Friday, August 12, 2016

Was Melania Trump naked by posing for her modeling gigs?


"Hamilton

Hope you are well. Please, you are good at researching on controversial topics like nakedness in public. So, could you tell us what you think? These radical liberals are making a big deal out of Melania Trump appearing naked in public as a model. I have tried to put some water into their empty skulls and they are still bent on arguing. May be you should have the final word. First of all she is no longer modeling .

Thanks"

Jonathan

Dear Rev. Awasom, thanks for the question and sorry for the late reply. I had some unforeseen imperatives. Nonetheless, it is better late than never. We will first define nudity before we can ascertain whether she was naked or not. The main question is whose law or whose values are we going to use, since nudity does not mean the same thing to every culture? In the Bodi tribe, Ethiopia, walking naked is normalcy. In the West, walking naked is illegal only when you are in public. If walking naked is a sin, then it would be a sin, whether in private or in public. In Holland and Germany, public nudity is tolerated. Still in the West, they have nudists camps. That is what makes the morality or immorality of nudity complex. Which means that, humanity is unable to make any determination, since no culture is perfect. When the relativism of human morality fails to generate a common consensus as absolute, we are obliged to look without the human race for an absolute. That is when God comes in.
The only person with a perfect law is God. Therefore, we will be discussing nudity per the laws of God and whether according to biblical considerations, Melania Trump was naked by modeling. Through biblical exploration, the conclusion is clear that nudity is when an individual exposes their penis or vagina and not even their buttocks or their breasts. After Adam and Eve had sinned by eating the forbidden fruit, the Bible says, “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.” Genesis 3:7. They made themselves apron. If nakedness had included the breasts and the entire body, then when Adam and Eve made themselves aprons with fig leaves to cover themselves, God would had made them clothes that covered their entire body. Instead, he too made them skirts from animal skin to cover them as we read from the Bible, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21. What is clearer in this passage is that sin has made nakedness a shameful thing. In other words, without sin, nakedness had no shame since that is the way mankind was made. Mankind wasn’t made with clothes; otherwise, God would have made man with clothes from the onset.  The question is what is nakedness? Let us say that this passage does not clearly state if the coats of skin that God made covered their entire body or not, we can make a horizontal interpretation by looking at other passages.

God had replaced the leaves with animal skin. The aprons mentioned is Genesis 3:7 is translated as chăgôrâh, a Hebrew term for the English expression “belt for the waist.” No time in history was the belt worn all over the body. Those leaves were meant to cover only their genitals, which is why some have misinterpreted that the sin was sexual in nature. We would need to look into the bible to see when the word apron has been used to state clearly if an apron could be worn above the waist or below the waist. One other occasion where the Bible uses the word apron is in Acts 19:12. Therein it is used as “narrow covering.” A narrow covering cannot cover the entire body. The conclusion would be that when Adam and Eve sinned, God only covered their genitals. As such, the breasts of Melani would not be faulted as nudity. However, that is merely descriptive. We will need something more prescriptive to enforce as law or doctrine.  
In Genesis 20:26, God tells Moses, “Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.” Why would God tell Moses not to build an altar with a second floor or to put the altar where they have to ascend into it by climbing stairs? In the course of climbing stairs, one leaves themselves exposed, and it would be easier to see your genitals. The priests wore garments or robes without underwear.  That is why it would have been easier to see their nakedness, if they were climbing the stairs. By God telling them not to expose their nakedness, he was telling Israel not to show their nakedness to anyone. He makes it more explicit that nakedness is only shameful when you show it to people who have no business seeing it.

Therefore, Melania Trump would be nude if she took pictures exposing her vagina and not only her breasts. If there are not such pictures and videos, not even Bible condemns her. If Melania Trump was walking naked in her garden or with her husband, and someone sneaked around, took some pictures, the sin is that of the thief to bare and not Melania’s because we do not punish victims of theft or crime. If Melania was making a photo-shoot whereby the photographer and others of the team saw her naked, the burden of the sin is placed on the job, just as the soldier who kills at war does not bear the sin of murder for killing at war.
Until then, I hope I have shone some light.
St Arrey of Ntenako




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