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Should Christians Fast

Does the Bible command Christians to fast and if so or not, can any possible benefit be obtained in other ways?

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hello,yes for me fasting very beneficialbecuz for 1.Not goin' be clutter my mind thoughts wander concentrate on the Lord..this is a special close time If I need strength certain area of my lifegoin' bk being with my granma pentecostal church we fasted so,many days a month. 2.KJB speaks on fastingMt.6:17,18.
---ELENA on 4/28/12

1 TIMOTHY 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy: having their conscience seared with a hot iron.

1 TIMOTHY 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1 TIMOTHY 4:4 For every creature of God is Good, and nothing to be refused , if it be received with thanksgiving.
---RICHARDC on 4/21/12

the O.T. was penned by SCRIBES (part of the Pharisees)"

NO, A Pharisee is more like a lawyer/judge in today's time. They take the Word and say "if you want to obey the Law of whatever you must do this to fullfill that Law." Many times they did a good job Jesus praised them "it is the sick who need a doctor not the healthy" Today they say things like you must not use electricity on the Sabbath. So no riding elevators or going to western wall because the security cameras use electricity.
---Scott1 on 3/7/12

Jesus said WHEN you fast, He didn't say IF you fast, so I assume He thinks it's important to fast.


1) It denies your flesh food so that your spirit can be in tune with God at a much higher level than if you aren't fasting.

2) Jesus said, "This kind only comes out with prayer AND fasting." (necessary for casting out demons which I know alot of you don't believe in deliverance).

3) gives you bad breath, but that's not a benefit, just a heads up.
---anon on 2/27/12

Do not conveniently change the subject especially when you make claims about who wrote the OT and cannot support your claims. After all, it was you who started the ball rolling with your "the O.T. was penned by SCRIBES (part of the Pharisees"

This is even far more serious than the subject of "FASTING". That's because you are accusing the Holy Bible, especially in the OT that it was "written by CHILDREN OF HELL". Which what you are saying is, there's no truth in the OT whatsoever! And if the OT was written out of lies, what then becomes of the NT?

One does not go to hell because he did not fast, but one will definitely go to hell ecause of unbelief in God's Word.
---christan on 2/26/12

Christan, the time difference between Moses and the "children of hell" THAT JESUS spoke to is likely 3,000 years or more. We are discussing the tradition OF THOSE CHILDREN.

You don't even know what the word "SCRIBE" means do you? (I no longer feel like explaining that to you because you are being nasty and hostile to me...what is wrong with you?...I do not write "song and dance" stuff...GODLY PERSON!!).

This is my last post on this blog because I don't feel a need to tolerate ATTITUDE (neither do I appreciate your "implying" accusations....who is it that is "the accuser of the brethren"?).
---more_excellent_way on 2/26/12

We are talking about "FASTING" (the "tradition" that the PHARISEES taught). The 5 books of Moses were about MOSES and the ISRAEITES that ate manna (not "fasted" for worship).....building the tabernacle and hiking through a desert full of sand does not allow for fasting (and Moses was not a child of hell).

A search for truth requires staying within the context of THE TOPIC (which is...The Fasting tradition and the CHILDREN of hell)....2 different subjects.

We are not discussing the "scripture" TEXT right now, we are discussing "TRADITION" (a "PRACTICE"/tradition is not scripture TEXT)....neither are we "inferring". Let's stay on topic.
---more_excellent_way on 2/26/12

"The prophets did not sit in front of any paper/parchment and write..."

Did God bring you back in time for you to make such a declaration? Ask any Jew, who wrote the first five books and they will tell you, it was Moses. I assure you they will never say "that scribes "penned" the O.T."

Let's then go with your song and dance "the O.T. was penned by SCRIBES (part of the Pharisees)" and Christ called them "brood of vipers", are you implying then that the OT cannot be trusted since it was written by the "brood of vipers"? Yes or No?
---christan on 2/25/12

No believer today should regard "All scripture" to include everything written by CHILDREN OF HELL (COMMON SENSE?).

If your prideful 'masters of intellect' that stand at the pulpits and plead for your money didn't point that out to you, then you must think for yourSELF instead of be grateful for the opportunity to give them glory for what Jesus did.

Jesus gave salvation as a FREE gift (GRACIOUSLY asking nothing in return).

If you want lots and lots of really super-cool special gifts, The Lord will be a disappointment to you, but if you decide to be content with His "KINDNESS", you can be a "SON OF THE MOST HIGH".

