What Does The Bible Say About Hair
In the book of Genesis, Chapter 1 verse 7, we are told that God created Eve in His image. He made her male and female, equal with Him. When He saw what He had done, however, He was displeased because He realized that He had made two different beings, male and female, when He only wanted them to be one. So God separated the male from the female.
Eve came to represent all women-both angels and humans. She became their example. In fact, the New Testament refers to Adam and Eve several times even though they were no longer alive. We see this especially in Paul’s writings where he tells us how to live our lives in Christ Jesus. But we also see it in the Epistle to Timothy, which states, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19).
We can learn a lot about human anatomy by looking at Eve. Her head represents our own heads, each of which contains three sections. Our ears are located on the sides of our heads. Our eyes are located above our eyebrows and our nostrils are just below our eyebrows. Our mouth is at the center of our face and our lips line our bottom jaw bone. Our neck has seven vertebrae. And our shoulders contain 12 bones. It takes a long time for the body to grow into its adult form. Each stage of development requires the appropriate nutrients and oxygen if growth is going to occur properly.
Our hair is another important part of our anatomy. It helps protect our skin from sunburns and other forms of damage. It keeps our scalp healthy. Some people believe that hair is an outward expression of self-esteem while others say that it reflects self-love. Either way, it is very personal. If we cut off our hair, it will grow back again. However, if we remove some of the follicles, as happens with those suffering alopecia, the hairs may fall out. This condition can be caused by cancer treatment, chemotherapy or AIDS.
God gave men long hair but He didn’t give them long fingernails. On the contrary, He said, “You shall not make baldness upon your head” (Leviticus 19:27). He wants us to keep our hair neat and trim. For example, Psalm 139 states, “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works declare this.” (verse 14).
One of the most common problems faced by both men and women today is balding. Men usually begin losing their hair around age 30 while women start losing theirs starting around age 35. As they get older, men become more susceptible to loss due to diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Women tend to lose their hair due to stress, illness and aging. Other causes include hereditary disorders, thyroid conditions and medications used to treat certain illnesses.
Many people think that if they shave their head, they won’t have to worry about losing their hair. They would never do this! Actually, many religions encourage believers to shave their heads. Shaving your head is known as tonsure. This practice dates back thousands of years. During the Middle Ages, monks shaved their foreheads and wore a bandage wrapped tightly around their scalps. Later, the Franciscan order adopted this tradition. Today, there are still communities in Europe that follow this custom.
Those believing in Christianity often wear wigs or hats to cover their bald spots. Many Christians also use Rogaine(TM), a topical medication containing minoxidil, to help stimulate new hair growth. Others choose to undergo hair transplant surgery.
It should come as no surprise then that the Bible mentions hair several times. One of these references occurs in the Book of Isaiah where it reads, “Your hair shall grow and your teeth show through,” (verse 16:5b). Another reference comes from the prophet Ezekiel who wrote, “This is the word of the Lord to Oseas [Ezekiel]… ‘Say to Pharaoh, “Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Egypt: Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Look behind you, O Pharaoh, Stretch out your hand towards Edom, and stretch out your fingers towards the sea, and behold, the waters shall split apart'” (verse 17:12 & 15).
Another passage that speaks of hair concerns the creation of Adam and Eve. After creating them, God looked at Himself in a mirror and asked, “Am I my own son’s father? Or did my daughter bear me?” Then God said, “Behold, the man has become one with his wife, and he is her lord. Consequently, they will be called ‘her husband’ or ‘her master.’ For this reason a man must leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24-25).
When God took a closer look at Himself in a mirror, He saw that He had made two sexes. Since He already knew that He alone was perfect, He decided to separate them. However, He could have destroyed them instead. Instead, He allowed them to continue living together until they eventually died. Their bodies continued growing until they developed into mature adults.
Today, science continues to prove what the Bible teaches concerning sexuality. A recent study showed that sexual intercourse releases hormones that promote hair growth. Researchers found that men who abstain from sex suffer from thinning hair. Furthermore, researchers discovered that women who engage in premarital sex experience less hair growth than their counterparts who refrain from having sex before marriage.
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