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People who try to lose weight sometimes will try almost ANYTHING to lose weight. There are a lot of fad diets out there. Out of curiosity, I went to Wikipedia and looked up “fad diets” and “list of diets” just to get a sampling (links are http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diets and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fad_diets )
Here are just a few:
Cabbage soup diet
Israeli Army diet
Morning banana diet
Paleolithic diet

I have even heard of one recently, where some women were soaking cotton balls in orange juice and swallowing it just to get that “full” feeling (the news article went on to state that this is a dangerous diet. No kidding!)

I have tried a few diets that were on the list of considered fad diets; although I did lose some weight, I did gain it back. I had to find out the hard way that the proper way to lose weight is eat sensibly, exercise, and eat in moderation. A lot of us though will try these fads looking for a guaranteed shortcut and “sure” results.

I consulted my Holman’s New Testament Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians (page 309-310) to get some background on why Paul was admonishing the Colossians about subjecting themselves to such earthly regulations. Seems he was warning them not to give into “asceticism –a religious philosophy which teaches that depriving the body of its normal desires is a means of achieving greater holiness and approval from God.” It is one thing to follow a regimen like a real diet or training program (even the Bible details the proper boundaries of fasting), but just to deny yourself thinking it makes you super-holy? Sounds about as faddish as the cotton ball diet.

When you have Jesus Christ in your life as Lord and Savior, your life is going to be spiritually transformed. There are no shortcuts to this; no fad religious cults or secrets to master. Or to paraphrase Paul, “why do you keep doing this like the world does?”

Something to think about.

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