Adullams Cave

Monday, February 27, 2006

Naked and Loving it

"Where are you Adam?" , God's loving and soft voice beckoned.

"Ummm...I heard your sweet, kind voice in the garden and it frightened me because I am naked. So I hid myself. I was ashamed for you to see me." Adam replied still crouched behind a tree with his wife beside him.

"Oh Adam. Who told you you were naked?" Did you eat from the tree that gives the knowing of what good and evil is?", God's voice was filled with parental concern.

"Well. Not really, the woman that YOU made for me, she ate and I, I might have had a little nibble...accidently." Adam suppressed a scream as Eve pinched his arm as hard as she could and gave Adam his first glare - the one his ancestors would come to know so well.

Well that is my take on a segment of the part of the bible we call the fall of man. It really does not matter whether you believe in the bible or not, the story is a good way to explain how we lost our innocence.

Before the knowledge of good and evil entered our souls, Adam was like all of us as children; naked and loving it. There was no shame for either Adam or Eve. Neither was there any sense that their naked bodies or sexual interaction with eachother was in any way dirty or wrong. They felt as un-self conscious about it as two frogs making time in the middle of a pond on a lilly pad. It was all good and they didn't have to hide the smile on their faces while they lay on the grass afterwards sharing a cigarette.

Before the knowledge of good and evil came we were happy and little kids; carefree and unencumbered by self conscious thoughts and feelings like shame, awkwardness, uncomfortability about our bodies, sex issues , unfounded and ungrounded fears, phobias, insecurities about how we look, act, speak and even think. All of this came about from the fall. The time when we allowed the knowledge of good and evil into our lives. Because when we did, it took over us and has dominated man's conscience ever since.

Think about it. In the above passage when God asked Adam who told him he was naked, he didn't have an answer. The fact was no-one told him he was naked. He came up with it himself. God had no problem with them being naked. Adam thought of it all by his -seperated from God- self, after taking from the tree of 'knowing what good and evil is.' It was then when man started forming his own code to live by. In Adam's code, his first holy decree was : "THOU SHALT WEAR FIG LEAVES OVER ALL FLOPPY BITS!" Later on, before the law was introduced the bible says that "each man did what was right in his own eyes." It varied from person to person but each one had his own version of right and wrong.

We think God invented the law but I don't think so. Way before Moses and the 10 suggestions there was another code in place. Every human had one - still does. It is the knowledge of good and evil. Of course the precepts of each one's code differs either slightly or greatly from person to person, age to age, place to place and culture to culture. But every individual and every people group that has ever lived has had some type of code or ethical (and non-ethical) system that they have developed over time. The only exception is found with children, they don't know right from wrong, they just do what they want. They live spontaneously and from the desire of their heart.

The trouble is our individual codes don't really work. Just like the OT law (or the NT law), we cannot live up to them. We either fail them continually or we judge and alienate others because they don't live up to our expectations (our code). That is why God sent the law and made such a big deal out of it. He did it to highlite our problem so we could see that this knowledge of good and evil, even when it comes to the laws of God, doesn't help us. We are powerless to save ourselves or live life the way we truly want to; freely. Our codes, along with our seared consciences, either defend or accuse us, leaving us either proud and self righteous or ashamed and condemned. Our code as Christians may even be our own interpretation of the bible or that which we have inherited from our church culture but it is useless if the original problem is unresolved. As radical as it sounds we must somehow in our walk with the spirit, lose from ourselves the knowing of what good and evil is. This is why Christ came to do away with the law and we must do away with it also. If we cling to our codes and have not been restored to innocence we will live our lives with a weight on our shoulders and without the capacity to live and love freely.

I'll finish by saying that I am not advocating we all run naked down the street, letting it all hang out while screaming, "It is for freedom that Christ set me free!!!" That wouldn't be loving to our neighbours- especially around dinner time. (Unless of course we have the healers following behind us opening the eyes of the people who have gone blind from the shock, or in some cases, the horror.)

I am simply re-advocating what Christ meant by declaring "Good News" to all: That we loosen up and get free by trusting Christ and his cross alone, forsaking all of our personal and religous codes and laws, along with their implied expectations of ourselves and others, whether they be self imposed or otherwise.
In other words, lets strip off all that which is weighing us down. :)


At 4:31 AM, Blogger SteveW said...

Man Simon. That was one hell of a strip tease. hehehe

Really, you say it very well. Hopefully it will make many of your brothers and sisters return to that perfect state of total innocence walking with our God with absolutely no fear....and maybe we all will stop pointing and laughing at every one else's short for the world to see but in total acceptance of the Father.

At 6:54 AM, Blogger BruceD said...

Yes, God has pronounced his creation "innocent" since the beginning of time. It was us who decided that we were guilty and had to do something about it. The only problem is, there is nothing we CAN do about it. It takes a lot of faith to imagine that God loves us just as we are... a lot of faith.

At 9:21 AM, Blogger Simon said...

Amen Steve and Bruce. Imagine the body of christ, least to the greatest, walking in restored innocence and total acceptance of the father. Thinking about it makes me hunger for it. I know that is how life is in the kingdom and can be on earth now...if we believe it. Let it be so our dear father.... :)

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Simon

I enjoyed your article. Well I have to say I have enjoyed the naked and not ashamed (flesh part) freedom (that is a whole other story.) I like what you said about "we all run naked down the street, letting it all hang out." I know a lot of christian nudists and they are totally not into offending anyone so your correct in saying that .... but I believe that it would be more freeing to be free of "forsaking all of our personal and religous codes and laws, along with their implied expectations of ourselves and others, whether they be self imposed or otherwise"


At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Simon

Just wanted to add in the Book of Thomas it states:
His disciples said, "When will you be shown forth to us and when shall we behold you?" Jesus said, "When you strip naked without being ashamed, and take your garments and put them under your feet like little children and tread upon them, then [you] will see the child of the living. And you will not be afraid."

Well again more importantly I want to be free in my mind.

Pss.. keep writing


At 2:09 PM, Blogger Paulo said...

There really seems to be this war between the shoulds of Christianity and the living, breathing spirit of it. The truth revealed comes when the shoulds are seen in the light of the spirit for what they really are. They are simply Aha! realizations of what makes us most happy. So for those not plugged in, which is you or me at some moments of our lives, we need to read the shoulds as gentle reminders, encouragements and also for the living Words that they are.
The life in the words of the Bible is an amazingly wonderful thing in itself. I love to experience it just as an experience of just laying my hands over it and soaking in the vibration of holiness that it is......but not as a mixed up bunch of shoulds that throw me back into my unresolved childhood stuff. No no no!
Thank you all for reinforcing that view.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

I loved this, you wrote it so creatively with humor (cover those floppy parts!). I just can't imagine life ever being that way again here on earth, there is so much hate and fear and anger and mistrust...not many people willing to bare it all.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Good take on the creation story, Simon!
My friend, Patchouli, and I were talking about this "stuff" that humans put on humans; we're wrestling with some of these very concepts. Thanks for writing it.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger BruceD said...

We want to "cover up" because we don't trust others to accept us as we are. Probably rightly so. But, that "covering up" refers to far more than just clothing. We feel ashamed and guilty because we see ourselves through human eyes, and not God's eyes. If we only knew what God REALLY thought of us...

Everything would be different!

At 5:02 PM, Blogger SteveW said...

That was good Bruce.

At 12:38 PM, Anonymous . said...

God is the one that told 'em to cover up && obviously wanted them to wear clothes from then on .. we're no longer innocent but living in sin so we can't just walk around naked.

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