Nude Human Artwork?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4 KJV).

In this world of people becoming more and more confused about human sexuality, today’s Scripture is a ray of light!

Recently, I watched a video of a liberal arts “professor” defending “nude human artwork.” She, like any lost person, reasoned, “There is nothing wrong with the ‘raw’ human body. This is not ‘obscenity’ but rather ‘art.’” Another person agreed, “I think it would be disrespectful not to allow it and it would be disrespectful not to let others express themselves.” (Of course, these two were being interviewed fully clothed! And, I wonder if we used their logic and told them, “Let us display medieval torture devices… they are wonderful works of art that express their makers’ creativity!”) Alas, let them alone. They are just a few more people confused about sexual matters.

No question about it. Adam and Eve wore no physical clothing during the first days of creation. The Bible says, “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25). However, after sin entered, “they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:7). Adam was so ashamed of his nakedness that he literally hid when he heard God approaching (verse 10). Finally, God “made coats of skins, and clothed them” (verse 21).

Certainly, originally, there was nothing sinful about a naked human body. But, something happened to the human body in Genesis chapter 3—man’s fall into sin. That entrance of sin drastically altered the human body’s appearance. Once clothed by God’s light (righteousness), it now needs physical covering. When we read about the Gadarene possessed by thousands of evil spirits, he “ware no clothes” (Luke 8:27). However, once Jesus healed him, the man, “in his right mind,” put on clothes (verse 35)!

God is the Master Creator. The human body is indeed a work of art. But, may it be enjoyed in the “undefiled” “marriage bed” (today’s Scripture). Anything else—including nude “art”—is just incentive for lust… and worse, including harlotry and adultery. Cover it up… and the art, too!

Wedding Bells

Sunday, July 3, 2011

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:18 KJV).

Marriage is the most valuable and most intimate relationship between two humans. We are social creatures. God never designed us to exist isolated from other humans. At some point, we all seek interaction with someone like us. In today’s Scripture, the LORD God sees Adam all alone, the only human on earth. Adam saw all the animals with their mates, yet there was no creature like him. Surely, Adam wondered why he was alone.

So, God put Adam to sleep. The groom, missing his tuxedo—actually lacking any clothing!—is out cold. Scripture says that God took a rib from Adam’s sleeping body, and the LORD used this rib to sculpt the body of the first woman, Eve (Genesis 2:21,22). Adam suddenly wakes up. His eyes focus on a gorgeous lady, a total “knockout!” She flashes her eyes, and catches Adam’s attention.

Indeed, it was love at first sight—they had not seen anyone else! And so, in the presence of the LORD, Adam meets the woman, and takes her to be his wife. The wedding bells ring! That was the first marriage: no rings, no cake, no wedding gifts. There was a honeymoon in paradise, however. 🙂

These past 6,000 years, man has ignored the sanctity of marriage. Hebrews 12:4: “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” God says a man marrying a woman is “honourable.” Furthermore, sexual intercourse is designed to function strictly within the marriage relationship.

If ever you plan to get married, especially you young people, choose a spouse wisely. God has designed that person to help you in your life and be there as your companion (an “help meet”). We find such wonderful words of wisdom in Proverbs 18:22: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” A hearty amen!