Objection 1: Modesty requires women to cover up. People often read 1 Timothy 2:9 as “Women must dress modestly…” and they stop there, assuming they know the meaning. They ignore the rest of the verse and believe it to be an instruction for women to cover up their bodies, instilling arbitrary rules and ignoring the […]
What is Uncovered Nakedness?
Objection 2: We are commanded not to see other people’s nakedness. In the 18th and 20th chapters of Leviticus, we are repeatedly instructed NOT to “uncover the nakedness of…” a long list of specific individuals. It seems like a clear and simple prohibition against seeing other people naked. Perhaps it also means that we cannot […]
Why Did Israel’s Priests Wear Underwear?
Objection 3: If the priests had to wear underwear, we do too. In the Book of Exodus, we read a curious set of instructions that God gave to the nation of Israel: priests could not climb stairs or ladders to get to the burning altar: And you shall not go up by steps to my […]
God Made a Pattern?
Objection 4: If God covered Adam and Eve after the Fall, this sets a pattern we should follow. And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Genesis 3:21 It seems like common sense that God would condone Adam and Eve’s sinful decision to cover themselves by […]
Bathsheba Tempted David?
Objection 5: Men have uncontrollable lust at the sight of a nude woman. Late one afternoon King David saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful…. So, David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. 2 Samuel 11:2,4 Many Christians believe that […]
Public Nudity Shameful?
Objection 6: We should never be seen without our clothes. Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his tunic with him, that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed. Jesus, Revelation 16:15 It sure seems like this is an open and shut condemnation of shameful public […]
Nudity a Stumbling Block?
Objection 7: Seeing a person’s nudity forces the viewer to stumble into sin. Therefore, let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. Romans 14:13 Somehow, over the passage of time, this verse has morphed from being […]
Does Nudity Equal Lust?
Objection 8: Seeing a nude person directly activates lust. …Everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:28 It has been extracted from this verse that nakedness (full or partial) is the direct cause of grave sins. Our question, then, is this: when does […]
Blind and Naked?
Objection 9: We are commanded to buy clothes to cover our nakedness. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy gold from me refined in the fire, so you […]
The Nakedness of Noah?
Objection 10: Seeing naked family members is a sin. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him… Noah pronounced his judgment: ‘Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he […]