I’m reading through Donald Miller‘s Searching For God Knows What right now, and I wanted to quote a brief passage in order to bring something to your attention, and also comment on what I think is a remarkable insight.
And I know you think I am being immature by bringing this up, but the thing is, Moses repeated this idea five times. In just one hundred words used to describe Paradise and the Fall, the main thing he said, again and again, was that they were naked.
I wondered why it was the when people talked about the fall of man, about the Garden of Eden, they never talked about how people went around naked. If you ask me, the most obvious thing that happened after the Fall was that people started wearing all kinds of clothes. Just go to the store and look around, and you will see people wearing clothes. Everywhere you go you see people wearing clothes. Even as I type these words I am wearing clothes. I mean, evolution may explain how we came from apes, but it does nothing to explain why we wear clothes.
Isn’t that an interesting thought? For years and years people have debated evolutionism v. creationism, and every combination of the two in between. But I had honestly never thought about the fact that, even if evolution is entirely true as it pertains to our genetic heritage from simians, it really does not explain how or why more genetically evolved beings would suddenly start covering parts of their bodies to hide them from others.
In my opinion, this is as good an argument as any that I’ve ever heard for the truth of the Biblical account of creation. If you were a die-hard evolutionist or atheist you’d really have a hard time answering the question of why people suddenly started wearing clothes without getting at least a little bit metaphysical. Because it’s not just a question of survival. Birds and other animals migrate vast distances when the area they’re in becomes inhospitable. They don’t make winter coats to stay warm, and they certainly don’t make clothes to cover their genitals even when the climate is comfortable…