Fasting. What’s the Point?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker | 2/16/2018 | Dwight Longenecker
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Have I said it before? I shall say it again: “Every argument is a theological argument.”

So why do we fast? What difference does it make if I eat a huge hamburger on a Friday or not? Isn’t that just a dumb rule?

Belief - Forms - Gnosticism - Idea - World

But the key belief in all the forms of Gnosticism was the idea that the physical world and the spiritual world were separate and the spiritual world was pure and clean and good and eternal and nice whereas the physical world was dirty, painful, smelly and full of suffering.

All the techniques and teachings and rituals and ceremonies and philosophies and fantasies and myths and mysticism were all ways to somehow or other get out of this nasty, smelly, dirty physical world and ascend to the lovely spiritual realm of angels and clouds and beautiful things.

Gnosticism - Time - Form - Eastern - Religions

Gnosticism is still with us. Big time. It takes the form of Eastern religions which teach meditation techniques and exercises and whatever to help you forget this world of suffering and enter into that higher state of bliss. Thus all the folks who want to be “spiritual but not religious.”

Let’s face it. If you were going to make up a religion, this is pretty much what you would come up with.

Christianity - Head - Claim - Incarnation - Son

But Christianity stands all this on its head and makes the outrageous claim that, because of the Incarnation of the Son of God, who took human flesh of his mother Mary, the spiritual world and the physical world are NOT separate forever, but they are intermingled. The Word became Flesh.

Now the Gnostic Christians called Docetists couldn’t stomach such an outrageous idea. “You mean the holy Son of God sweated and stank and went to the toilet?...
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