I admire this man's faith.
"Thou shalt not tempt the Lord, thy God".
Mountanman,How is this tempting God any more than someone who
doesn't drink water for 24 hours straight is tempting God?
@Chris BBecause abstaining from water for 24 hours isn't likely
to be harmful. Snake venom coursing through your veins likely is.When deciding what is "tempting God" and what isn't, you have to
consider the risk.
Chris. With all due respect, Jesus fasted for 40 days as an act of obedience and
spiritual cleansing. When Satan tempted Jesus to PROVE He was the Christ by
jumping off the spire of the temple (kind of like playing with venomous shakes
to prove a person's faith), Jesus answered with the words, "Thou shalt
not tempt the Lord thy God."
If I'm not mistaken, I think I read where the scriptural passage in Matthew
16:17-18 wasn't in the early manuscripts of the Bible, but were added
later. Perhaps that's why these pastors die from snakebites.
Robin,Every scientific information I can find suggests drinking
around 8 glasses of water every day.You could argue that snake venom
is more dangerous than not drinking 8 glasses of water a day, and I would agree.
But the issue we're debating isn't which is more dangerous.
Mountainman is the one who is suggesting that doing something that we know
isn't recommended from a health standpoint is tempting God. Both letting a
snake bite you and not drinking water for 24 hours would fall into the "not
recommended by health care professionals" category." Mountainman - How does saying that Jesus fasted for 40 days PROVE anything?
If you're suggesting that because Jesus fasted for 40 days that somehow
invalidates any current recommendations from health care professional on food
and water, my response is "Ok(said very sarcastically)"
Fanatic believe that shuts down common sense reason is just plain stupid.
People need to learn to think for themselves and retire unreasonable believes
and fanatic teachings by want to be prophets.
Fasting for 24 hours in the Mormon church is only done when it's NOT
considered harmful to you. If you are sick, weak or otherwise not able to fast
24 hours safely, the LDS church recommends that you do NOT do it. That's
the difference. When I was a young kid my parents didn't want me to fast
either. It's the opposite attitude of snake handling.
@freedom,And yet why would every bit of data on water consumption
from health care professionals say we should drink about 8 glasses of water a
day unless failure to do so was harmful. If we aren't doing what is right
for our bodies, by definition its "harmful"Now, I'm not
suggesting its the same level of harm, but in all likelihood if you had fasted
as a young kid you would NOT have been permanently harmed either, and yet your
parents told you not to do so.I just think its hypocritical for
believers of a faith that do many things in the name of God(including not
drinking water for 24 hours even though that flies in the face of modern
science) are criticizing a guy for doing something that doesn't seem very
smart, in the name of God.Is this the attitude Jesus would want you
people to have?
Bill ShakespeareWhy do you admire his faith? He is dead due to it,
so don't you think his faith cost him his life? I doubt it was worth it.
When your faith in god trumps your common sense then you are in real danger.
This is the same as leaping from a 100 story building and saying that if god
wants you alive then he will save you. You wouldn't survive a building jump
because god wanted you to. So this guy refused treatment so then it was
god's will that he die? Unlikely.
To each his own. RIP
My first thought was, this guy had to know that one day this would not work and
he could die. But then I do not eat healthy, my numbers are fine, but I am
overweight and I know that one day this will not work and I could die. But then
I could go on for a long time. Many people take risks, driving a car, smoking,
booze, excess eating, under eating, going to a mall, going to a store. Life has
dangers and we should avoid them, but we should not hide in our home for fear of
life ending. I am sure he had 99.9999% success with the snakes, can't give
him 100% anymore. I have had at this point 100% success in not being killed in a
car accident or a plane or a mall or store, I don't do malls anymore, but I
will drive, fly and shop again. Got to run to the store in my car.
Don't you hate it when that happens?
Chris B"How does saying that Jesus fasted for 40 days PROVE
anything?"Mayhaps Jesus fasted like the Muslims during
Ramadan... from sun-up to sun-down. I doubt a person could fast forty days
without dying halfway through.
The Bible in Matthew chapter 4 verse 2,says Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40
nights. If you believe the Bible is the Word of God, then you believe Matthew.
