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Can Women Have Short Hair

When is a woman's hair considered too short according to God's standards?

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I've never been to an old fashioned "brush arbor" meeting, but I've heard they were very uplifting.
I hope I'm not sounding critical of your spelling but it is "brush arbor" not Harbor.
They were gospel meetings held in the outdoors, etc.
Many people today have never heard of "camp meetings" which was a take-off of the old "brush arbor" meetings.
---Chipper on 12/14/07

Romans 14:1-22 speaks about a weaker brother may eat only vegetables while Paul said everything was clean to eat, also it talks about one man regards one day as sacred, while another man honors all the days the same. Verse 1 tells us to accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on "disputable matters". I believe this is the same with long hair or short hair. If one thinks women should not cut their hair or another thinks it's fine to cut it.
---bara7776 on 11/27/07

My mother died at 83. And here is an wild of statement. She never had her hair cut in her life!!!! She did trim the ends of her hair with scissors. She was not pentecostal she was baptist. Brush Harbor meeting baptist. How many remember brush Harbor meetings?
---Mima on 11/27/07

1 corinthians 11 - 14,15,16 -it plainly tells you long hair on a women is her glory for her hair is given to her for a covering.
---judy on 11/26/07

If a women believes that wearing her hair short is wrong, then she should not cut her hair. It doesn't matter if it will only grow to her ears or down her back. On the other hand, if a woman is convinced that there is nothing wrong with wearing short hair, then she should wear it short if she wants to. God is more interested in how I treat my fellow man, how I obey and honor Him. I do believe that the motives of the heart are what's important to Him.
---Bara7776 on 11/24/07

When it is shorn or shaven. 1 Cor 11: 5-6, 15.
By the way, shorn is a past participle of shear meaning to cut or clip.
---Diana on 11/20/07



As a woman (bride of Christ) I would rather be "kept" in the "house of women" by the Spirit of God even against my will that I might be saved rather than wear the attire of an harlot and demand my "rights" and lose my soul walking outside the walls, house or his will.
Let his "keeper" give me what pleases God even if it's not what I want and goes against the rest of the world.
Even if the spiritually blind cannot see it.

---Frank on 11/19/07

My post was in reference to spiritual things which you obviously do not see or you would not have tried to take that which is spiritual for the benefit of those here with eyes to see and bashed it with carnal foolishness.
No wonder the unbelievers laugh at Christians today.
Try to show them something spiritual and they get ignorant.

---Frank on 11/19/07

Bob: I've read some of your posts and while I agree with some, I disagree with others. If God only looks at the heart, then is it ok for a woman to be clad in clothing that displays 98% of her body, such as a bikini on a beach? I ask you, is this HOLINESS?
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array,
1 Timothy 2:9
---Chipper on 11/17/07

Bob: I've read some of your posts and while I agree with some, I disagree with others. If God only looks at the heart, then is it ok for a woman to be clad in clothing that displays 98% of her body, such as a bikini on a beach? I ask you, is this HOLINESS?
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array,
1 Timothy 2:9
---Chipper on 11/17/07

Modesty, shamefacedness and sobriety sure doesn't look like programs like "Dancing with the Stars", and any of these types of programs that come from Hellywood. It's ungodly and is no sign of Holiness.
Are there no standards at all in the NT? I think there is. I know there is... and for men as well.
There is no humility, meekness, sobriety, shamefacedness or modesty in these kinds of programs from Hellywood. NONE! They portray women as bold, arrogant, loudmouthed and not humble and meek.
---Chipper on 11/17/07

Furthermore, IMHO, it is wrong for women (or men) to be all tattooed, pierced, and painted up, and dressed up like some circus clown. I can be relatively sure that this is not pleasing to God one little bit.
Where is Holiness in all of this junk of the world?
Ever wonder why we have such rebelious children? Stop this foolishness and repent and God will heal our land and our children.
---Chipper on 11/17/07

Yesterday, I addressed that harem scarem doctrine.
Today, I see we're splitting hairs again.
There is nothing about your outward man that covers you. Nothing.
To say so, makes the sacrifice of Jesus to be unnecessary for you.
So 'frank', have you grown your hair out?
---Bob on 11/16/07

