else to see me. It certainly won’t hurt you to, though. I don’t make a big deal out of it and I don’t want anyone else to, either.

I would NOT be a naturist if…

  • … I were sexually perverse.

I am sexually satisfied with my wife. I do not have an overactive sex drive. I am not looking for “greener pastures.” I have no interest in more exotic “positions” or experiences. I have NO interest in swapping partners (aka “swinging”) with other couples. I have zero sexual interest in men. I’m about as plain and straight as they come. If anything, I could wish that my wife and I “recovered” a little quicker so that we could enjoy our own sexual relationship more frequently! In other words, I’m not looking for anything “new,” I’d be happy to be up for a little bit more “old!”

Naturism is simply not about sexual conquests or titillation. Some may indeed pursue it for that reason, but I have no patience for such people and I count them a threat to the spiritual, emotional, and sexual purity that can be experienced in naturism.

I would NOT be a naturist if…

  • … I were a pedophile.

This is without a doubt the accusation that has been the most hurtful… especially when it came from extended family members.

I am not a pedophile. I love and protect my children. I love and protect others’ children. I have absolutely no compassion for those who would abuse children for their own sexual indulgence. I have never in my life experienced even one moment of temptation to think about my own children or any other children that way.

And for sure, if that were my motivation, I would never share my interests in naturism with family members.

That’s enough about that one. I’d better stop before I really lose my cool…

I would NOT be a naturist if…

  • … I didn’t believe the Bible with all my heart.

That might be surprising, but it’s true. I believe the Bible is our only trustworthy source for moral absolutes. The opinions of men and the mores of society are not reliable. In fact, they reliably lead us away from moral truth.

Consequently, I searched the Scriptures diligently and thoroughly to determine if God had established any sort of moral requirements regarding clothing. I was committed to honestly discover if He ever condemned nudity or commanded that we always keep our bodies covered. I studied the Bible to discern what God’s attitude is towards my body, irrespective of my state of attire.

To my surprise (given my upbringing, I never would have guessed it!), the condemnation of nudity, the requirement of clothing, and divine disapproval of the naked human form were all missing in God’s Word! These are all man-contrived ideas! And as such, they do not deserve my loyalty. Instead, they deserve my active rejection (Col. 2:20-23).

If I didn’t believe the Bible was my only moral guide for life—if I thought that societal (or even religious) norms were to be my guiding standards in life—then I most certainly would not be a naturist.

But I do believe the Bible with all my heart. So… I really can be a naturist… and… a God-fearing, Bible-believing, Christ-following… Christian. 

Matthew Neal

Why I Promote Naturism

This article comes to us via our friends at www.nakedandunashamed.org. We’ve condensed it, but we would encourage you to read the whole thing, especially the personal story at the beginning of the article, which we have omitted from this version. After their story, our friends conclude the following reasons for why they continue to promote naturism:

So, why do we keep promoting biblical naturism knowing that well-meaning Christians can turn on you and accuse you of terrible things that are not true? We’re going to give you a few of the reasons that we continue to actively promote biblical naturism.

1. Because the Bible tells us that God created us naked and not ashamed and called it “very good”.

God doesn’t do anything by accident so if He created us naked then He did it because that’s how He wanted us. We can accurately infer that He did so to display His highest creation, His most valued of all that He created…the one creation on the planet that He made in His own image. When you read further into the account, after the first sin, you will see that God asks Adam and Eve who told thee, also inferring that Satan is the one to convince them to cover their naked bodies and hide themselves in fear. We also find nowhere in scripture that God ever changed His mind, in fact what we do find is that God is the same yesterday, today and forever and that God never changes. Well, if God wanted them naked and Satan convinced them to cover, then I am going to promote the ideal that God wanted not the lie that Satan promotes. 

2. Because we want people to not suffer the addiction to pornography that so many Christians seem to suffer from. 

If the only time we are naked is for sex, then we create a situation where as soon as we see someone naked, we have a sexual response. If nakedness is common and nonsexual then we immediately begin to desexualize nudity. There is so much more about defeating porn addiction on the MyChainsAreGone.org website that we highly recommend reading through the site and implementing a naturist lifestyle as God’s method of defeating a sexual view of the body. Remember that Adam and Eve were naked in the garden and not for sexual purposes, but for gardening.

3. Because we do not want people to view the body as a dirty, sexual, shameful thing to be covered and hidden like it is some sort of evil. God created the body…in His image, it is a beautiful thing. 

