Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. What does the Scripture (Bible) narrate about this statement? Bald head beard styles.
God created facial hair for men to protect us from the harmful ultraviolet radiation, because we as men get more exposed to sun light than women when we work outdoors (farming, labour, construction, vehicle driving and other outdoor occupations). For instance, a study published by the Journal of Radiation Protection Dosimetry found that people with long beard and moustache (facial hair) were more protected from ultraviolet radiation than people with little or no facial hair (beard/moustache). The full research study was published by Parisi, A.V., Turnbull, D.J., Downs, N. &, Smith, D. 2012, &ldquo,Dosimetric investigation of the solar erythemal UV protection provided by beards and moustaches,&rdquo, Radiation Protection Dosimetry, vol.150, pp.278-282.
Later in Leviticus 21:4-5, we read, &ldquo,A leader does not defile himself among his people, to profane himself, they do not make any bald place on their heads, and they do not shave the corner of their beard, and they do not make a cutting in their flesh&rdquo,.
Leviticus 21:4-5 is talking about not shaving the corner of the beard when you mourn dead people. When Israel came out of Egypt and when Elohim took them into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites, these people were pagans worshiping pagan gods and used to have pagan rituals. One of these rituals was to cut their flesh (body) and shave their heads/beards when one of their people was dead. Since the children of Israel were a set-apart (holy) people, they were not supposed to follow the traditions and practices of other people in the land where they were living.
In the Torah (the first five books of law), the book of Leviticus is the only book that contains the law of beard and the law not to cut the hair at the sides of your head. It is evident from the above statements that we are not supposed to cut the beard or cut the hair at the sides, as it was meant for our own protection. Every part of the human body, including our hair, is created for a particular function. When we try to remove/destroy that hair from its original abode, then we invite all sorts of skin illnesses such as skin cancer. Hair (beard/sideburns) for men was intended/meant to do good. When God created men and women, He used beard in men to distinguish between a man and a woman. Since women don&rsquo,t have beards, we men need to have beards as this is how we were created. In today&rsquo,s generation, when we walk on the street, it is sometimes hard for us to distinguish men from women because of the lack of facial hair (beard) in men. Sometimes we need to think twice if they are actually a male or a female!
At the end of the day, it is our choice whether we want to follow the way of God or follow the way of men (traditions or practices existing in today&rsquo,s society). In today&rsquo,s generation, we see that the prevailing practice is not to have a beard and to shave our hair. In life, we always have a choice, just like the choice we had in the garden of Eden when God said &ldquo,&hellip,but do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in that day that you eat of it you shall certainly die&rdquo, (Genesis 2:17). But our choice was to disobey God and follow our way.
God does not enforce His laws on us at this point in time. That is the same choice we had in the Garden of Eden. We hope this article will lead you to the way of God and we pray that His truth and His way of life set you free. In closing, we would like to quote Psalms 133: 1-2 &ldquo,How good and pleasant it is when God&rsquo,s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron&rsquo,s beard, down on the collar of his robe&rdquo,.
You technically can&rsquo,t do anything. That is how you were created by Elohim and that is how it will be.
2. Due to some health reasons, I need to shave or cut off my beard and hair to get medical treatment. What do I do in such a situation?
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You would have to shave or cut your hair. Using the principle (spirit of Torah) of the scriptures as found in Leviticus chapter 13, you are doing this to get well. You are not doing it because it is the norm of today&rsquo,s society.
3. I have a facial injury which does not allow me to grow a beard. In such a situation, what should I do?
The answer to this question can be found in the answer to question two.
4. My work regulation does not allow me to have a moustache or beard, nor does it allow me to grow hair on the sides of my head. What do I do in such a situation? (Seen in military/police under the code of discipline.)
There are a number of professions and work situations that make it hard for people to have a full beard. For example, people working in mines, army/police professionals, certain medical professions, or a profession that requires you to be very close to rotating machinery/equipment. If one wants to work in such professions, it is a matter of choice most of the time. It is important to have a clear conscience in such matters, and one must be convinced in their own mind that they have made their decision based on the scriptures, because the principle of having a clear conscience in such situations is very important. Therefore, we need to be absolutely convinced that the decision we have made is the right one based on the circumstances that we are living in. William Penn once said, &ldquo,Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants&rdquo,. This statement is very true. Either we are ruled by God or we are ruled by men.
5. I am quite young and my hair is getting grey (white hair) on my beard. Can I dye my hair?
We don&rsquo,t see any scriptures that say you shall not dye your hair. So there are no issues with this. The primary reason for dyeing hair is to look neat (fine-looking) provided that the colour you use matches your natural hair colour.
6. The beard style that I use from time to time is goatee, van dyke or French beard. Are these beard styles still acceptable?
The scriptures tell us that you are not to mar or destroy your beard. Since all of the above styles include &ldquo,substantial amount of shaving and trimming&rdquo,, it is advisable not to have such beard styles.
7. I work in the mines and I have to wear a respirator mask all the time and my long beard is a hindrance when wearing the mask. In such a situation, what should I do?
The answer to this question can be found in the answer to question four.
8. Is there any specific length that you need to have for the beard?
No, you can grow it as much as it naturally grows.
9. My moustache is growing towards my lips and it is causing discomfort when I eat or talk. Can I trim it?
You can trim the area that is causing the problem, so that it does not create any discomfort.
10. Is it shameful for men not to have a fully grown beard?
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In Biblical times, it used to be a shameful matter not to have a fully grown beard. People who live by the Torah, which is the Word of YHWH, believe it is shameful for them not to have a beard. For instance, in 2 Samuel 10:1-5 we see that a person called Hanun shaved off King David&rsquo,s servants&rsquo, beards. We then read King David&rsquo,s answer to this, &ldquo,And they informed David, and he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed. And the sovereign said, &lsquo,Wait at Yeriho until your beards have grown, and then return&rsquo,&rdquo, (2 Samuel 10:5). As you can see from the scriptures, it was a shameful matter even for King David to see men without beards.
11. I have started growing my beard and I have found after a few months that I am getting acne on the skin under my beard.
Unfortunately, some skin types are prone to acne, especially when you have a long beard. In such situations, you can shorten or trim your beard so that you can prevent/control the acne. If the acne gets worse and is causing much discomfort, then you will have to shave your beard off for health reasons.