The Daniel Diet – Daniel

Daniel and Friends

Kooks and religious con-men have been busy making money off of gullible and Biblically ignorant people once again. This time it’s something called “The Daniel Diet” or “Daniel Fast.”

Here’s the background. The Book of Daniel contains a story about Daniel and three other Jewish men taken captive to Babylon. The plan is to add them to the king’s council of wisemen. To pass the entrance exams, the men had to be smart, good looking, and healthy.

Daniel and his friends refused the wine and rich foods offered by the Babylonians, and instead drank only water and ate vegetables. At the end of ten days, the four Jewish men appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies (Daniel 1:15). The king looked them over, asked them some questions, and found Daniel and his friends to be ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm (Daniel 1:20).

So there you have it! Drink only water and eat vegetables and you too can be a wizkid and the sky is your limit to health, wealth, and power!

Except that’s not what made the four men healthy, wise, or gifted. The salesmen of The Daniel Diet and Daniel Fast forgot to tell you one little fact … and you neglected to read the Bible for yourself.  As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams (Daniel 1:17).

The Jews refused the king’s wine and foods, not because these were unhealthy, but because they violated the Law of Moses, the heart of the men’s religion. They were devoted to obedience to their God, not to their diet. Their gifts and wisdom and advancement were not because of what they ate, but the sovereignty of God.

Water and veggies wont kill you, neither will a hefty helping of self-discipline, but they also wont solve the issues of your life. Only Jesus can do that.

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6). In Him was life, and the life was the light of men (John 1:4).


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