He put it on display just as He did the animals, the trees, the mountains and the rest of His creation. He even left fur off of us so that we could be viewed in our entirety…Imago Dei…God’s image in us. It doesn’t sound like God views us as a dirty thing that needs covered…maybe we had better begin viewing God’s creation the way He does, not the way the world, Hollywood and Satan does. 

4. Because right is right no matter who opposes it and wrong is wrong no matter who promotes it. 

In this politically correct, censored world that we live in it is extremely hard to take a stand against the mainstream. You can be de-platformed today just because you believe in real science and medicine. In the Christian world, you can be de-platformed just as quickly if you actually take the Bible as it is written. Well, just because the majority is against it does not make it wrong. Just because it is misunderstood does not make it wrong. In fact, quite the opposite is typically true. If the majority is against it, then you can almost be assured that it’s right. When I was growing up my father had a rule, that if the majority were doing something then we weren’t. If the majority was against something, then it was a pretty good idea to do it. He said that there were exceptions to the rule, but as a rule the majority were wrong.

So, someone has to take the unpopular, but biblically accurate view and promote it. Someone has to take the unpopular, but scientifically and medically accurate view and promote it. Someone has to take a stand for Truth! Well, we decided a long time ago that as for me and my house…we will serve the Lord. That has certainly been an unpopular choice occasionally, but it has also been well worth it, with many rewards from God for doing so.

We will not allow those who criticize us for believing the Bible and for taking God at His Word to stop us from promoting His Word and His way. There are simply too many benefits from living as God intended to let others intimidate us. We promote living as God intended so that others may enjoy those same benefits. We promote living as God intended in the same way we promote salvation by grace rather than works, the same way we promote creation over evolution, the same way we promote faith over fear. We promote a godly view of the body because it’s simply the right thing to do and because it’s the Truth.

5. Because of all of the physical and mental health benefits that are derived from spending as much time as possible naked and not ashamed.

Study after study has been done in the scientific and medical communities that show there are significant health benefits to being naked. Stress is greatly reduced, vitamin D production goes up dramatically and is shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, strengthen the immune system reducing the severity and longevity of flus and viruses and create an overall sense of euphoria helping both physical and mental health. One study linked the removal of layers of clothing with removing layers of stress. Your skin is the largest organ on the body and benefits from being allowed to breathe…keeping it wrapped up in clothing promotes a swampy, bacteria ridden environment. An article titled Dressed to Kill links tight clothing such as bras and underwear to certain cancers like breast and testicular cancer due to reducing the lymphatic systems ability to drain. Sleeping naked has been shown to improve sleep and help with weight loss. Toxins are removed from the body through the skin and circulation is improved. The list of health and wellness benefits is long and distinguished…it’s almost like God created our bodies to be naked. Here are just a few links to articles showing some of the medical and scientific benefits to being naked:

https://www.healthline.com/health/reasons-to-spend-more-time-naked

https://www.today.com/health/health-benefits-being-naked-how-stripping- down-good-you-t44911

https://www.thehealthjournals.com/the-benefits-of-being-nude

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-reasons-why-you-should-get- naked-more-often.html

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/being-naked-is-good-for-your- health

There are many more articles and studies that can be read on the subject as there is a mountain of evidence to the mental, emotional and physical benefits of being naked.

6. Because God gave us so many illustrations of the common place of nonsexual nakedness in the Bible without His condemnation, some at His leading and some at His command that it is obvious to anyone who takes an honest look at the Bible that nakedness is not sin.

So, we start our view with the fact that God wanted us naked and not ashamed, we continue with the fact that nowhere in the Bible does God condemn nakedness and we end our view with God’s preference on nudity from all of the examples of nudity in scripture. 

My father always taught that God teaches through direct command, principle and by example. We cannot find any direct command in scripture regarding simple nonsexual nudity, however we have principle from the fact that God wanted us naked since the beginning of creation and we have tons of examples of nakedness throughout scripture from Creation all the way through the New Testament. 

The bottom line for us is that if God is for it then we are for it and if God is against it then we are against it. We decided a long time ago that we would promote a

Godly worldview no matter what anyone else thought. We have kept to that on the mountain and through the valley.

But here’s the real point…what other people have called negative in our life has in the end always turned out positive. The valleys have all led to new mountain tops. We trusted God through the valley, and He has always led us to a new higher mountain. We walked far enough that Satan’s attack faded, and the victory came into view.

Remember, that when you run smack into the devil, at least you know you’re going the right direction!

