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Scientific, Political, and Practical Reasons for Fasting

Fasting during the time of Moses, Jesus, and of the Apostles was a habit. There was no need to emphasize or make a rule out of it because it was a way of life. They fasted for God’s answer, blessing, or forgiveness. Even Jesus fasted.

What it’s not

Today, fasting has greatly been misunderstood. Fasting is not opting out on pork and replace it with delicious prawns during the Lenten season. It’s avoiding not just meat, but denying you with anything that tastes good (Daniel 10:3), in order to overcome the hunger pangs of flesh and strengthen the spirit. Fasting should be accompanied by lengthy prayers and reading of God’s word. Without intentional prayers, fasting is simply dieting.

Without intentional prayers, fasting is simply dieting.

Health benefits

Great men of history understood the power of fasting. Scientists are discovering its benefits and some have used this method to help treat cancer, Alzheimer’s, detoxify, and for other illness. Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system. (Valter Longo, Ph.D., USC News)

Using Ramadan as an example, researchers discovered that the practice induces a marked increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and a decrease in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. (Pubmed)

Fasting is an age-old sacred tradition

Plato: Plato, a philosopher, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, practiced fasting. He said, “I fast for greater physical mental efficiency.”

Yom Kippur: Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, it is when they are closest to God and to the essence of our souls. Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement,” a day of fasting.

Mahatma Gandhi: Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of India, fasted frequently to make a political point. His longest fast lasted 21 days. Fasting was a weapon used by Gandhi as part of his philosophy of Ahimsa (non-violence).

Ramadan: During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims are obligated to fast, every day from dawn to sunset. Fasting requires the abstinence from food, drink and sexual activity.

Jesus’ forty days of fasting: In the Bible, Jesus fasted for 40 days. During those forty days, when Jesus’ flesh was at its weakest, He endured relentless temptation from Satan. He demonstrated for us that fasting can strengthen us spiritually when we use it to draw closer to God.

The Master Cleanse
Master Cleanse* is a 75 years old recipe that non-religious people practice for better health and mental acuity. A person who wants to feel good, among other health concerns, should fast for seven days and take only this concoction: 1 part Water, 1 part Lemon, dash of Cayenne, and real Maple syrup to sweeten.

What happens if you do the master cleanse?
The first day is always difficult. On the third day, all junk that sits on your intestines gets flushed. Day four & five may become more difficult as the hunger pangs try to inch its way out. The struggle is mental and should you survive it, after six days, it’s a breeze and you will begin to feel really good. (TED X Beacon)
If you do the master cleanse and declare it as “Biblical fasting,” with the right heart, humility, and prayer, there will be a physical and spiritual transcendence to it.

* Fasting is a willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. Breaking your fast should be slow. It’s not recommended for children. Consult your Physician if you have symptoms or concerns.

Raven is a writer at J15. He is a graduate of Asian Studies and an undergraduate from the Asian Bible Seminary and Trinity College of Music. He has been a Christian for almost thirty years and is happily married with three lovable teenagers.



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