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Nov 26, 2014 - 05:24 PM
First of all God's proper order is given in Verse 3. The order is God, Christ, man, and then woman. That is God's order and you have to keep that in mind when looking at verses 13 through 16. In verses 13 and 14, there are two questions asked. The first question in verse 13 asks if it is proper to pray to God with her head uncovered? The answer to that is no.
In verse 14, the question is asked does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a shame unto him? The answer to that is yes. But keep in mind here that it does not say that it is a sin to have long hair. That is very important.
Your question is concerning what "contentious" means in verse 16. It says "But if anyone presumes to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God."
No other custom other than God's order that is presented to us in Verse 3. What verse 16 is saying is that if you want to be contentious about this, there is no other custom or tradition in the church because this is it. It isn't man's idea, it isn't woman's idea. It is God's order and He has a purpose for it. We have to be in God's order at all times and again, it is not the physical appearance that He cares about. It is the heart!