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Woman’s Veil Is God’s Commandment
Christ commanded that during worship service men should not cover their heads, but women ought to cover their heads.
1 Cor. 11:1-6 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ....
The Apostle Paul emphasized that his teachings were from Christ, not from his own personal opinions.
1 Cor. 11:4-5 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is just as though her head were shaved.
Through Christ's teaching, we discover that men ought not to cover their heads, but that women should cover their heads while worshiping God.
During the time of Moses, the head of a woman stood for the man. Thus, it was regarded as very shameful if a woman uncovered her head in front of a man or even loosened her hair. In fact, when a Jewish man chose to marry a Gentile captive, he would shave the woman's head to wash away the shame of her prior ignorance of God.
The words, "It is just as though her head were shaved," refer to this very shameful occurrence.