If women (church) were kept (preserved) in the harem, or house of women (church) by the keeper of women (Lord) and given what pleased her Lord (the word) and veiled when outside (his Spirit seen and not her) the church may not resemble the great whore (Mystery, Babylon, mother of harlots and abominations) as it does.
Freedom is from sin and death.
Equality is in reference to all being able to be saved through faith.
The way we live in the natural reveals what we think spiritually.
---Frank on 11/16/07

My oh my, what an interesting spritual subject this is !!! :)))
---Caring on 11/16/07

Idol worship, regardless if it is the hair on your head, is deception.
Veils have no power, hair has no power, the length of your sleeve has no power.
How sad for you to find out at the end of your life, that traditions of men are wood, hay, and stubble. God only Honors the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, as the perfect sacrifice.
Obedience to God, is better than the sacrifice of hair or veils.
---Bob on 11/15/07

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If you are Jewish, Betty, in the beginning was the Word, Jesus Christ was in the beginning. When He walked the earth, He was Man and God, and He is the Word.
The Word, Jesus, fulfilled and finished the OT temple practices/traditions. The NT was in the beginning with God, He was not written down yet, but He, Jesus, was always there.
---Bob on 11/15/07

There is no power in your hair. Jesus Christ is our Covering, God no longer recognizes any outward sacrifice, whether it be growing out your hair - or the blood of bulls and goats. It is finished. There is no power in your hair. The power of God belongs to His Holy Spirit. God honors His Son above any outward tradition you perform or practice.
To have a form of godliness, traditions of men, is to deny the power of the Holy Spirit.
You have made your hair into an idol of worship.
---Bob on 11/15/07

No having long hair won't save you but it does give you power with God over in the old testment they wore veil's some still do but our covering in this day and time is our hair is our covering
---Betty on 11/15/07

Well heres my pennies worth. All women are individuals and have different lengths of hair by design and for me reading the bible says a woman should not be shorn. Others interpret this to mean shaven. well if it only means shave don't shave your head if you are a woman. Shaven women in those times were prostitutes well in this day prostitutes dress a certain way lifestyle and hairstyle is not something we govern a woman by. Obviously the terms have changed.
---Carla5754 on 11/14/07

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Hair doctrines, veil doctrines, long dress/sleeve doctrines are manmade ideas about godliness.
I know that one person follows after the veil, the preening of the hair and also trots down the green path.
Do you think long hair will save you from the fiery furnace?
---Bob on 11/14/07

picture a newly wed couple. they are both nervous about her first big meal. she makes liver and onions and her husband who has always hated liver and onions smiles and chokes it down but later tells her how he feels about that dish. now if the next night and every night after that she makes the same meal does she love her husband?
the importance may not be heaven or hell, it may not make God's top ten list but if its in our NT as somthing God likes why are we still making liver and onions.
---Kraus on 11/14/07

I don't think the length of someone's hair matters as much as what is in the heart. So what, women cut their hair or men have long hair? Big deal. I am not any less of a believer because I have short hair then the next person who leaves her hair long.
---Katie on 11/14/07

It's a sad thing to worry about length of hair when there are people whose hair is falling out due to starvation.

Priorities, man, priorities.
---Nancy on 11/14/07

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#2 I ask not because I have all the answers but the fact that the church lives by no law or standards is why it is in the state of apostasy that it is. Soon people will be walking around naked as they already do at "Christian" beach parties where woman wisp around in their bra and panties (oh, I mean bikinis) and men are not far behind. Can anyone blush anymore or feel shame? And what really is a disgrace is that the infidels like Muslims and JW's have more modesty - what a travesty.
---ShaunT on 11/13/07

Actually, as Christ is the head of the church, so the husband is the head of the wife. Either we believe Scripture or modify it per our politically correct anti-Christ culture.

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
"(Eph 5:23-24)
---ShaunT on 11/13/07

#2 So if all of the OT is thrown out, where do you think the NT came from? Have you ever done a study to see how so many verses in the NT come from Isaiah, Psalms, Proverbs, Jeremiah, etc. And if we can be lawless and totally disregard the OT, can men dress like women, walk around in dresses, wear lipstick, have long hair, etc? Has God changed or does he still consider this an abomination?
---ShaunT on 11/13/07

A woman who has her hair trimmed every six weeks is the same as a woman who can walk around on her hair, like Crystal Gayle, in the eyes of God.
Because the hairy ape/bald head doctrines are over. If the hair on your head makes you holy, then Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross was not necessary for you.
---Bob on 11/13/07

