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Mar 26, 2018

In Google start typing, "Why do Christians" and the first item that appears in the Auto Complete box is "Why do Christians Fast?" That means that "Why do Christians Fast?" is one of the web's most searched questions about Christians. Apparently, people want to know the truth about Christians and fasting!

So in this episode I'm doing an "Auto Complete Answer" to the question "Why Do Christians Fast?" I'm willing to bet that most of the people searching for "Why do Christians fast?" are Christians themselves. Probably because there's confusion even among Christians as to why Christians fast.

In this episode I talk about some wrong reasons for fasting and the real purpose behind why Christians fast, at least the way I see it.

You're going to find many different explanations for fasting. Part of the reason for that is that the Bible doesn't give one clear definitive reason as to why Christians should fast. Not only that, but as far as I can tell, the Bible doesn't give a clear explanation as to what the purpose of fasting is. Because of that, we are left to piece together an answer to the question "Why do Christians fast?" from the different occurrences of fasting in the Bible.

To answer the question, "Why do Christians fast?" I look at a passage in Scripture to flesh out the answer. The passage involves fasting, but fasting isn't the main point of the passage. The passage is 2 Samuel 12.

2 Samuel 12 is about an instance in King David's life when he committed a pretty terrible sin. In response to being confronted with this sin by the prophet Nathan about this sin, David decided to fast. The results of the fast are going to surprise you. But, they are going to help us understand fasting better and answer the question, "Why do Christians fast?"

Watch the YouTube version of this teaching: Why do Christians fast?


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