The Unknown: #6

Unknown #6 – Hairy Scriptures…

In 1 Corinthians 11:4-15, we find a controversial topic for some denominations, that of hair length:

 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.

7 A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. 12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.

13 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, 15 but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.

For me, it’s simple. I like to follow the guidelines set forth and as God designed us:

Men should have short hair

Women should have long hair

It’s natural that men’s hair is generally thinner (and eventually balding for some), while women’s hair is generally thicker. This is generally accepted in society. While I won’t argue the point doctrinally, that was a practice that Paul formally documented for the church in Corinth as shown above.

Now, one more appearance related Proverb you may not be familiar with:

Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained in the way of righteousness.Proverbs 16:31

Moral: Don’t be ashamed of your gray hair, it’s a natural sign from God that you might just be wise.


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