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There is nothing about the outward vessel that can make you holy. Ritual washings, long hair, long sleeves/dresses, veils, it's over. God looks at the inward man. Not one of these traditions will gain you favor or preserve your soul.
It's only the Blood of Jesus that makes you worthy to enter through the narrow gate.
---Bob on 11/13/07

I cor 2:13 is the text. it is not OT (the law) it is given by Paul as what he knows to please God and vs2 says their tradions (custom). the teaching is clear a womans hair is to be uncut (if she is to shorn let her be shaven). For a man to be uncut dishonors Christ. (samson was OT vow) Paul thought it mattered and its worth looking at. the answer to the main question is too short = Cut uncut = long. so a bald woman who never cut her hair is the same in Gods eyes as a woman with long uncut hair.
---Kraus on 11/13/07

A device called scissors is now available at many stores. And so now, yes, this is possible.
---matthew on 11/13/07

The length of women's hair in America is not determined by canon law (with certain denominational exceptions), but by age: the older the woman, the shorter the hair.

The exception is younger (to age 25) women, who can (and do) wear their hair any length.

They are also the only group where it is considered normal to wear it long (below the shoulders).
---Nancy on 11/12/07

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Personally, my preferance is long hair, which I have had most of my life. Bob has some good Spiritual insights, and I agree with him on many points. We are not under law, but Grace. Jesus fulfilled the law, and who the Son sets free is free indeed! The length of a woman's hair does not affect her standing in the Lord. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 11/12/07

I have had short hair most of my adult life. I have been a Christian all of my adult life. I have never been told that my short hair is displeasing to the Lord.
---Trish9863 on 11/12/07

I didn't know it could be. If a person goes by the Old Law, and still considers themselves under the law instead of grace, then the law applies to them. The same goes for a woman wearing a veil over her head. We are no longer bound to do these things anymore. Since we are under grace.
---Rebecca_D on 11/12/07

The apostle Paul wrote that a woman's hair is her covering. I personally would not be so arogant as to dispute him. He was a Jew and chosen of God whereas most of us are but gentiles saved by grace. He also had discernment of spirits which is lacking in the church today. There is grace however.
---Frank on 11/12/07

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This question arises from 1 Cor.11 where Paul is speaking of customs. In verse 16 he emphasizes that there is no such custom in the churches and that there should be no contentions about these matters. God's standard is a heart standard not a hair standard.
---john on 11/12/07

For those woman that have no hair they can ware a veil in any color, and have fun with it.
---Whisper on 11/12/07

This brings up another interesting twist to the legalists. What about my friend whose hair cannot grow due to a disease? What about women who have lost their hair due to radiation and chemo? Where does the law stop? Or did it stop with Jesus dying on the cross for us?
---Susie on 11/12/07

Considering that woman with long hair could use their hair in place of a veil it was a custom for ages for woman to be veiled even among Greeks, Romans, and other nations, this was also a custom.

Only public prostitutes in the East went without veils, also to pray or prophesy without a veil would be to identify Christianity to harlotry.
It would be the same as woman who's hair was cut off, for whoredom and adultery.
---Whisper on 11/12/07

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If you are trying to determine your value to God by the hair on your head, you are in spiritual bondage.

Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church and He is the spiritual Head of every Christian.
---Bob on 11/12/07

A womans hair is her mantle, and her veil.

Peribolation in Greek means, something thrown around anyone. Heb. 1:12

The long hair of a woman is given her for a mantle, veil, or covering. That is , long hair can be used also as a veil if she insists on her new freedom of deliverance from old customs of always using a veil. And if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him, but if a womans hair is long it is a glory to her.
---Whisper on 11/12/07

God doesn't have standards for women and their hair.
When Jesus rent the veil from top to bottom, all of man's traditions and temple practices were finished. Jesus said, "It is finished".

The hair of women is not their 'covering', Jesus Christ is their Head and He is their 'covering'.
---Bob on 11/12/07

The hair of a woman, short, grey or bald does not mean anything in Christianity.
Angels can't demand veils and angels can't demand hair.
God doesn't look at your head of hair, He looks at your heart.

The Word of God is understood - heart to heart. God's Word is His heart, gift to man. It is received in your heart, not in your head and not by the traditions of man.
---Bob on 11/12/07

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