Luke 6:35 "for He is kind to the ungrateful and selfish".
---more_excellent_way on 2/26/12

The prophets did not sit in front of any paper/parchment and write ("pen") any part of O.T. scripture....THEREFORE, christan, it is true that scribes "penned" the O.T.,....if you pay attention to (notice) the words used in a statement.....

....(instead of being bent on OPPOSING "TRUTH" and being 'CONTARY'), "UNDERSTANDING" TRUTH will be easier....(believers need to make this a habit).
---more_excellent_way on 2/25/12

Those that believe fasting has no benefits should read God's Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis - it is the best available when it comes to addressing the benefits one gains physically by fasting.

There is a lot of poisons in the body that can be removed thru fasting and ones sensitivity to spiritual things is enhanced.

But one problem with fasting is that the body may store fats in order to offset any fasting one may make.
---lee1538 on 2/25/12

"The N.T. was penned by APOSTLES, the O.T. was penned by SCRIBES (part of the Pharisees)." MoreExcellentWay

Correction, the OT were written by the Prophets of God and not the scribes nor Pharisees. Maybe the scriptures you have is written by them but I know the Holy Bible I am holding and reading were clearly written by God's elects.

The Holy Spirit were present in all these Prophets just as He's present in all His elects. ALL are saved by grace through Faith in God (OT) and through Jesus Christ (who's also God in the NT and post-NT).

"ALL SCRIPTURE is given by INSPIRATION of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" 2 Timothy 3:16,17
---christan on 2/25/12

One purpose of fasting is to humble the flesh.

Saying, "No," to little things like food make it easier to shout, "NO!" to big things like sin.

Jesus said there are some demons--and might I suggest sinful habits and inclinations?--that can only be driven out by prayer and fasting.

In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent starts this Monday with Pure Monday. The first thing we sing is, "Let us begin the Fast with joy!"

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/25/12

"Let no one DISQUALIFY you" (Colossians 2:18)...there SHOULD BE no self abasement (self-denial/belittlement). The creator WANTS (His WILL/desire) His children to be aware of who they themselves are ("SELF") so we each have the abilty to relate to (and be witnessed to by His Spirit) "I am who I am", (Exodus 3:14, Romans 8:15).

This means that we should not only KNOW who the real "SELF" is, but we should not be phony/fake (hypocrites), we should BE the REAL us ("self").....this is essential to be like "I am who I am".

His WILL is that is that He can be "Abba Father" instead of MASTER/COMMANDER.

"a lover of goodness, master of himself" (Titus 1:8).
---more_excellent_way on 2/25/12

As I said elsewhere, I do what fasting and self-denial I consider necessary for myself, and am willing to allow others the same privilege.

Fasting is for OUR benefit. WE need it, not God.

When properly practiced, fasting will lead to a sense of conscious dependence upon God.

When wrongly practiced, we become like the demons, who never eat at all.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/25/12

I fast sometimes, but usually it is because I am sad and I don't have an appetite.
---Eloy on 2/25/12

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Wow, Someone just spit a 2009year old Christian church tradition in the face.
Jesus did teach in How to fast, and when too fast, but never that it was moronic. so in calling fast (call it whatever you want) useless is straith against Christ's personal doctrines.
---andy3996 on 2/25/12

The reason you are looking for "BENEFIT" is that you are not letting God's grace be sufficient for you (keeping you from seeing the truth). The N.T. was penned by APOSTLES, the O.T. was penned by SCRIBES (part of the Pharisees).

Jesus called the Pharisees a "Brood of Vipers" and said that the scribes and the Pharisees were CHILDREN OF HELL.

Matthew 23:15 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees...CHILD OF HELL".

The "strong delusion" is NOT a future event. Ezekiel 14:4 "I will answer them MYSELF" (LAY OFF THEM Ezekiel, they're all mine)...the reason for the strong delusion.

Don't follow the traditions of the children of hell (don't follow any spiritual traditions).
---more_excellent_way on 2/25/12

"Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face, That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."
Matthew 6:16-18

Did Christ command Christians to fast? Judging from Scripture, obviously no. Just take note of what Christ admonished the Christians not to do when fasting.
---christan on 2/25/12

I would think calling people's practices moronic just because you don't share them demonstrates very little.
---John.usa on 2/24/12

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In general NO. There are many sound medical reasons for not doing so and there is no spiritual gain by fasting be derived by fasting either, the same thing applies to giving up thing for lent both are moronic practice.
---Blogger9211 on 2/24/12

Jesus gives instructions on what to do when you fast, so I assume He thinks it's a good thing.
---John.usa on 2/24/12

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