Healthy diet but definitely not a fast
I'm having a hard time of understanding why Daniel ch. 1 is used as a basis for a fast. Daniel did not abstain from food. He ate vegatables and fruit. (pulse) Don't get me wrong I'm a believer in fasting because the Bible is very clear about it. I guess my missionary friend fast everyday because beans and banana's are basically the main food group in the remote regions of Nicaragua. No doubt this would be a great healthy diet but definately not a fast. Any insights would be appreciated. Great site!! Billy
Good question Billy. I asked the same question many years ago when I began fasting with a three day apple fast.
Webster's Dictionary says the following about "fasting":
Main Entry: fast
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fæstan
Date: before 12th century
1 : to abstain from food
2 : to eat sparingly or abstain from some foods
So in the sense of the Daniel Fast Diet we are abstaining from some foods. I like to use the term "Daniel's Fast Diet" at our website.
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