Head Coverings in 1 Corinthians 11:1ff. — 2 Comments

  1. So, some of the Bible is only relevant to certain time periods? Besides His Covenants, God is unchanging. How can 1 Cor 11 be from the mouth of God if, in our culture and time period, it’s irrelevant?

    • Your use of the word “relevant” is not appropriate. ALL the Bible is “relevant” for SOMETHING, in all time periods. But not every command or instruction contained everywhere in the Bible is intended to be obeyed by all people in all times, even though it all does indeed “come from the mouth of God” (2 Tim. 3:16). For example, the instructions about animal sacrifices in the Law of Moses are “from the mouth of God,” but they are not intended to be put into practice in our era. They are still relevant for our learning, though. In the New Testament writings, instructions about miraculous spiritual gifts do not apply today, since that type of gift ceased when the New Testament writings were completed (1 Cor. 13:8-13). But the teaching about them is still relevant for our learning. Also, today most Christians understand that certain social conventions mentioned in the New Testament were to be obeyed in that culture where these practices were the normal way to live by certain moral rules, but would not be required where such practices are not a part of the culture. The main examples of this are the head coverings and footwashing, both of which were practiced in New Testament times with certain specific meanings. They would not have these same meanings today. This teaching is still relevant, though, because it shows us that we should be alert to what the social conventions of today mean, and should follow or avoid them insofar as they reflect Biblical morality (or immorality).

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