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Will fasting make you a better Christian

  1. glmclendon profile image60
    glmclendonposted 5 years ago

    Will fasting make you a better Christian

  2. somethgblue profile image86
    somethgblueposted 5 years ago

    No but it will make you a hungrier human, what is with folks trying to divide and conquer?

    Can you not simple ask the question without involving your narrow minded version of reality, isn't it the same God for everyone?

  3. Sparklea profile image75
    Sparkleaposted 5 years ago

    No, fasting definitely would not make me a better Christian.  Nothing makes me a better Christian.  My sis says to me all the time, "Every day God flattens me like a pancake."  He does me too.  He keeps me humble all the time because it is impossible to do anything without God.  I have written this before:  I fall down.  I get up...I fall down, I get up. 

    It is all about dependence on Him.  I'm currently reading a book about fasting, very interesting and alot of good points.  The writer is a pastor, and each January, the people in his church fast for 21 days. But I would never go on a 21 day fast.

    I have fasted in the past.  I'm not against it.  I believe it is a personal thing between the individual and God.  I think there are advantages, such as physical cleansing.  I know of people who feel closer to God when they fast.  Also I have read it really inspires writers if they fast. 

    However, as far as being better?  Nope.  I can't be better.  I can, of my own self, do nothing. 

    Finally, I believe if a Christian does fast he/she should keep it private and not tell anyone.  I think that makes a Christian appear pious and prideful to do that.

    Thank you, glmclendon, for a great thought provoking question.  Blessings, Sparklea

  4. eaglecreek profile image60
    eaglecreekposted 5 years ago

    Jesus thought it was very important. I believe in order for the fasting to be effective one would have to understand why they were fasting. Are you doing it for yourself or for the glory of the Lord.

  5. unknown spy profile image77
    unknown spyposted 5 years ago

    For me NO. Doing good things and extending a hand to others will make me a better christian..

  6. Perspycacious profile image81
    Perspycaciousposted 5 years ago

    I fast usually for one of two reasons:  to donate what I would have spent on food for relief of those needier than I am, or to allow my prayers to be more focused and as sincere as possible when faced with what I know are important decisions or a desire to prayerfully sustain and support another person or cause.  I think fasting in those situations is a part of my need to move forward as a Christian.

  7. Dave Mathews profile image61
    Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago

    I know not whether or not it will make you a better Christian, but I do know that it will draw you closer to God. Clay must be soft and plyable for an artist to mould it into a piece of art. Metal must be malible for a smith to form it. A human must be empty of evil, for God to fill it with goodness and Godly knowledge. Even Jesus recognized the value of fasting as He went into the desert for 40 days to fast after his baptism.