Nudity is Natural, But Not in Playboy.

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Yesterday, Playboy announced it would once again feature nudity in its magazine, claiming “nudity is natural”. Of course, selling nudity built their very expensive playboy mansion, for the very reason public nudity isn’t natural, but rather clothes are.

But now let’s ask the question, “Is nudity natural?” From a Biblical worldview, the answer is both yes and no. In the beginning, Adam and Eve were both naked and unashamed, so before the fall nakedness was both natural and good. But after sin entered the world, God covered their nakedness and their guilt and shame with garments of skin.

From Genesis 3 till present, nakedness is blessed and honored in only one sacred space, the covenant of marriage between one woman and one man. Inside this one-flesh union nudity is natural, beautiful, and blessed, but outside this union, nudity is unnatural, filthy, and cursed.

Nudity is for marriage, and marriage is for nudity.

When this is rejected, nudity becomes a commodity that is sold and bought, robbed and raped. Take nudity outside of the covenant, and you get image bearers of God flipping pages or scrolling screens to feed their perverted lusts, and other image bearers of God participating for money, power, or by force. The very thing Jesus said it would better to gouge out your eye or cut off your hand to avoid (Matthew 5:27-30).

The truth is nudity is natural and beautiful in the garden of marriage, but deadly and destructive in the public park of culture. That’s why in the Bible lust is linked with coveting (Ephesians 5:3) because you are wanting and taking something that doesn’t belong to you. Yet in marriage, nudity is a gift given from one spouse to the other (1 Cor. 7:3).

So Playboy has returned to nudity, not because it’s natural and good for men to lust after women (or vice-versa), but because lust is big business. But the problem is lust is not the same as love, and when lust is celebrated, love loses.

So guys (and girls) if you want to see nudity, don’t buy a magazine or click a screen. Instead, pursue a living breathing image bearer of God and commit your life to them for life in the covenant of marriage. And yes, in that holy covenant get naked together, but not to steal from one another, but rather to give to one another and celebrate love together. Because that’s the place where nudity is natural, beautiful, and good.