Feb 17, 2008

The Daniel Diet or Fast - Vegetarian

Have you heard of the Daniel Fast or the Daniel Diet? It is a diet that is based on the following passage from the book of Daniel in the Bible. 

While it is true that it is healthy to fast the way Daniel did, I think there is a much greater lesson that shouldn't be overlooked by health-conscious people who look at the the Bible through "Nutritionist" eyes, and that is that Daniel did this to show how great God is, and out of obedience to God. Here are a few of the verses, and at the end, a link so that you can read the whole passage in context...this true story gets even better!
8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, "I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you."

11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 "Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see." 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
Updated 2/9/16

To read the whole chapter, and then some, click here.

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