In some churches that call themselves “Holiness” such things as skirts above the knee, sleeves above the elbow, and necklines that are not up to the neck are considered more than suspect, they are sinful. And those who wear such things are encouraged to get with the program, or be regarded as second class Christians. Going to a beach is forbidden as men and women see each other in bathing suits, and we all know what that can lead to (?).
Most Christians still
regard the physical
as an enemy
to the spiritual.
Not all Christians take as strict a view of such things, but most still regard the physical as an enemy to the spiritual. God forbid that a healthy man would simply enjoy the view and appreciate the simple beauty of the females around him.
God forbid that
a healthy man would
simply enjoy the view
and appreciate the simple beauty
of the females around him.
The sorry idea behind all of this is that we must have as many rules as we can to keep our “flesh” in check and under control. The truth is that the more rules you make the stronger the “flesh” becomes, and externally imposed rules only make the inclination toward sin even stronger. If you say that every time a man enjoys the view of an attractive female he is in danger of “lust,” then every time a man sees a pretty lady he will be thinking about thinking inappropriate thoughts, and in so doing he is producing the thing he is most trying to prevent. Rules against lust produce one thing – lust. If you see sin every time a man is talking to a woman other than his wife, you turn every conversation into a cause for suspicion, and make it into a struggle where no struggle would have existed.
I am a redeemed man. I have the Spirit of the Almighty God living within me. I am strengthened by the Word of God. I am able to be around persons of the opposite sex, even ones that I find most attractive, and simply enjoy them as a person. I am also able to enjoy their physicality and not lust after them. The same thing is true when I see a sexy underwear ad or even a nude in a movie. I can look, enjoy the view, and have no struggle with the so-called all-encompassing monster-under-the-bed spiritual boogey man called “lust.”
Lust is more than strong desire, it is looking with intent. An intent of the heart to take what is not mine and use it in sinful ways. All I intend to do is simply enjoy the view. And enjoying the view is simply an act of appreciating the beauty of what God has made.
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Christians Enjoying Nudity and Erotica
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.