The purpose of this post is for me, a non-nudist/naturist, to further explain how I feel about nudism/naturism. (For the sake of being convenient, I’ll be using nudism, not naturism, when referring to the lifestyle characterized by a lack of clothing.)
Posts like barefootwithbraids’ make me happy.
The reason why is because God created our body and said it is “very good” (Genesis 1:31). And before Adam and Eve sinned, it was God’s desire that all people be “naked without shame.” (Genesis 2:25)
I’m happy that people, through making the choice to go naked, are understanding better the “very good” nature of their body and are realizing that nudity does not have to always be a source of shame.
Will we ever be able to be “naked without shame” again? i.e., Will we ever be completely and totally comfortable being naked in the sight of others?
Not in this life.
But, despite the perfectly natural and healthy sense of shame that comes with being naked, being naked can be an experience that changes a person’s life for the better.
I believe that God is speaking to all of us, in ways that are unique to us.
For some people, getting knocked off their horse — Acts 9: 1 — 6 — is enough to make them go “God has his eye on me.”
But for others, that’s not enough: Not everyone who has realized there is a god has had an experience like Saul’s.
That’s why I believe that God is using nudism — using peoples’ desire and choice to go naked — to speak to them.
Every good thing comes from God. (James 1:17)
And why does a person choose to go naked? Because, ultimately, it feels good.
It feels good to see and show all that you physically are, even when there’s no one to show it all to because you’re alone.
It feels good to know that you aren’t being hidden by, or encumbered by, clothes — all that you physically are is free.
And when a person writes about the positive experiences they’ve had going naked, they are thinking about what is true, what is noble, what is right, what is pure, what is lovely, what is admirable, what is excellent, and what is praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8)
God is allowing you to have the desire, and make the choice, to go naked.
The reason why, I believe, is that He wants you to be more than you thought possible, and He is using your body, which He created and said is “very good,” to bring that about.
I’m happy when I read about people becoming nudists, or peoples’ positive experiences with nudism, because I see it as a sign of God being at work in those peoples’ lives.
God speaks in the silence of the heart.
Is it a coincidence that people who are naked say they feel more at peace?
That peace comes from God.
What I believe God is saying through that peace is: “Listen.”
It is possible to go naked for immoral reasons — for example: A person could go naked in order to live out some sex fantasy, or to more easily jerk themselves off — but, on the whole, from what I’ve read of peoples’ experiences with nudism, I would say that peoples’ desire to go naked stems from a desire to better themselves: A desire to do what God wants them to do — become more than they ever thought possible.
I’m not saying that taking off clothes is necessary in order to deepen one’s relationship with God — going naked doesn’t appeal to everyone — what I am trying to say is:
There’s a reason some people have a stronger desire than others to be naked, and I believe that reason is, ultimately, rooted in God, like all good things are.
I will continue to write about nudism because I believe that it is a subject that needs a light shined on it — people need to know that 1) Peoples’ intentions for going naked aren’t always immoral, 2) A person is more than their body, and 3) The body is “very good.” — and, as a Catholic, I believe it is my duty to be that light. (Matthew 5: 14 — 16)
Reading my posts about nudism, if my thoughts about nudism seem all over the place, the reason is:
The Catholic Church isn’t clear when it comes to nudism.
I used to think nudism was immodest because of this part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Purity requires modesty, an integral part of temperance. Modesty protects the intimate center of the person. It means refusing to unveil what should remain hidden. It is ordered to chastity to whose sensitivity it bears witness. It guides how one looks at others and behaves toward them in conformity with the dignity of persons and their solidarity. (CCC 2521)
I thought: “Well, that means going naked isn’t allowed.”
Then I read these words by Saint Pope John Paul II:
Nakedness as such is not to be equated with physical shamelessness. Immodesty is present only when nakedness plays a negative role with regard to the value of the person, when its aim is to arouse concupiscence [i.e., lust], as a result of which the person is put in the position of an object for enjoyment.
And then I read these words about modesty from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
The forms taken by modesty vary from one culture to another. Everywhere, however, modesty exists as an intuition of the spiritual dignity proper to man. It is born with the awakening consciousness of being a subject. Teaching modesty to children and adolescents means awakening in them respect for the human person. (CCC 2524)
I’m not saying “The Catholic Church condones nudism.” Because, again, I don’t know that for sure.
What I’m saying is this:
“To me, a Catholic who is trying to live their faith, modesty is about more than clothes. It’s about a person’s attitude, too — how a person views themselves and others. Thus, if a person’s intent for being naked is pure — if a person is naked in an environment where it’s clear that their intent isn’t to arouse, but to be seen as the human being they are — than I don’t see how I can object since ‘The forms taken by modesty vary from one culture to another.’ The ‘culture’ I’m talking about is ‘nudist culture.’ For example: A nudist community, or a family where nudism is practiced: Environments where going naked is not considered immodest.”