The benefit of hindsight has severally revealed that the Supreme Father, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, is always way ahead of science in so many aspects as evidenced by concrete researches that validate information He’d given sometimes up to fifty years prior. We intend to analyze all these issues in due course but this Editorial will focus strictly on the Holy Father’s injunctions on Fasting.

Fasting is the willing abstinence or reduction from some or all fooddrink, or both, for a period of time. All Christians (and in fact several other Religions) are conversant with fasting and praying to crucify the flesh as taught us by our Lord Jesus the Christ and recorded in the Holy Bible in Galatians, Chapter 5: 24 “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts”.  This is common knowledge and not the crux of this discourse.

The recondite wisdom which the Supreme Father has added to the Fasting discourse and practice is the revelation of the most appropriate structuring of Fasting periods throughout the year for His devotees in particular and mankind in general. Contrary to the prevalent views that the Fasting regimen in BCS is only a spiritual exercise whose benefits are limited to spiritual remunerations, our ALL KNOWING GOD has imparted this Divine Fasting Structure for our physical wellbeing and healing as well, though most are ignorant of this fact.

It is on record that the Holy Father, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu has recommended Fasting as the first line of treatment for all visiting sick persons in true BCS Healing Homes irrespective of the kind of sickness. Hear the Holy Father in the Everlasting Gospel; Chapter 51; Volume 1- 25-26 “Many people refuse to observe fasting for very flimsy excuses; that they are sick with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia etc. Realise now that whatever your sickness, the moment you fast and pray, the sickness will disappear. Also, if you should go to any prayer house, or healing home and you are not asked to fast and pray, you should leave the place immediately”

The wisdom of this type of healing therapy has continually baffled several orthodox medical practitioners but a gradual understanding is beginning to permeate the profession as more researchers discover the efficacy of Fasting with empirical evidences. Researchers have shown from pain-staking investigations the effects of intermittent fasting on the human body decades after the Holy Father revealed this to world. The physical evidences as proven by science which corroborates the revelations and practices taught us by our God, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, is the essence of this Editorial.

The all Knowing Father with the exclusive and complete knowledge of the anatomy of man had handed down a Divine Configuration of Fasting regimen most appropriate for Homo Sapiens more than fifty years ago. Our Omniscient God directed all His adherents to abstain from eating before 12noon daily, to observe a 6am-6pm Fast once every Week; and to undergo a 72hrs fasting three times a year. Though there is no comprehensive research yet on the full regimen of the Holy Father’s Fasting Configuration, pockets of researches are being carried out on different aspects of Fasting with results and conclusions that substantiate the Holy Father’s teachings. But the most interesting and intriguing of all the research results is discovery of what happens after at the 72nd hour of Fasting and we shall soon come to that.

We are all witnesses to the fact that our  Holy Father, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu has persistently instructed us that if we stick to the Fasting schedules He has revealed to us as elucidated above,  we will not only be extremely healthy but will live much longer. Now, a new study from Harvard University researchers in year 2017 has now shown how fasting can increase lifespan, slow aging and improve health by altering the activity of mitochondrial networks inside our cells. The research showed how the changing shapes of mitochondrial networks can affect longevity and lifespan, but more importantly the study illustrates how Fasting manipulates those mitochondrial networks to keep them in a “youthful” state.

Another related research on aging states that Fasting has been shown to improve biomarkers of disease, reduce oxidative stress and preserve learning and memory functioning, according to Mark Mattson, senior investigator for the National Institute on Aging, part of the US National Institutes of Health.

The second and most crucial reason for this Editorial focus is the recent discovery by Scientists that “Fasting for 72 Hours Can Regenerate the Entire Immune System”. Most people and even members of the BCS have often questioned the ‘science’ of placing sick people on ‘strenuous’ Fasting at healing homes while some others merely tolerate it as a ‘spiritual’ thing.  But since God is the ultimate embodiment of SCIENCE, researchers can only continue to discover and validate HIS teachings bit by bit.

Scientist from the University of California led by Professor Valter Longo, a Professor of both gerontology and biological sciences now have empirical evidence which shows that fasting for just three days (72hrs) can not only boost your immune system, but regenerate it entirely, helping to ensure a long and healthy life. The Professor explained that “Fasting for 72hrs gives the OK for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system. And the good news is that the body gets rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting. Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or aging, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system’.

The complete import of the 72hr fasting we undergo three times a year in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star as taught us by the Father is not fully comprehended by most of us.  But more than 50years after the Holy Father’s revelation of this fact to mankind, science is showing empirical proof of the effect of 72hr Fasting (not 68hrs nor 24hrs but exactly 72hrs) on the human body, amazingly.

The Holy Father prescribes the 72hr fast thrice a year and we are in no doubt that sometime in the future, Scientists will confirm that the body needs a reboot thrice a year. Other schools of thoughts have equally confirmed that fasting for 12hrs at least once a Week is akin to pouring hot water down your kitchen drain to clean out the sludge. Your body basically takes a break from all the ‘incomings’ to actually clearing the ‘backlog’ so to speak.

As we now know, we are as healthy as our immune system. If the immune system is operating optimally, the body can heal itself from any form of disease including Cancer. In fact another research also shows that even if you are undergoing Chemotherapy for an advanced staged Cancer, combining Fasting and chemo therapy dramatically boosts recovery. Research from the same University of California confirmed that “Fasting appears to protect normal cells from chemotherapy’s toxic effects by rerouting energy from growing and reproducing to internal maintenance. But cancer cells do not undergo this switch to self-repair and so continue to be susceptible to drug-induced damage—making for what the researchers call a differential stress resistance. Fasting, then, the authors wrote, should enhance the power of chemotherapies without having to resort to “the more typical strategy of increasing the toxicity of drugs.”

Invariably, we can conjecture from the conclusions of the research that 72hrs Fasting fundamentally reboots your system enhancing the natural healing capacity of the body.  Since fasting can activate Stem Cells, it therefore means in essence that every sickness starting from the obvious one like obesity to diabetes, arteriosclerosis, psychiatric issues, cancers, asthma, neurological issues, arthritis etc. can be cured by the right application of Fasting as revealed to the world decades ago by our Omniscient God, Leader Olumba Ollumba Obu.

Admittedly, the knowledge of the efficacy and benefits of fasting has been around for ages and is practiced by several Religions but it is the Supreme Father, the Eternal Rock of all ages that has revealed to man the exact number of hours necessary for the entire immune system to reboot and heal itself as now proven empirically. Such precise information can only come from the progenitor of life, the Creator, who is conversant with all the activities of every cell, vein, artery, organ, hormone, neuron and muscle in the body and how they interrelate.

It’s high time we in the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star and indeed the entire world realise that all the admonishment, advise, directives in all aspects including our lifestyles is not only of spiritual significance that guarantees us entry into Heaven but an authentic and original guide to physically live a better, healthier and longer life.

In full comprehension of who is in our midst, we are of the opinion that any aspect of the Holy Father’s pronouncement not scientifically proven yet will be in time, for God is not antithetical to Science but man is still at the Kindergarten stage in terms of his understanding of the Science of God.

Brotherhood must rejoice and give thanks ceaselessly for the Supreme Spirit of the Universe, the Omniscient God of the world, dwells with us and is daily tutoring us to the accurate knowledge of the universal Truth.

“Admittedly, the knowledge of the efficacy and benefits of fasting has been around for ages and is practiced by several Religions but it is the Supreme Father, the Eternal Rock of all ages that has revealed to man the exact number of hours necessary for the entire immune system to reboot and heal itself as now proven empirically” Besides longevity, the most important information that has necessitated this Editorial

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