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Should women where a headscarf?

Submitted: 1/23/2012
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Question: Should Christian women wear headscarfs? Does it actually say that in 1 Corinthians 11:1 to 16. Please explain what these verses mean.

Answer: Women are free to wear headscarves if they want to, but there is nothing in the Bible that require them to do so. 1 Corinthians 11:15 clearly states that 'if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.' This passage says nothing about headscarves. Instead is says that a woman's long hair is her covering. The word translated 'long hair' means freely growing hair. The implication is that she is allowing her hair to grow; she is not cutting it. That's the covering, regardless of the actual length of her hair. This means that any woman can have the God-ordained covering (literally veil) the moment she decides that she will no longer cut her hair.