Nudism, the culture war, and my struggle to be like Jesus

Note: This post is me expressing my personal opinion.

The trailer for the movie God’s Not Dead 2 came out last month and got me thinking. (Watch 0:25 — 0:32.)

As a Catholic, I don’t believe that I’m “at war” with anyone.

Are there worldviews that I disagree with? Yes. But such a thing is perfectly understandable. After all: I can’t believe in everything. For example: I can’t be both a Catholic and a Protestant — beliefs of one contradict the beliefs of the other.

This trailer brings to mind the question asked in Luke 10:29: “Who is my neighbor?”

The answer: “My neighbor” is everyone — every human being, regardless of their religious beliefs, political party, social class, race, sexuality, gender, etc.

“Do to others what you would want them to do to you.” (Luke 6:31.)

The trailer also brings to mind this quote from G.K. Chesterton: “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

What I’m trying to say with all this is:

Though I have my religious beliefs, and beliefs about politics, and beliefs about a number of subjects, I always try and keep an open mind: I always want to be willing to accept a new point-of-view. For example: That’s what happened when it came to the subject of nudism.

For the longest time, I believed that nudism was wrong — that such a lifestyle was immodest. Then I looked more into the subject — read my fellow Catholics’ thoughts on the subject — and came to the conclusion that a subject like nudism is morally grey. There are good arguments for the lifestyle, and there are good arguments against the lifestyle. In the end, each person must make up their own mind about the subject. So that’s what I did. I came to the conclusion “Being a nudist is not immodest.”

I keep an open mind: If I come across an argument that convinces me that, yes, nudism is immodest, than I will adjust my thinking accordingly. But until then, even though I’m not a nudist, my stance on nudism is “If you’re not hurting yourself or others as a result of being a nudist, than carry on.”

In conclusion:

With this blog, I’m not out to convert anyone to my faith, or convince anyone of anything. With this blog, I’m just trying to make my thoughts on subjects clear — thoughts that are in a state of flux — so that even if a person disagrees with me, they’ll know where I’m coming from.

Thank you for reading.

For further reading:

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6 thoughts on “Nudism, the culture war, and my struggle to be like Jesus

    1. Thank you for sharing my post with others.

      Also: Thank you for “Liking” so many of my recent posts, too. I’m glad you liked them. And I’m glad that — thanks to you sharing them — more people will (hopefully) discover my writing, too.

  1. Here is where you went wrong – “For the longest time, I believed that nudism was wrong — that such a lifestyle was immodest. Then I looked more into the subject — read my fellow Catholics’ thoughts on the subject — and came to the conclusion that a subject like nudism is morally grey.” It isn’t what people think, it is what God says. Read the Bible. Follow it, you can’t go wrong.

    1. Thank you for commenting and giving your thoughts on this subject.

      From what I’ve read about nudity in the Bible, there is no specific verse where God says “Nudity in a non-sexual context is a sin.”

      God created the body and called it “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Original Sin doesn’t make the body less good — it just makes it harder for us to see people as the human beings that they are.

      Going by the Bible, I get the impression that unlike, for example, homosexuality, where God says “No. That’s not ok,” God is ambiguous about nudity in a non-sexual context.

      In my opinion (which is open to change):

      Because of the inherent goodness of the body, if a person isn’t being naked with the intent to arouse, than a person isn’t committing a sin: It is the people who choose to lust after that naked person who are committing a sin.

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