One thing many are leaving out is that Jesus wasn't entirely Mortal - since
his mother was of this Planet and his Father was God the Father. So what would
work for Jesus Christ, won't work for you and I since we are entirely
mortal and subject to death. Jesus Christ had the power to lay down his life
and to take it back up again. We don't have that power, therefore, we
cannot fast for 40 days and 40 nights as Christ did and expect to live. I also
believe that in some instances faithful believers can handle venomous snakes and
live, however, we shouldn't tempt God by intentionally handling them.
Neanderthal, while you are correct regarding the rest of the population, Jesus
was no ordinary "person." Nevertheless, even He did not just skate
through it. It was an extraordinary ordeal for Him. It would have killed you or
me. But we are not a god. At the time, He was all but.
Sure, rejecting water for 24 hours is just so comparable to handling snakes. Is
it even possible to have a rational debate with someone who thinks these two
choices are in the same ballpark? I'll bet not one in 10 people drink 8
glasses of water every day, so I guess we're all at the same risk of death
as the snake handler.I think its insanely absurd for non-believers
to make any comparison of an occasional simple fast, which does no short-term or
long term harm whatsoever, and which has been proven to be of medical benefit,
to venomous snake handling. And to call it hypocritical only exposes the
ridiculous lengths some people will go to disparage those with whom they
I'm fasting for 12 hours today for a blood test tomorrow. Am I 1/2
We need God's help plenty enough without intentionally putting ourselves in
harms way. The advice from Joseph Smith is how I have tried to live my life."Martin Harris having boasted to the brethren that he could handle
snakes with perfect safety, while fooling with a black snake with his bare feet,
he received a bite on his left foot. The fact was communicated to me, and I took
occasion to reprove him, and exhort the brethren never to trifle with the
promises of God. I told them it was presumption for any one to provoke a serpent
to bite him, but if a man of God was accidentally bitten by a poisonous serpent,
he might have faith, or his brethren might have faith for him, so that the Lord
would hear his prayer and he might be healed; but when a man designedly provokes
a serpent to bite him, the principle is the same as when a man drinks deadly
poison knowing it to be such. In that case no man has any claim on the promises
of God to be healed." (June 16, 1834.) D.H.C. 2:95-96.
I too have done dangerous things in the name of religion. Why just last night I
had to tell the Relief Society that the gym was reserved for Deacon's
basketball. Talk about dangerous!
@wjutjck:"... therefore, we cannot fast for 40 days and 40 nights as
Christ did and expect to live."If Jesus can fast for 40 days and
nights without dying, He could do it for 140 days and nights as well... In
fact, He could live and never take a bite of food, ever. No mortal or even
semi-mortal can live for 40 days and nights without food and water. Sorry.
The preacher must not have been faithful. Right?
I expect Coots... knew what it was before he picked it up~
The Economist,"If I'm not mistaken, I think I read where
the scriptural passage in Matthew 16:17-18 wasn't in the early manuscripts
of the Bible, but were added later...."______________________________The cited passage is from Mark but
you're right that it was probably not part of the original text. Later
scribes played a key role in development of the Gospels which show the
influences of cultures in early Christianity's non-Jewish convert
communities. Snake charming in Biblical times dates back into ancient Egypt and
was practiced by magicians of the gods. The Old Testament treats it as a
practice of idolatrous worship.
Chris B,Actually, there is "medical research" that fasting
is good for the body (which includes not drinking water). Also, fasting is not
an everyday occurrence because of course you would die without consuming water.
You have to remember, those guidelines of drinking 8 glasses of water are
"guidelines" and not everybody needs 8 glasses of water a day. We can
get most of our water intake from foods like fruit and vegies. I've eaten
strictly vegan before and I never had to drink water. The best indicator is the
color of your urine.Next time, before you lecture us on how much
water we should drink a day please do your homework.
@ Bifftacular Thank you for the laughter.@ Mountanman A
miracle came out of all this. For the first time I am in agreement with you.
Area 52,Please point me to specific medical research that says not
drinking water for 24 hours straight on a regular basis every so often is good
for health. You said it, now back it up. You will also
note I never said every person has to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I said
that is the general recommendation from all medical information I can find.Next time you want to lecture me on my comments, read(and understand) my
comments. I'll look forward to your evidence on not drinking
water for 24 hours straight being recommended.
