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This is the fourth piece in a series on fasting. Read part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 here.
The belief that fasting is, or even should be, bad for our bodies is hard to shake off. It has two sources, one from history, the other from science. Both are mistaken.
Let - Deal - Source
Let’s deal with the historical source here.
We all have a mental picture — fed by Hollywood — of an ashen-faced medieval monk, lashing himself to bits and starving himself to death in order to subdue his sinful flesh. That picture is neither pretty, nor fair. Anti-Christian writers such as Dan Brown pawn off this myth to distort the spiritual disciplines of Christian history.
Monk - Death - Practices - View - Life
I’m not saying no such monk ever lived and died an early death. I’m saying that such extreme practices contradict the balanced, Christian view of the spiritual life.
We are, each of us, unities of matter and spirit, body and soul. We are made from the dust of the earth and the breath of God. We’re neither mere matter nor ghosts trapped in bodies. We’re bodily persons. We are created good, but fallen — body and soul.
God - Angel - Ghost - Man - Body
God came to earth, not as an angel or a ghost, but as a man. He became incarnate. He became flesh. In His body, He died for our sins. He rose — bodily — from the dead. He ate breakfast with His disciples. Forty days later, he ascended, body and all, into heaven.
That’s why we look forward not just to a vaporous existence as souls in heaven, but as people with new bodies, in a new heaven and a new earth.
Practices - Truths
Good spiritual practices should bolster these truths, not deny them.
God sometimes calls us to suffer severe pain, even to sacrifice our bodies for a greater good....
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