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The Naked Truth About Why We Wear Clothes

By: Bethany Beal

Katrina and I ran down the stairs of our hotel and sprinted across the windy parking lot towards the hot tub. We had checked the hot tub from our window and it was empty, perfect timing to take advantage.

After about fifteen minutes of soaking up the warm water, Katrina turned to me and in an almost annoyed sounding voice asked, “I don’t get it. Why don’t you wear a bikini?” Yikes! I was not excited about answering Katrina’s question.

She and I did not see eye-to-eye on the topic of modesty and I wasn’t interested in getting into an argument.

I was a foot away from her in a tiny hot tub so there was no escaping it. I went on to explain what I thought about modesty and saving my body for my future husband, etc. etc. etc. She didn’t like my answers, I felt awkward, and thankfully we dropped the topic and moved on.

That conversation happened more than five years ago. Since then I have discovered an entirely new way to look at modesty.

Besides just helping guys towards purity and honoring my future husband, I’ve discovered that clothing has a much bigger purpose and significance. One that I didn’t even fully realize until more recently.

Honestly, I wish I could go back in time and add this new info to that modesty conversation I had with Katrina. Since I can’t do that, let me share my latest discoveries with you!

Have you ever wondered why you wear clothes?

They can be so cumbersome and it’s often just plain stressful finding the right outfit. So, why do we even bother with them? That may seem like a ridiculous question but I am being dead serious when I ask it.

Understanding the answer to that question is the foundation for why you should wear what you wear. Clothes are so much bigger than helping guys towards purity and honoring your future husband, or even looking sweet and feminine.

When you understand the original purpose for clothing it totally changes everything.

Let’s figure out the why behind clothing.

You know the story. Eve listened to Satan and ate the fruit. She offered it to her husband, Adam, who was with her and he ate the fruit as well. In that moment their eyes were opened and they were no longer sinless humans. They disobeyed God and sin entered the world. Things would never be the same.

Before they chose to disobey God they were not ashamed of their nakedness. “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25). Up until this point sin had not entered the world. Adam and Eve were completely pure and in perfect fellowship with God. There was no reason to cover up.

It wasn’t until after sin entered the world that their nakedness became shameful.

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”

“But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ And he said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.’”

“And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:7,9-10 & 21)

There you have it.

The very first set of clothes in human history.

It all started after sin entered the world. Notice that Adam and Eve grabbed some fig leaves and tried to cover themselves. What did God do? He killed an animal by the shedding of blood and clothed them with skins. Their fig leaves wouldn’t do.

“Without the shedding of blood there is no remission’ [of sin].” (Hebrews 9:22)

“God was illustrating to Adam and Eve that there had to be payment for their sin. In covering them, He was showing them that there had to be death and bloodshed to take away their sin. The clothing of Adam and Eve is a picture of the Gospel.” – Ken Ham

Did you catch that last line? The clothing of Adam and Eve is a picture of the gospel.

Think about it. From the time that God killed the animal in the garden and covered Adam and Eve, clothing became a symbol of what Christ did for our sins. Christ had to shed His blood on the cross to clothe us in His righteousness and save us from an eternity in Hell.

Clothes are soooooo much bigger than “just being modest.” Clothes are a picture of the gospel! Clothing is a constant reminder of what Christ did for us and the price that He paid for our sin. Clothing is a representation of Christ shedding His blood to save us.

When we start to view clothing from that lens, covering our bodies makes so much more sense. Clothes started back in Genesis and should continue until we are ultimately perfected in Heaven with God.

To read more on this topic, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of our e-book called, Project Modesty: How to Honor God With Your Wardrobe While Looking Totally Adorable in the Process.

I hope this post has opened your eyes to think about your clothing in an entirely new way.

Let me leave you with a few questions. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • If your clothing represents the gospel, shouldn’t you dress in a way that represents the gospel well?
  • God created clothing to cover us up. Why do we continue to uncover more and more?
  • How does your new understanding of clothing and the gospel change the way that you view modesty?

Photo credit: | Susannah van der Zaag

The Naked Truth About Why We Wear Clothes

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14 Responses to The Naked Truth About Why We Wear Clothes

  1. robesofRighteousness says:

    Such an encouraging post, thank you! A book my husband and I found helpful as well is “Christian Modesty: public undressing of America” by Jeff Pollard and he also has messages on modesty on sermonaudio. He talks about some of the same things you said. Thank you for again for sharing the light of truth in a dark world!

    • Nick Ch says:

      Pollard’s book substitutes his own distorted world view for Scripture. He states “Bathsheba failed to govern her modesty.” This is no where to be found in Scripture. He completely makes this up, and makes Bathsheba culpable in her own rape. He lays the groundwork for victim blaming. Bathsheba was doing what she was commanded by God to be doing, exactly where she should have been doing it, regardless of whether or not she was visible to David. . This is clear from the Scripture.

  2. Pooja jersy says:

    its very good message for youngster …. Bcz now a days naked nudity is common in this world… this world encourages the ppl to go to such kind of way…. media frds forwarded society and many more effects reflects on youngsters more n more….. As a christian girls wehave to be beautifull and cute but not in tempting way or seductive manner.. its never honor god…. We have to dress like if anybody look to us they should respect us and our dressing sense ll represent out attitude and personality….. We can wear jeans and all we can wear modern dresses but its should not tempt others and we have to honor the god in that also….. Thank you for sharing this message i m blessed from this msg…….

  3. I think she should have just let you alone about not wearing a bikini, as long you weren’t shaming anyone else for their choices. It sounds like you weren’t, either.
    And I know this sounds extremely dumb to some people, but….If Christ took away Christians’ sins, wouldn’t it kind of make sense if Christians had no body shame and therefore no need to wear clothes (if they didn’t want to)? Just a thought exercise, I know why some Christians wouldn’t agree.

    • HaydayontheBay says:

      he didn’t take away sins – we are forgiven of our sins, we still sin (or make mistakes), and that’s what we are ashamed of I believe.

      • Daniel M. says:

        Wait wait no! I’m (not really) sorry but Jesus completely cleanses us from our sin! That’s part of the crux of the gospel. Christ died to completely take care of our sin problem—Completely freeing us from guilt (for the past) and shame (for who we may find ourselves to be). “As far as the east is from the west” remember? Yes we still sin, but He “took away the sins of the world”. We are clothed in Christ’s righteousness, thus needing no other substitute (clothing here is a metaphor) ever again! So the analogy has ended in so many ways. I’m not amazing at deciphering the Bible—but the analogy that we should wear clothing because it represents our coming savior, would more than kind of point to the idea that Christ hasn’t yet come—however, He has! And what great clothing it is!
        All in all this doesn’t answer the questions that people have about modesty since those questions are caught up in the amount of skin showing (and this analogy of the gospel and clothes says nothing about how MUCH clothes should be worn). If you apply the analogy perfectly then we should be covered from our head to our big toe—because Christ’s righteousness completely covers me!
        Food for thought.

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  8. Nathalia says:

    Great article. A true eye-opener. Thank you guys. Greetings from Switzerland.

  9. HaydayontheBay says:

    great great post! but you should add in the “Tunic” part. Some translations dont have the word tunic but that word is super important because it helps us define what nakedness is and how God intended us to cover up. I learn a lot from this thanks!

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  11. Snarky says:

    …And here I was thinking that the earliest humans used clothing to help keep them warm and protect them from the elements and signify what tribe and social class they belonged to….but silly me IT WAS SIN!!! WOW HOW COULD I BE SO IGNORANT?!?!

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