Before I get flamed, I just want to say up front that I don't agree with what I am saying. Comments welcome, but remember: I do not seriously advocate this position.

Why is it wrong to go shopping naked? The answer I get most often has to do with the story of Adam and Eve. They ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and discovered they were naked. Once God found out that they knew, "...the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.- Gen 3-21" God clothed them Himself. If God didn't want people naked, He wouldn't have put clothes on them. A few chapters later another of God's doings manifests. "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.-Gen 11:4" The people settled on a plain in the land of Shinar and decided to use bricks and slime to build a skyscraper into heaven. The Elohim were having none of that because ,"... nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. -Gen 11:6" As punishment for their industriousness, "...the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.-Gen 11:9" What connection can be drawn between these stories? In the first story they learned they were naked and God made them some skins. Now, it is wrong to be naked. In the Babel story, the people wanted to build a tower. They built the tower too close to heaven, then , "the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth." God made clothes. God confounded language. If God wanted naked people, he wouldn't have clothed them. If God wanted multi-lingual people He wouldn't have confounded the language. To learn a new language means to directly go against a punishment God decreed. Wouldn't this mean that it goes against God to demand immigrants learn English?

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Comment by Roger Rotge on May 17, 2009 at 2:20am
Heh, yes, that is the other interpretation that could be gleaned from the story. I focused more on the anti-nudity aspect so it fit with my story. A classic example of molding the evidence to fit your conclusion.
Comment by Justin Pearson Smith on May 16, 2009 at 4:49pm
The problem is that these stories when they no longer fit with dominant scientific discoveries, are re-examined and treated as fables rather than actual events. The story of the tower of Babel clearly implies that heaven is above us and not on some spiritual dimension beyond this one. We have telescopes and as Brian said in Family guy, we've seen untold wonders of the cosmos but not one shot of a guy with a beard sitting on a cloud.

I used a similar interpretation of the genesis story to ask why the question why is it that Christians are often anti-nudity. God was happy for Adam and Eve to walk around naked. He only got angry when they covered up. If we had more nudists in society maybe God would be more happy.
Comment by Roger Rotge on May 15, 2009 at 9:40pm
I posted this on Facebook recently and re-posted it here. This particular argument is just something silly that drifted through my mind. As Jeff Dee from the Atheist Experience is notorious in saying, "The Bible is the big book of multiple choice." One of the things that entertains me most in the world is thinking about silly things like this. When I wrote this for Facebook, I know that at least 4 of my friends go to a church where each of the verses I quoted are taken literally. It wasn't to anger them, but I really don't think they carry out their beliefs to a level deeper than, "God said it, I believe it, that settles it." So, if they won't think about it, and I milk so much joy from it, why not stick something on the internet for the world to see. Even if my stuff is completly off the mark, perhaps something of value will come from it. Maybe it will be the inspiration for someone else to write their own, much better, blog post. I won't know and may never know.
Comment by Roxanne on May 15, 2009 at 8:52pm
That's a pretty fun argument, I'll have to remember it for my next battle against a fundie. ;-)
Comment by Dionysus on May 15, 2009 at 12:46pm
Hypothetically, if there were a god perhaps you'd have an argument. The biblical god was known to do and ask for bizarre stuff so I guess anything goes. My only caveat is, "why even care?"



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