“Acceptance is part of naturism too. We should try to accept Christians as well.”
Our dear friend Alex, a.k.a. The Happy Bare, made the above comment to one of my recent posts. He’s absolutely right, of course.
I often write about religionists who seek to deny equal rights to others. Yes, I am critical of that aspect of their belief system. But, I do believe that each religion serves a purpose, that each is a stepping stone in the spiritual journey, and that we each gravitate to what we need at various points in our lives. I say “lives,” because as many of you know, I am a Theosophist — Theosophy is not a religion — who believes in reincarnation, and karma. But even in this lifetime, I started out as a Christian before moving on to Eastern religions and finally being reunited with the Theosophists — it felt like a reunion from the moment I came across some of their literature. Still, as a Theosophist, I feel that I can sit in almost any place of worship, including a Catholic church near my workplace.
I also have great respect for people who don’t follow any religious doctrine, who don’t consider themselves to be spiritual, yet live the golden rule simply because it is the right thing to do. In a way, I feel they may be the most evolved of all humans.
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life. ” — Alice Bailey
Such a shame that many religions make it difficult to take those “stepping stones” if they don’t lead to their preferred destination.
Humans need a religion of some sort to bind to others, so as to belong to a larger group. Like so many other species we profit when we are together, and wither when we are apart. We certainly bond together under many guises, race, religion, politics, social economic status, gender, sexual predilection, and so many more. Every one of these groups has a costume to help us and others recognize and identify with the group. One of these costumes is nakedness. Naturists feel that nakedness implies acceptance, vulnerability and openness both physical and spiritual. However they fret that naturism is fading, and interest in it is diminishing. I don’t think this is true because nakedness is the only one thing that actually bind all humans together as humans. We are all naked under the myriad of guises we assume, and nakedness is the costume that we all wear underneath. Ultimately it may be the only group that we all belong to and the only group that gives us all a common starting point. Nakedness is and should be the one thing that we all share, the one thing that transcends religion, politics, language, race, colour and so on and on. Take care and stay bare.
Although I am a Christian, I do believe in the live and let live principal. Nude is not lewd. God created us to be happy beings. It’s a shame others abuse religion to control others
Funny that we would think of “religionists” as people too. There are many christian nudists. They go to great lengths to point out that the Bible does not prohibit naturism or nudity. They even have websites which discuss nudity with a biblical emphasis.
My feeling is that there is more that we have in common than separates us. And even at work, under my clothes I am always naked!
Jillian said :
“I also have great respect for people who don’t follow any religious doctrine, who don’t consider themselves to be spiritual, yet live the golden rule simply because it is the right thing to do. In a way, I feel they may be the most evolved of all humans.”
To quote as an answer :
“I was attracted to anarchism as a young teenager, as soon as I began to think about the world beyond a pretty narrow range, and haven’t seen much reason to revise those early attitudes since. I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.” ~Noam Chomsky
For me the idea of a (or many) God (s) is a structure of hierarchy and authority. I did question it and dismantled it from my mind as no justification could be given.