Sunday, August 2, 2009

Response to a comment

This post is in response to the following comment:

What's wrong with clothing optional beaches? It's just been a way of life in Europe since the beginning. I tanned topless on the beach in Spain all the time when I was there, it's not awkward because everyone's so used to it. Is it a Baptist thing?

The problem with the question (what is wrong with clothing optional beaches) is that we do not share the same worldview as the commenter and therefore do not view this issue through the same lens. More specifically Allison and I believe in absolute truth and objective morality as defined by the bible. Consequently we value modesty and purity more than self-expression and the absence of tan lines because the bible values modesty and purity more than these things. On the other hand the commenter’s view of morality and truth appear to be subjective based on their own opinion and personal experience. To argue “right or wrong” in this situation with this individual would be a fruitless endeavor because we are not working within the same framework.

The question is really one of worldview and which one makes the most sense…we have chosen Christianity, which is based on the Bible, which we believe to be divinely inspired by the God who created us. The commenter has chosen their own opinions based on their personal life experience.

Thoughts?

3 comments:

chelsea said...

1.The naked people at the clothing optional beaches are never the ones you want to see naked.

2. But to each their own..if you see its a topless beach just know you might see nakie ppl...don't go on the beach if you don't want to see it.

3. But will you see me topless at the beach? NEGATIVE. But I don't knock those who do. Your both entitled to your opinions and personal beliefs. But to say it is a Baptist thing..hmm. I think I'm a bit of a mut when it comes to a denomination..I have a little bit of everything..Church of Christ, Baptist, Methodist. But you still wont see me topless at the beach. Everyone has their OWN different relationship with God. We are all just children of God with different relationships with our Father.


*Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.* Ephesians 4:29

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Anonymous said...

The reasoned I raised question is because Spain is SUPER Catholic and the most conservative country in Western Europe. I'm pretty sure they follow the same holy book as you, no?

Because of this, I am confused on why the Baptist sect of Christianity finds it so awkward and sinful for nude beaches to exist, while on the other hand, the Catholic sect of Christianity finds absolutely nothing wrong with it. I mean, you guys are following the same set of rules. Are both sects interpreting the texts differenly?
I'm not trying to define right and wrong, I'm just wondering if you have an answer for why that is. I really was honestly asking if it was a Baptist thing, because the only people I've met who have negative attitudes towards nudity are of the Baptist denomination.
After living in Spain for quite some time and then traveling all around Europe, it seems odd that only the United States religious population has a problem with nude beaches. It's not as if Europe is some heathen continent. It's just confusing to me how groups of people can follow the same rules, but yet live on opposite ends of the spectrum on some issues.