I have found christian naturist groups and they are very open on sex & sexuality and that i found difficult to get my head around. Is the message that nudity is sinful actually written or is it simply a distortion to suit the individual churches view? I know your personal views are for nudity as you are on here but what about the official stance?
I'm not aware of any official Christian stands on nudity. There are so many denomination or varieties of churches, but if there is a single spokesperson for Christianity, I'd have to say it's the Pope, and I'm not Roman Catholic. John Paul 2 said the following in his book Love and Responsibility which he wrote as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla: "There are circumstances in which nudity is not impure. If someone uses it to treat the person as an object of pleasure - even if it is by bad thoughts - he alone is the one who commits an impure act. Impurity of body only occurs when nudity plays a negative role with respect to the value of the person."
I see a fundamental conflict in Christianity between introversion and extraversion. I see Yeshua (aka Jesus Christ) as a pro-body, pro-sexuality introvert whose focus was on changing your own ways and spirit and living this through your actions. The Apostle Paul, who renamed Yeshua to its commonly known Greek form Jesus Christ, was a zealous extravert who defined Christianity as a religion around many of his own ideas of institution-building ideas which lean more towards body shame, sexual repression and conformity which alone are enough to make many atheist.
I personally find it fascinating how the church jumps from seeing Adam and Eve made in the image of God to Jesus as the Word Became Flesh to positioning the Church as the Body of Christ. That's a jump of logic for spirit in physical humans with genitals to real estate and gold without skin, genitals or sexuality. Marble places over placing your marbles. Do Christians experience body through their own creation of imperfect flesh or the imperfect human power institution? Yes. Views on nudity become quite conflicted, and the more I embrace the conflict the less power it has over me.
Simply the prevailing mindset tying nude in with lust, professed christians afflicted with that error, nudity is thrown in the sin basket along with lust, without stopping to consider that the old book actually condones nude as part of the original perfect state of man. And the final restored perfect state. I am a christian with no posibility of reverting to anything else, (because ive seen massive proof in multiple unrelated areas that its the only valid thing there is to belive in ) but i also understand that most of christianity has massivly misrepresented God and its own profession ever since shortly after the apostles time. So dont look at the evil that professed christianity has perpetrated and blame the source. Blame the falling away instead. Based on Bible teaching, nudity should be irrelevant. Even beneficial at times. Thats why i am good with it. As for nude church i attended once at naturist resort. Id do it regular if it were avalible. And i end up being music maker almost wherever i go.
I have attended church or worship service nude. Back a few years ago when the wife and I use to go to resorts fairly often, we attended Cherokee Resort in Middle TN. They had a small chapel there which had bible study and worship times each week. We attended whenever we were there and services were available.
If nudity were accepted within the church and nude worship was available, I would gladly attend. I attend the clothed services and would be even more eager to attend the nude ones.