Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him?

1st Corinthians 11:14

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Stick it to da man, Saint!  Paul was such a cock.
      —Smoking Gun

You said earlier that you despise St.Paul partly as he has said in In 1 Corinthians 11:14 long hair is unnatural and degrading for a man. Part of the problem here is how long is long? We know from archeological materials, such as Middle Eastern carvings and Egyptian tomb paintings, that Jews wore what we would consider today as long hair and beards. Hair reached down to the shoulders on men. Women wore hair down to the waist. Paul was telling Corinthian men that wearing hair down to the waist as women did would be effeminate and unnatural. You assume the length and cut of a Jewish man's hair in the first century was as it is for most men today, but that's a misconception which results in your misinterpretation of Paul's epistle.

—MerLEN Aerosmurf III


saint’s rebuttal:

I see your point, but ultimately must refer back to the Biblical parameter of Numbers 6:5 — while you are in dedication to God, you don’t cut your hair.  Period.  This bypasses any subjectivity of what the “cultural norm” for hair was then vs. now; as it is based on personal faith, not cultural style.  Again I put it to Paul: if God doesn't want long hair, if it’s a “disgrace,” then why does God want you to grow it as a symbol of dedication?  Samson’s strength was directly linked to it, and if God disapproved, Samson’s power would have been based on something else.

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