This post is me writing down my thoughts on a piece of art — “God Creating the Universe” — that I found. (The link to where the art comes from is at the bottom of the post.)
Note: This piece of art contains nudity.
Here it is:
This piece of art made me think the following thoughts:
Is God a woman?
I believe that God has no gender. Men and women are both made in God’s image. Thus, I believe that God embodies both genders. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
I refer to God as Him/He because 1) being a man, I like to imagine the creator of the universe as a man, and 2) the Catholic Church refers to God as Him/He. Why? In the Bible, Jesus, the son of God, calls God his father: For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. (John 5:18)
The naked body is primeval.
Primeval: Of or resembling the earliest ages in the history of the world.
There was something compelling about the creator of the universe (God) existing in the same state (naked) that She created humans — beings made in Her image — in.*
God created mankind “naked without shame.” (Genesis 2:25) “Naked” is the state that mankind was supposed to exist in. Then Satan came and messed everything up.
Nude art makes me think of the world as it was supposed to be.
God creates life.
A woman’s breasts nurture the life that God has created.**
God and women play key roles in the creation of, and continuation of, life.
I did find this piece of art arousing.
I’m just going to say it.
That’s the perfectly natural effect that the naked female body has on a heterosexual man. What is important is not allowing perfectly natural arousal to lead me to see the subject of this work of art — this naked, female God — as an object for my enjoyment, a means to attain physical pleasure.
What is important is not continuing to think the initial, lustful thoughts that popped into my head.***
On a related note: Saint John Paul II says in one part in a series of talks about human sexuality:
In the course of the various eras, beginning from antiquity—and above all in the great period of Greek classical art—there are works of art whose subject is the human body in its nakedness. The contemplation of this makes it possible to concentrate, in a way, on the whole truth of man, on the dignity and the beauty—also the “suprasensual” beauty—of his masculinity and femininity. These works bear within them, almost hidden, an element of sublimation. This leads the viewer, through the body, to the whole personal mystery of man. In contact with these works, where we do not feel drawn by their content to “looking lustfully,” which the Sermon on the Mount speaks about, we learn in a way that nuptial meaning of the body which corresponds to, and is the measure of, “purity of heart.”
The reason for this post is to organize and explain, so that I can understand, my thoughts on this beautiful piece of art.
Thank you “LKarkruff” for creating it.
Where the art comes from: God Creating the Universe
*In this paragraph I refer to God as She/Her and not Him/He because I’m talking about the God portrayed in this piece of art — a female God.
**”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” (Jeremiah 1:5)