Chris B,Actually, the 8 glasses a day thing is widely reputed to be
false. Slate has a few articles on this. Snopes as well.As to
fasting - a quick search comes up with several options (though not specific to
water fasting). Scientific American had an article in 2012 that might help.
Note that these are health not dieting benefits (just to be clear).
Chris B.,Keep in mind this is about what "Fasting" is and
not. I’m not suggesting that a person should go without water for 24 hours
after they ran a marathon, as an example. Fasting should be a planned event not
some random thing. Below are a few medical studies or research about the
benefits of fasting which does include abstaining from drinking water or liquids
as well. Mayo Clinic- Healthy Heart for Life!; Routine periodic
fasting is good for your health, and your heart, study suggests."
ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 May 2011; Fasting and Eating for Health: Dr. Joel
Fuhrman; Muliar LA, Mishchenko VP, Loban GA, Goncharenko LL, Bobyrev VN. Effect
of complete fasting on the coagulative and antioxidative properties of blood.
Voprosy Pitaniya 1984;4:20–23.I just think it’s
hypocritical for non-believers that do only things on the evidence of science
only. Fasting has been around for thousands of years and not just Christians
fast. Muslims, Jews, and other eastern religions have practiced fasting before
modern science says it’s a good practice. Science will always change but
God does not. I just think you like to argue for the sake of
arguing against anything with Utah religions.
Area,"God doesn't change"? You mean, except when he
does? Prohibitions on pork? Wine usage? Polygamy? Not sure what point
you're trying to make by saying God doesn't change, but showing that
people in Biblical times fasted hardly proves anything. It certainly
doesn't prove whether fasting is healthy or not. More to follow...
Chris B.,You got to be kidding yourself... there are so many medical
articles/studies/journals on the benefits of fasting. Let's change this
around a little, why don't you prove to me that fasting is not healthy or
there is no benefit from it. Have you ever fasted? I certainly have, and it
definitely works both spiritually and physically, Can't wait to read what
AreaYour study from the Mayo clinic says that the reason fasting may
be linked to better health is that people who fast on occasion tend to make
better eating choices when they are not fasting. It also mentions something
about regulating blood sugar levels, but that relates to food, not abstaining
from water.You still have yet to prove that not drinking water for
24 hours regularly has any health benefits.Want to try again?As for your spiritual benefits - this guy probably felt the same.
Area 52There are also studies that prove that drinking a moderate
amount of alcohol can have health benefits... But I doubt you will follow those
studies because alcohol is against the word of wisdom and god knows better then
the studies, right?
Chris B,Christianity flies in the face of science.
Chris B,Could you please prove that Jesus came down from the heaven
to save man from sin?While you're at it, I want to know that
when the pope speaks Ex Cathedra that it REALLY is from God.I just
don't know, some people vote for the pope (most), others vote for ellen G
White, others for joseph Smith... Please prove to me who is right. perhaps we can start with cletus clement and Linus... idk, then prove to me
CBX,Reference science. Your concept would not fly with some of the
fathers of science - including Newton.
My 2 cents.....32 years ago in a Health class at Weber State
university I answered a test question about how much water we should drink on a
daily basis. Not sure what I answered, but the correct answer was "slightly
beyond excess". Our memories are weird......
I think the point for me is that we would be wise to not tempt God. That's
it in a nutshell. However, regarding Christianity "flying in
the face of science", please remember that science hasn't always been
right on. Scientists two-three hundred years ago who contributed a lot of truth
were also making lots of mistakes (i.e. blood-letting, the make-up of the atom),
and the process continues today.Reconciling science and faith can be
one of the most crucial and interesting endeavors of life. But don't
attribute to science infallibility over faith. There is so much we still
DON'T know scientifically about the human body, the ocean, the universe,
etc. We're making strides, but the more we see, the more we see we have
still yet to learn.I believe faith makes us wake up in the morning
and moves us along during the day. It has a lot to do with our feelings when we
see a newborn baby. Sure, science has something to say about those things too,
but so does faith. I believe we'll someday come to understand and
reconcile the benefits of both faith and science.