Question: The Bible says (in the New Testament) that women should cover their heads. Why then do we not do this?
Answer: We need to understand to whom the letter is written and why the admonition is given to the women in this case.
A background of the city of Corinth and some of the pagan practices will explain several of the comments Paul made in his letter to them.
One of the temples employed prostitutes in the services of the temple. The identification of these women was that they shaved their heads. Not wanting any Christians to be seen as of such character, Paul commanded them to keep long hair, or if they had converted from this practice to at least cover their heads so as not to be a distraction to others.
Paul also mentions the need for a symbol of submission on the part of the women. The context of 1 Cor 11:2-16 teaches that women are to submit to those in authority. 1 Tim 2 teaches that women are not to usurp authority or push themselves into positions of authority. The head covering was just such a symbol in that place.
The issue of women wearing a head covering today is a matter of choice, but should not be forced upon anyone.
Keep studying God's word. (Carey Scott, 7-18-2000, askme.com)
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