Fading Existence

As the flower of the field he shall pass away. It’s petals wilt and the beauty of it’s appearance is destroyed. So too is the man in the midst of his pursuits. At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration at it’s beautiful face it fades away to nothing
Browsing Devotion/Scripture

debating point –> breaking point

January27

As those close to me know, I have always enjoyed good debate. Yet, I have come more and more to let myself walk away from discussion when debates become arguments.

I think the difference is important to note –

de?bate noun, verb, -bat?ed, -bat?ing.

1. a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints: a debate in the Senate on farm price supports.

ar?gu?ment ?/??rgy?m?nt/ S –noun

1. an oral disagreement; verbal opposition; contention; altercation: a violent argument.

I believe that the difference between the two is mainly the contention aspect of an argument.

I think that this is a very pressing issue within the church today. While I know that I hold some viewpoints that are very different from those around me, I am open to listen others and share reasonable points. While this may not always lead to a change of view, it allows both sides to grow. I understand that there are some viewpoints that cannot be overlooked and even Paul and Barnabas had their differences to the point of separating themselves from one another.

Yet, somewhere along the line do you think that we have begun to view discrepancies in belief as something irreconcilable? Within the church I feel that unless it is a matter of salvation it should never become a point of dissension among believers? Do I make too little of varying points?

