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Woman’s Veil Is Shown Through the
Our intrinsic nature, given to us by God, teaches us that men should not cover their heads, but that women should.
1 Cor. 11:13-15 Judge for yourselves: Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?...
This verse implies that it is not proper for a woman to worship God with her head uncovered. We unconsciously know that if a man has long hair he looks ugly, and it can even become his disgrace. God gave men "the nature" not to cover their heads.
"But that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering."Contrary to man, if a woman has short hair, she is not seen as beautiful. When a woman has long hair that covers her head, she looks beautiful, and it becomes her glory. This is only because God gave women the "nature" to feel beautiful when their heads are covered with long hair.
Through the "nature of things," God taught us that a man should not cover his head, but that a woman should cover her head. Verse 15—"long hair is given to her as a covering"—means that God uses a woman's long hair to subconsciously teach her that it is proper for her to cover her head.
As the Apostles preached the gospel, Christ's teachings spread to various Mediterranean regions. Initially, the veil regulation was obeyed without rejection. As people began to advocate gender equality, however, a question was raised: "Is there any reason for women to wear veils when men do not?" In the region of Corinth, women became repulsed at the thought of the veil regulation. In an effort to change their incorrect thinking, the Apostle Paul emphasized that women ought to cover their heads, explaining the deeper significance of this regulation.