A nationwide poll in 2009 reported that 40% of the American population believes that the first two humans were created within the past 10,000 years. If that is the case, why does one suppose that God chose to create humans with practically hairless bodies…that is to say naked? Having fur or feathers is extremely advantageous when it comes to keeping warm and protection, so why of all the animals did God chose to make humans the most vulnerable in that manner? Even in tropical climates people wear clothing for protection and use blankets to cover themselves with for sleeping.

 

The Garden story posits human nakedness as the way God created the first humans, Adam and Eve, yet all the other animals were given fur, feathers or extremely tough hides or scales. It does seem rather convenient that Adam and Eve were created naked, given the theme and outcome of the Garden story. When the forbidden fruit was eaten the consequence was the revelation to the hairless couple that they were naked, thus they sewed fig leaves together to make aprons for themselves. This knowledge of nudity was the secret contained in eating from the tree of good and evil, giving God the clue he needed that they had eaten from its fruit. Imagine if the naïve couple had a coat of fur like their primate cousins, what would then have been the consequence of eating the forbidden fruit?

 

Gen.3:5-7 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons…10) And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

 

The Garden story is naïve and primitive in its content, which is totally in keeping with the mindset of its authors. The odd part of the story is the consequence of becoming as gods and knowing good and evil, is the revelation of their nakedness, which of coarse begs the question: what does nakedness have to do with good and evil, and why were they afraid? From a modern perspective it is easy to see the reason for the stories choice of nudity as the point of interest. The one thing that sets humans apart from the animals, besides our self-awareness, is the fact that we are hairless and our genitals are very prominently displayed, and other than for purposes of modesty people need to clothe themselves to some degree for protection. Why do people wear shoes? The main purpose is to protect our feet from rocks and sharp objects, not because of modesty. It seems to me if one believes that God made humans in their current form it was purposely so we would need to clothe our bodies and shod our feet. Without our big brains to give us an advantage as far as protecting ourselves, we are a sorry lot indeed when matched against most other animals. If one is to believe that God created humans in our current form, then he did us no favors in creating us in the vulnerable manner he did.

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