In Design: Science of the fast

January9

Scientists and medical experts are continually confirming the Truths of God’s Word as they discover evidence revealing His design.Unfortunately, many, even Christians, believe that Scripture contains errors when it comes to matters of science. This thought process disregards the fact that our Creator was the very One who set the ‘laws of science’ in motion – that by definition science is the study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws of the physical world”* the physical world created by Him. This line of thinking also disregards the innerrancy as Scripture must be accurate in all things in order to conserve validity.Among many much more basic scientific principles is the, not so newly discovered, confirmation of His design involving the medical advantages of the Scripturally laid out fast.Although Fasting has numerous spiritual benefits, those in the medical field now encourage individuals to fast for health reasons as well. In the fasting state, the body will scour for dead cells, damaged tissues, fatty deposits, tumors, abscesses, all of which are burned for fuel or expelled as waste. Toxins stored within cells which are often stored over the years will also be eliminated; cells will be regenerated and new cells growth rate will rapidly increase. The elimination of these obstructions restores the immune system functionality and metabolic process to an optimum state. Cell regeneration can occur during a fast in much more drastic measures than during a solid diet.During extended fasts the body removes: dead, dying and diseased cells; unwanted fatty tissue, trans-fatty acids, hardened coating of mucus on the intestinal wall; toxic waste matter in the lymphatic system and bloodstream; toxins in the spleen, liver and kidney; mucus from the lungs and sinuses, imbedded toxins in the cellular fibers and deeper organ tissues; deposits in the microscopic tubes responsible for nourishing brain cells and excess cholesterol.One individual said of fasting -cannot remember source from notes- “The other very important aspect is that your self-awareness will be elevated. If you are sick and depressed, then this might be the most important thing you can try in your healing program, because it gives you immediately an energy boost and increased awareness which might allow that you see things more clearly, allowing you the first step out of your sickness and onto the path of recovery. While fasting you become more aware of your body process, your life and with everything you are doing. It becomes a period where you can evaluate all that you’re doing more objectively, and you naturally have more time for contemplation because you aren’t using time amassing, preparing, eating, eliminating and cleaning up all which is used to prepare food. You become more aware of what your body likes and doesn’t like when you start to eat again. You gain self-confidence in your ability to control your life process, to set a goal and carry out an intention.”Not only has fasting in general been found to provide health benefits, but also the ways in which Scripture exemplifies fasting gives insight into the different kinds of fasts which may be beneficial.A. J. Carlson, Professor of Physiology, University of Chicago, states that – Although protein is being used by the body during the fast, a person fasting even 40 days on water will not suffer a deficiency of protein, vitamins, minerals or fatty acids. In the breakdown of unhealthy cells, all essential substances are used and conserved in a most extraordinary manner. There is an unwarranted fear of fasting that strength diminishes from the catabolism of proteins from muscle fibers. Even during long fasts, the number of muscle fibers remains the same. Although the healthy cells may be reduced in size and strength for a time, they remain perfectly sound. Furthermore, a healthy, well-nourished man can live from 50 to 75 days without food, provided he is not exposed to harsh elements or emotional stress. Human fat is valued at 3,500 calories per pound. Each extra pound of fat will supply enough calories for one day of hard physical labor. Ten pounds of fat are equal to 35,000 calories! Most of us have sufficient reserves, capable of sustaining us for many weeks.Below I’m listing several different types of fasts and some general health information I have put together about the differences. Pastor Gus did a study about the different fasts in Scripture so below I am only listing the general categories and how they affect the body medically.Types of FastsThe best is efficient fast is one that slowly eases your body into the fast – starting with raw fruits and vegetables and broths, then moves to only juices, then a few days of water, and a day of an absolute fast, then slowly works its way back up through the types. MAKE SURE YOU COME OFF SLOWLY. Don’t pig and eat a lot of sugar and red meat your first meal off. Absolute Fast(Total)- meaning no food(solid or liquid) and no waterNot recommended for longer than three days unless called and provided for supernaturallyThis creates a rapid body detoxification and can shock your system if your body has not detoxed recently or if your body is unprepared.Digestive system’s work is drastically reduced allowing the immune system to operate with greater healing efficiency.Water FastWater onlyBody breaks down fat at the maximum rate (catabolism). – releasing toxins at a potentially shocking rate — though not as rapid as an absolute fast, because water fasting detoxes a great deal quickly, it is not advised to go to a long water fast without either some prior detox or the ability to rest as toxins may weaken your system.Less effective than juice fasting for long-term and intensified healing but periodic water fasting can increase healing by boosting immunity and energy the body places on regeneration.Avoid tap water and mineral water- because inorganic minerals cannot be absorbed into the cells of the body — Distilled is the best because of its ability to absorb large quantities of toxins. Distilled is the best, and filtered or spring water is second (Brita works for this)Juice Fastthis uses fresh raw juice not blended as the pulp use the same digestive energies as when you eat whole fruits and vegetables. Store bought juices can have sugars and preservatives that can slow the cleansing process and do not contain the nutrients and energy in ‘live juices’.Juices are good up to 24 hours after juicing — average intake 32-64 ounces a day plus 6 glasses of water a day.This is the choice for detoxification and healing because it supplies an abundance of nutrients including enzymes and calories to reduce cleansing intensity to a more comfortable level.Basic DanielScripture states that “I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth” so this fast has many different interpretations, however, for many the Daniel fast has come to include:

All fruits, All vegetables, All whole grains, All nuts and seeds, All legumes, All quality oils, Water, and Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

while avoiding such foods as:

All meat and animal products, All dairy products,All sweeteners, All leavened bread, All refined and processed food products, All deep fried foods, All solid fats, Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Final Word — During the course of the fast, remember your intentions for your fast. Do not lust after food or see the fast as punishment for your body. It is important to remember God’s plan for your body during a fast and the healing and cleansing that takes place. This will allow you to deal with the temptation that comes with a fast. You should mentally look forward to a fast and all that God will in your life through the fast. The more you focus on the foods you cannot eat the harder the battle will be. Instead focus on God’s incredible plan for fasting and how the process is rejuvenating your body. This will allow you the mentality not to ‘overcome the fast’ but to embrace the process – I say this not in a new agey way, but rather in a – yes your mindset really does affect your body and its reactions to this process. God desires a willing attitude, not one of grumbling resentment, and this attitude will ease the strain of the fast no matter how long.

 So this is my little did you know for the day :-). Hope that this is beneficial for anyone who had been trying to learn a little more about fasting. I know I went a little long… this is after I left out a lot of my notes, but the topic really interested me.*science. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved January 08, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/science