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Hello Shiachat! I have been away for awhile and due to recent news events, remembered Shiachat, curious about the reactions of Shiachat members to what happened in Paris. However, that's a different subject. This subject is due to a message a very kind member sent me concerning head coverings for women and modesty. I do see the value of dressing modestly. What promotes a well-functioning society however is not how people dress, but rather how they control their minds. That is why Job made this covenant: "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman. For what is our lot from God above, our heritage from the Almighty on high? Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong? Does he not see my ways and count my every step?" Job 31:1-4 (NIV) The passage in Job is what is needed for people to do, both men and women, to make a covenant with their eyes not to look lustfully at people who are NOT their spouse. [i do think it's fine for a husband and wife to look "lustfully" or better stated - with desire- at each other.] I frankly would be miffed if my husband did not look with desire at me... I exercise and strive to take care of myself to make sure he does! Jesus Christ says,“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[Exodus 20:14] But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." - Matthew 5:27-28 (NIV) He also says, "But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander." - Matthew 15:18-19 Jesus Christ is more concerned with a person's heart than with his or her outward appearance. Why? Because people can be completely covered, yet have evil in their hearts. That is why it is important for people to keep their hearts clean and their eyes and brain from lust, no matter what other people wear or do. I know many Muslims have an issue with Christian women not wearing a head covering, especially since Paul (who many Muslims don't typically admire) commanded the Christian women in Corinth to cover their heads (1 Corinthians 11). There are many views concerning this passage. My Mom and many other Christian ladies believe that the head covering is the lady's hair, due to 1 Corinthians 11:14-15: "Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering." I believe this as well, plus I believe it to be a cultural issue, since Paul addresses other specific issues to the church in Corinth. No other passage in the Tanakh (Old Testament) or New Testament o the Bible specifically commands women to wear a head covering. Now, I do admire women who cover their heads. I don't think it's bad at all. Actually, I saw a report on Vice News concerning fashion in Iran, and many of the head coverings and outer garments are beautiful!!! I would prefer wearing them, becuase they are truly lovely. However, regardless of what women (or men) wear, it is vital to keep one's heart pure from sinful thoughts. What do you think? Do you have any questions concerning Christianity and modesty, as well as self-control? Thank you in advance for your politeness and kindness. Peace and God bless you
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