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Angelic Clothing

Tom Verenna asked in a post on Facebook why angels wear clothing. I confess that I don’t recall ever hearing this asked, much less addressed. Surely conservative Christians ought to have answer to this question, since they believe that the Genesis 3 account is to be taken literally, and that the wearing of clothing is depicted there as a result of humanity’s fall into sin. And so were the angels who announced the resurrection to the women at the tomb fallen angels?!

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Comment by Internet_Troll on October 18, 2013 at 12:24pm

Ever since the fall, being naked was not a good thing. It might have been awkward indeed if the angels were naked.

Comment by John on October 18, 2013 at 2:18pm

Jefrey,

Were do you get the ideal (from scripture) being "physically naked" was not a good thing?

Comment by Internet_Troll on October 21, 2013 at 2:11am

Gen 9:22-23

Ex 20:26

I think for nakedness to be a valid metaphor, it is based on physical nakedness not being a good thing.

Comment by Doug on October 21, 2013 at 5:31pm

The original poster, James McGrath, asked a very valid question. And, he asked it in such a way that it is almost ludicrous how the "literalists" mix their metaphors all the time, to suit their own interpretations of things in Genesis.

And Jefrey, you are somewhat correct in saying that for a metaphor to make sense, it has to have some validity in things in the physical realm or we wouldn't understand it.

Nevertheless, let's not assume anything.

For example, should we assume that "nakedness" as the Genesis writer was describing, was necessarily physical nakedness? I mean, couldn't Adam and Eve, when they "saw they were naked", really have been seeing something else besides physical nakedness?

I don't know about you, but I have experienced great guilt in the past, and my accusers (in my mind) saw me as "naked", because I felt completely exposed.

Could it be that Adam and Eve, when being seen by the eyes of God, weren't so worried about their physical appearance to God as they were concerned about the fact that they had been found out? And, could it not be that this "feeling of shame" was described by the writer of Genesis as "nakedness"?

In other words, don't just assume that the metaphorical meaning behind nakedness that we now understand wasn't also understood by Adam and Eve. Don't assume that the primary thing on Adam's mind was how to put on clothes. Instead, is it not logical that Adam and Eve experienced shame, and that on account of their shame, they wanted to hide not only their eyes from God's gaze, but also their bodies?

And, remember that in later books of the bible, we are told that God's grace is a "covering" for our sins. So putting physical clothes on to hide physical nakedness is only a by product of how we first feel in our hearts when we have done a great wrong.

Comment by Eohn Rhodes on November 2, 2013 at 9:12am
Adam was being made in the image of God and passing the image on to Eve in their betrothal. They went into flesh mode and realized their image in the flesh was not happening. The image of God was not complete until Christ became one of them in the flesh family of the Judah-ans. If Jesus could have found a soul mate and passed on his image in the flesh he would have built a house on Joseph's land, married a Jewish girl and had real live children in the image of himself. I suppose. Jesus was the only human in the flesh who was rightfully unashamed to be without clothes. He fully procured the image of God under law. So clothing reminds us that even Christ did not pass on his image in the flesh mode. So we keep our covenentable-in-the-flesh parts covered. We are unashamed with our spouse because we cover each other and in some way we complete the image of God in each other.The church as the mother of all living is not ashamed because her covenentable-ness is one with Christ and covered. If we try walking around naked the law of the land will come down on us. We don't want to try going back.

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