To me, "nude" is simply being unclothed, while being "naked" implies some level of openness. I can actually be naked AND fully-dressed, if I open myself spiritually or motionally to someone else. While counseling with my pastor a few weeks ago, there was a certain level of nakedness about me, since I shared some intimate knowledge of my life with him. I was fully-clothed however. I can go to a nudist resort and be nude from the time I undress at my vehicle til I dress to leave. It is up to me whether I ever become naked while there. If I choose to not interact with anyone else there, I am simply nude. All they see is a man with no clothes on. However, if I choose to interact with another person, and share some knowledge of who I am, then I display a certain level of nakedness. Because my wife knows me quite well, I am naked with her, whether I have clothes on or not. We are all naked before Almighty God, whether we like it or not, because He knows everything about us. Only God knows us better than we know ourselves. We can hide from anyone else, including ourselves. Those who do not know the Lord should rightly feel shame before God because of their sin and rebellion. We, as believers, should never feel any shame before Him, because we are covered in Christ's mantle of righteousness. We should be able to be truly "naked and unashamed".
A couple of days ago, I was at Cypress Cove. As I showered to go in the pool, a lady was showering also, and noticed the dark band across my backside. She was concerned about it, thinking I had fallen and hurt myself multiple times, because it does look like bruising. Obviously I was nude, and I shared with her that I have a rare skin disease which causes that kind of discoloration. Lots of other people saw me nude, but she was the only person who took the time to find out why I have that problem. She gave me the opportunity to be naked...to share personal information with her.
I have written a couple of posts here where I have bared my heart. Those posts are a glimpse of me naked. (They were also written au naturale.)
Naked and unashamed in Christ!
1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1, 1:14