The Exact Opposite (an interview)

This is the first of several interview posts that we will have from time to time. Today we are interviewing Jim and Kim. They were online naturist friends that became friends IRL (in real life). They are wonderful people, and were instrumental in our own story and journey into Christian naturism. So let’s jump right in!

Q: Jim, would you briefly tell us how you got into naturism?

A: It’s a bit of a long story, but I will attempt to give you the cliff notes version. I had been a pastor for about 13 years, and my wife and I were visiting in the home of some friends when during the course of the visit our friends asked us if we would be willing to help them out with a family issue. They went on to inform us that their relatives were nudists and asked us if we would be willing to have a sit down with them and try to talk them out of being nudists from a Bible basis. We agreed that we would indeed try to help them out of this lifestyle that we believed to be straight out of hell itself. We asked them to give us a week to do a thorough Bible study on the subject and that we would circle back around with them to review our findings. What we found during our Bible study certainly did not match what we believed and had been told our whole lives.

What we found in the Word of God was the exact opposite of what we thought we would find. 

We went back the next week to go over our findings with our friends who were equally as shocked. When asked what to do about what we had learned, we responded that we have always believed that if God is for something, then we are for it. And if God is against something, then we are against it. It was very clear to us that God intended us to be naked and not ashamed from the beginning, and we could find nowhere in scripture that He had ever changed His mind. In fact, we now believe that it is Satan who convinced Adam and Eve to cover themselves in fear (based on God’s “who told thee” question) and that is it Satan who is happy with people hiding the image of God in their bodies.

Q: Wow, we just love that story! Well, what are some benefits you’ve seen from this way of life?


A: We have found several important benefits. The first is that living as God intended from the beginning brings a closeness to God, nature, and other people that just cannot be found any other way. The body image / self image improvement that comes from accepting the beauty of God’s most important creation with all of it’s “flaws” and without any of society’s expectations is so liberating that it perfectly represents the Bible as it states to know Christ truly makes one “free” indeed. The health benefits from vitamin D absorption through the skin make it clear that God intended your skin to be naked. Lastly, the porn proofing of society through the commonplace of nonsexual nakedness simply cannot be denied. When nonsexual nakedness is common then women (and men) are no longer viewed as sexual objects, but rather just another part of God’s beautiful creation. We have found that children who are raised in a naturist lifestyle have less self image problems, less porn problems, less gender confusion issues and overall are better adjusted kids with a way less sexualized view of society.

Q: Excellent points! On the flip side of that, what are perhaps some of the greatest misconceptions about Christian Naturism?

A: By far and away the biggest misconception that we have found is people’s belief that naturists are a bunch of sexual perverts and deviants. 

In the vast majority of cases there is absolutely nothing that could be further from the truth.

True naturists are way less sexualized than society as a whole due to the commonplace of nonsexual nakedness. We have found that when someone hears that you believe in a biblical naturist lifestyle, in most cases, they instantly label you a pervert in need of repentance, not realizing that they themselves are the one’s promoting Satan’s lie to Adam and Eve rather than God’s original intent.

Q: That’s unfortunately too true! You’re on a mission to change that. Can you tell us about your site www.nakedandunashamed.org?

A: The website was created as a resource for the Biblical view of the naked body. We have listed the occasions in scripture where nakedness is found and have shown the commonplace of nonsexual nudity in Bible times… both Old and New Testament. We have also listed the occasions where God commanded nudity, influenced nudity through the Holy Spirit, and shown overall that the naked body is neither a sin nor a shame. We have also examined the verses that are taken out of context and/or misdefined to be used to defend Satan’s view of the body.  We regularly add articles written to take a more in depth view of the scriptures, as well, and make practical application of the information.

Q: It’s a great resource for sure, and we’re thankful for it. What’s your hope for the church in regards to a Biblical view of the body?

A: Our hope is that more and more Christians will take an honest and open look at what the Bible has to say about our naked bodies. We also pray that Christians will decide to actually love each other unconditionally… even those with whom they disagree. We have found that is not the case with most people, but it is what God demands of us. Whether you agree or disagree with the Word of God regarding naturism we pray that you will retain a sweet spirit towards all people.

Q: Amen. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?


A: We have found that the knee jerk reaction to naturism of most Christians is shock and rejection of a fellow Christian. Most will not even have a civil discussion based on the objective authority of the Word of God, not our opinions or thoughts of what we wish the Bible said. We have found that those who will at least look at the Bible on the subject will come away with a new view of God and His most prized creation… you!

