Hard Bodies ~ Athletes
During Bible days it was considered quite natural to see runners, wrestlers, and all other athletes competing in the nude. That is how the original Olympics were conducted. It would have been thought strange to see those persons wearing clothes. Their fine forms were on full display. Nothing about this was spoken against. Rather, St. Paul mentions these games several times in his writings. When he talks about running a race, he is referring to nude runners.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (NASB)
Then when he talks about competing he says,
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1 (NASB)
This is straight up Olympic talk. And when he says we are to “lay aside every encumbrance” he means every shred of cloth that would drape our bodies and restrict our movements must go. We are in the playing fields and are being watched by those in heaven and on earth, and we need to run naked until we reach our goal.
Nudity is more than glorious freedom and enjoyable voyeurism. It is a powerful spiritual metaphor.
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And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.