Don’t Let The Body Become An Idol

“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” (Ecclesiastes 3:20)

The season of Lent reminds us that we will die eventually. That the pleasures of this world are fleeting. And that the afterlife is where we need to be focused: We need to ask ourselves “Where do I want to spend eternity?”

Lent

What does this have to do with the body?

In a previous post, Nudism, and when pleasure becomes a problem, I said this:

  1. I don’t want the feelings that come with being naked to turn into something that a person feels they can’t live without.
  2. If a person is naked, than I want that person to be naked of their own free will — because they choose to be — not because they feel, for whatever reason, that they have to be.

Pleasure, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. God likes it when we go “Ooh. That feels good…” The reason why is because everything God created, including our bodies, is good. (Genesis 1:31)

But.

As the old saying goes: “Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.”

A commenter on that post made this good point, too:

Pleasure and comfort are good things, given by God for us to enjoy. But addiction to those things are clearly bad (e.g., the idea that one can not be happy unless naked). Paul was clear in 1 Corinthians 6:12 that while everything may be permissible, not everything is beneficial and even the beneficial things cannot become our master (that would be idolatry).

What I’m trying to say is this:

Don’t let your naked body become a god.

Don’t let nudity become your master — something you feel you can’t live without. Because the reality is: A human being only needs food, water, clean air, shelter, and contact with fellow humans (so that a person doesn’t go crazy due to loneliness) to live: Despite the fact that everyone is born naked, a person does not need to be naked to live.

Nudism is an attempt to live like Adam and Eve lived in the Garden, before the Fall. I’m glad that the intent of nudism is pure.

God created mankind naked without shame. (Genesis 2:25)

Adam and Eve5

But that perfect world that God created no longer exists. (Genesis 3:6 — 7)

Eve4

The day will come when God will make his creation right again. (Matthew 24:36)

Theology of the Body

But until that day comes, remember: You are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Bones

 

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