Benefits of Naturism

This is a guest post from a naturist friend of ours, Gregory Cook – reposted with his permission. See the original post here.

Introduction

Why go nude? Why do you need to go nude? What’s the big deal? Why can’t you just be like everyone else? Questions like these are common, as a lot of people have never thought to consider it. In fact, clothes-compulsive people often lack a positive attitude concerning naturism because they *assume* wrong things about it. Some think it’s simply “weird!” Others think it’s harmful. Still others think you’re sinning and going to Hell if you don’t repent. Unfortunately, too many people have refused to move past their assumptions to actually learn what naturism is really all about, much less consider its benefits.

In my own search for truth, I was surprised to discover just how healthy social nudity is. That is, when you practice it correctly, and when you practice it with the right mindset. (I admit some don’t.) The truth is, the benefits are far too many to list here concisely, and so I have listed the ones common in naturism. Maybe you will agree too if you think it through.

When You Go Nude Socially…

  1. You eliminate class distinctions that we all automatically recognize through clothing. When someone is nude, you cannot tell whether they’re a doctor, nurse, policeman, in the military, a high paid executive, clergyman, or whatever. If they’re in a gang, there are no “gang colors” that say so (except maybe unless they have tattoos). Of course, that means you have to get into relationship with the person and get to know them better if you want to know more. That’s a good thing, right? We all want relationship.
  2. You experience more genuine and intimate relationships with others. When you go nude with others as a naturist does, you’re saying, “I am open and honest, and I trust you. Please accept me as I am flaws and all.” Consider the fact that even in clothes-compulsive society nudity is generally a time of intimacy, such as being born, bathing, having sex, or having a doctor examine you.
  3. You learn to separate nudity from sex, and thus you reduce your tendency to see others as “sex objects.” Naturists keep nudity and sex in their proper contexts.
  4. You learn to accept others based on their character, not their image or appearance. Your appearance is less of an issue among naturists. This includes the size or condition of your body as well as its various parts.
  5. You begin to focus more on the whole person and less on their various parts. You even start to see the body itself as a part of the whole person, and you accept each body regardless of its condition.
  6. You see the physical differences between the sexes easily, and realize that nature defines it. Instead of thinking that wearing a dress, something pink, or makeup makes you a female, you realize the real factors that define both the male and female. It becomes generally undeniable and better understood. In a naturist environment, children learn the differences quickly and easily without anyone having to tell them.
  7. You obtain greater awareness, acceptance and appreciation of your own maleness or femaleness, as well as that of others. Modern society is trying to blend and devalue the sexes but in my opinion, we should be celebrating them without degrading each other.
  8. You begin to see how incessant clothing actually contributes to porn and unhealthy fetishes. The moment you make something unavailable is the moment you create value. Rare things are more valuable than everyday things, so when the nude body becomes an everyday thing, it loses its lust value.
  9. You gain a healthier self-image and greater confidence. There’s no need to try to impress others with a certain appearance when others accept you just as you are.
  10. Your desire to improve or maintain your body becomes a matter of health and respect for your body, rather than an attempt to be or feel accepted.
  11. Your body functions as designed. Whether you believe in God or nature, our bodies function a certain way and do better under certain conditions. For instance, your skin is the largest organ of your body and when you cover it with clothes, it cannot “breathe” properly. It benefits from fresh air as well as moderate sunlight. Besides, you can plainly see what all of the other creatures on earth wear. Nothing! That is nature’s design.
  12. You begin to see just how comfortable, practical, and healthy going nude is. You start asking questions like… Do we really need bathing suits to go swimming? (Some rightly call them “costumes.”) After all, what purpose do they really serve? They don’t keep you dry, warm, or clean. In fact, tight fitting clothes are shown to harbor harmful bacteria. Do we really need pajamas to go to bed? Do they help or do they hurt? Studies show that sleeping nude is better for you. If you would simply go nude for a while, you would begin to ask your own questions.

These are just some of the reasons why social nudity is beneficial. All of the reasons boil down to one thing — health — a healthier mind, a healthier body, and a healthier soul/spirit. We all want to be healthier, and this is why naturists go nude.

The truth is, naturism started as a health movement, and for the most part it remains a health movement even though you may not hear many say it flatly. Each naturist has their list of reasons but whatever their reasons are it all inevitably boils down to health. The benefits are so great that many naturists adopt the philosophy, “clothed when practical and nude when possible.”

All scriptures NIV unless otherwise stated.

© 1997, 2020 Gregory Cook