Why Do We Wear Clothes?

Katrina and I ran down the stairs of our hotel and sprinted across the windy parking lot toward the hot tub. We had checked the hot tub from our window, and it was empty—perfect timing to take advantage.

After about fifteen minutes of soaking up the warm water, Katrina turned to me and in an annoyed-sounding voice asked, “I don’t get it. Why don’t you wear a bikini?” Yikes! I was not excited about answering Katrina’s question. She and I did not see eye-to-eye on the topic of modesty, and I wasn’t interested in getting into an argument.

I was a foot away from her in a tiny hot tub, so there was no escaping it.

I went on to explain what I thought about modesty and saving my body for my future husband. She didn’t like my answers. I felt awkward, and thankfully we dropped the topic and moved on.

A New Way To Look At It

That hot tub conversation happened more than five years ago. Since then I have discovered an entirely new way to look at modesty.

When you understand the original purpose for clothing, it totally changes everything.

Besides just helping guys toward purity and honoring my future husband, I’ve discovered that clothing has an even bigger purpose and significance—one that I didn’t fully realize until recently.

Honestly, I wish I could go back in time and add this new info to that modesty conversation I had with Katrina. Since I can’t do that, let me share my latest discoveries with you.

Why Do We Wear Clothes Anyway?

Have you ever wondered why you wear clothes? They can be so cumbersome, and it’s often just plain stressful finding the right outfit. So why do you even bother with them?

That may seem like a ridiculous question, but I am being dead serious when I ask it.

Understanding the answer to that question is the foundation for why you should wear what you wear. When you understand the original purpose for clothing, it totally changes everything.

You know the story. Eve listened to Satan and ate the fruit. She offered it to her husband, Adam, who was with her, and he ate the fruit as well. In that moment, their eyes were opened and they were no longer sinless humans. They disobeyed God, and sin entered the world. Things would never be the same again.

Before they chose to disobey God, they were not ashamed of their nakedness. “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed” (Gen. 2:25). Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were completely pure and in perfect fellowship with God. There was no reason to cover up.

It wasn’t until after sin entered the world that their nakedness became shameful.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. . . . But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” . . . And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them (Gen. 3:7, 9–10, 21).

There you have it. The very first set of clothes in human history.

It all started after sin entered the world. Notice that Adam and Eve grabbed some fig leaves and tried to cover themselves. What did God do? He killed an animal by shedding blood and clothed them with skins. Their fig leaves wouldn’t do. “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Why do you wear clothes? Now that you’ve finished this blog post, I’d love to hear your answers!

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About Author

Bethany Beal

After a brief experience in the modeling industry, Bethany’s eyes were opened to how self-absorbed and lost her generation of young women really are. She and her older sister were inspired to start a blog (www.GirlDefined.com) and wrote a book Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity and Identity. Their passion is to help young women find God’s truth about beauty and womanhood and the freedom that comes from living a radically different life for Christ.

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