Is nudity before the opposite gender a sin?
We are living in a day when the overwhelming majority of Christians and non-Christians alike believe in situational ethics. "The end justifies the means" seems to be the philosophy of today's independent Baptist churches. God, on the other hand, has always been the God of moral absolutes.
Is nudity before the opposite gender a sin? Well if it is, then it must always be a sin, whether at an xxx theater, a swimming pool, or in a doctor's office.
In the Bible, the only nakedness allowable between a man and a woman is between husband and wife. Genesis 2:25 reads, "And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." Within the confines of marriage nakedness is totally permissible. However, in Leviticus 18, God goes into great detail condemning nakedness between brother and sister, father and daughter, mother and son, aunt and nephew, uncle and niece, grandfather and granddaughter, and the list goes on and on.
God also admonishes us repeatedly throughout the Bible to be fully clothed. Nakedness in the Bible is associated with the word "shame." One of the many examples of this association is found in Isaiah 47:3a, "Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen:" as well as in Revelation 3:18 (above). Exodus 28:42 reads, "And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach." God is commanding here for a man to wear pants or shorts that cover his entire thigh (down to the knee) in order not to be naked. Isaiah 47:2-3 reads, "Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man." God shows us again here, in this case with a woman, that the thigh being uncovered is considered nakedness by God.
Repeatedly throughout the New Testament, God commands women to be clothed in modest apparel because nakedness is undoubtedly a sin.
This is the first in a series of three brief articles that shine a light on the issue of male gynecologists: