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This is a spiritual sacrifice,
where believers or Christians refrains from food for a number of hours during the
day. This was given to men by God as an act of devotion to him.
During this time one also engages in prayer. The Jews, on orders
of God, fasted as much as three full days and nights in a row. But
mostly from sunset to sunset they fasted.
One does fasting,
refraining from food and fruit juices, soft drinks, coffee, tea etc., drinking
In the west with the sun rising as early as 4am and going down as late
as 11pm, I regard it sufficient to vast from 6am to 6pm. This is twelve hours
on water. There are many churches who take the soft line on the matter
claiming that small quantities of food may be eaten during fasting. This
is false, and not fasting! No food, sweets, juices or soft drinks, but only water
is to be consumed during fasting. To ease the pains in your
stomach, one hour before you start your 12 hour fasting, eat a meal
and drink until you are satisfied. I can here assure you that
this is sufficient to God - fasting for twelve hours and prayers, for in israel the fasting period was also about twelve hours.
Start with prayer, continue with prayers, if you can, during the day and
end with prayer.
do not force your children to fast; you shall only torment the little creatures
and provoke God's wrath upon you. They are only children now, and
one day they shall choose to fast through their own will, it's just like
with the baptism. Just give them the good example and teach them, making
them read the Gospel: and in this latter you may 'kindly' impose your
authority upon them, because you love them. This is never to be done with
the 'iron hand' or force.
Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against It
Through the ages Catholics
and other Nicolatians tried to defy the above quotation by Jesus, oppressing
and murdering many, deceiving and misleading many more, but they have not
and shall not prevail against 'His Church'.