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Zimbabwean Man Dies After Attempting to Emulate Jesus by Fasting for 40 Days & 40 Nights

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A 73-year-old Christian man in  Zimbabwe has died after attempting to emulatate Jesus Christ by fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. According to reports, he died on the 30th day of his fast.

The deceased, Khulu Reinfirst Manyuka left his home on June 15 and went into a bush to conduct his fasting and prayer exercise, Nehanda Radio reports.

Speaking on his death, one of Manyuka’s relatives described him as “a very spiritual person whose faith could move mountains,” and he was well known and loved by the community.

Reports state that he went into the wilderness to fast in an effort to emulate Jesus Christ.

“He was a very spiritual man. It’s unfortunate he had to die this way,” said the relative.

Another family member said “He was a healthy and religious old man who did not even look his age.”

The report further states:

The exact day of his death remains a mystery to both his family and friends as he was alone in the wilderness. His body was found by a stranger who then alerted the police.

The police said Manyuka is not the first to die from fasting — numerous other cases have been reported.

“We have received such reports before, but we cannot stop the public from fasting,” police spokesperson said.

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53 Comments

  1. bruno fierce

    August 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    LOL. good for u.

    that’s what u get when u try to emulate a fictional character.

    • Layo

      August 12, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      BN why will you post such nonsense? Comments you should screen, you won’t. Comments you shouldn’t screen, you will. Smh, seriously getting dead sick of BN.
      Bruno, I’d tell you you’re psychotic but I’m sure you’ve already heard that too many times you’ve lost count.

    • waleP

      August 12, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      May God have mercy on you for even thinking that Jesus was a fictional character.You need an encounter with Him.And you will experience Him in Holy name.Amen

    • Nerve

      August 13, 2015 at 3:15 am

      Bruno may be an idiot. But, peeps at 73 the man was tempting fate. Imagine Bubu doing dry fasting. Dat na die nau.

    • Adajoe

      August 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Mr bruno, it amazes me how much you try to convince yourself that Jesus is not real. YOU KNOW DEEP DOWN INSIDE YOU THAT JESUS IS LORD. BUT PERHAPS THE DEMON IN YOU THAT HAS BRAIN WASHED YOU, WANTS YOU TO BE AN INSTRUMENT OF CONFUSION TO OTHERS.
      I pray for your soul. May God forgive you.

    • ak

      August 12, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      His faith must not have been “strong enough”

      SMH

    • jummai

      August 13, 2015 at 8:59 am

      May GOd forgive you, for you knw not what u say.

    • pesh

      August 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

      I know u will be first to comment, one day u will preach this gospel that you condemn, you can’t be worse than king Pharoah.

  2. Ms Julz

    August 12, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    May his soul rip. He died emulating his maker

  3. sweetie

    August 12, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    hes in heaven. God called him home.

  4. Unique

    August 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    This is rather unfortunate. However there is no need to work up ourself to gain God approval. Jesus was led by the HolySpirit for that 40 days fasting, so he was sustained and strenghtened because he didnt do it in the energy of the flesh and because he didnt try to do it in the energy of the flesh…..

    You can never be too spiritual to think you can tempt God.

    RIP khulu manyuka

    • bruno

      August 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      all these stories about a man who walked on water and feed thousands of people with few loaves of bread and few fish (I cant remember the exact number.i know u christains are always ready to point out my minor mistakes) , dont they sound fictional to u.

      how do u know all these things really happened? because the bible said so abi? how do u know the stories in the bible are real? because the white has said it is real, so we must all agree. smh. open ur eyes. its only ignorant people who dont like asking questions. its only fools who dont question the authenticity of a particular thing.

    • Research

      August 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Whether you want to believe in the miracles is your choice, however there is actually historical proof (more than any other popular ancient text) to prove that Jesus was a real person that existed and walked this earth. All you need to do is some simple research that would prove such. Your choice to believe in Him and His miracles is your choice, but to state that Jesus “is a fictional character” is dangerously false.

    • *curious*

      August 12, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Bruno, it can be hard to believe something that is not the norm of everyday life or in simple terms, common. What is impossible (that’s where my mind goes when you say “fiction”) to a Being that is limitless in power? If you were limitless in power, what would be impossible for you to do?
      I haven’t seen God before but I do have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Jesus and his crucifixion are not only reported by the gospels in the New Testament but is also reported in secular history by both believers and nonbelievers.
      I’m sure you know truth is not only in what the eyes can see (e.g. John 3:8 essentially talks about being able to hear the wind but not seeing it; you at times can’t even hear the wind but you do feel it).
      We should strive to trust our other senses aside from sight. I pray the Holy Spirit will win your soul and may God grant you, and myself too, faith even as small as a mustard seed. God bless you.

      p.s., I don’t think God frowns upon asking questions if you are seeking knowledge.

    • Marlvina

      August 12, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Bruno, you need mass flogging! Mshewww!

    • jummai

      August 13, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Best comment ever.

  5. Unique

    August 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Sorry for the repeated sentences

  6. nene+

    August 12, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    The truth is any attempt to physically be like Christ will be suicidal. We Christ like by pure grace.

    I hope his poor soul will find rest in Gods bosom. Jesus was not just another regular man,he was divine!
    Rest in peace Mr.Khulu Reinfirst Manyuka and may God be merciful unto your soul. Hmmmm it is well.

  7. mary

    August 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    eehhya, it’s quite a pity. no one can do it like Jesus Christ. Everything Jesus did was to glorify the name of God who sent him,it was not by His own power nor might but by the Holy spirit. RIP Manyuka, may God grant you eternal rest in His Bosom.

  8. aisha

    August 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    and only 10 days to go! chai ! he will complete it in paradise ! yinmu

  9. ChiChiChilolo

    August 12, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Hmmmn. At age 73? All could have been possible may be if he was younger. It is well with his soul. R.I.P Sir.

  10. Olu

    August 12, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    common sense ..ba chau…

    don’t let religion turn you into dummies ….God gave you sense for a reason

  11. Modey

    August 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Excited Bruno.

    Always looking for an opportunity to bash Jesus, God and all things godly.. Your reward is waiting for you after this life.

    • Layo

      August 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      I know right. He is a FOOL.

  12. jasmine

    August 12, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Hahahahahaha, good for him. 73 years old? Rubbish. Bruno, join him nau since anything about Christ makes you mad

  13. bruno

    August 12, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    its like trying to emulate harry potter. u go and sit on a broom and jump of a building thinking u will fly with the broom, u will die, cause its impossible cause its fictional. it like trying to emulate the stunts in a jet li or Jackie chan movie, u will injure ur self.

    its possible to fast for more than 40 days if u have trained ur body and not because u are guided by the “holy spirit”

    by the way, why didn’t the god who he was fasting for save him? oya u Christians will start making excuses and unnecessary explanations as usual. lol smh

    • Will

      August 12, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Dude we get it. You hate straight people, Christians, white people, Nigerians, anybody who doesn’t accept the unnecessary vivacity that ‘gays’ emulate, transsexuals, dogs, cats, the rain, the fast devaluing naira and the fact that your mother gave birth to you. There is no need to continue trolling. Get a hobby. Heck, get a boyfriend and get off the internet. I blame affordable internet access for this buffoonery.

    • jummai

      August 13, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Thank you for this.

    • Hush

      August 13, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Bruno, just thinking. Why did u come out through a woman? Who gave birth to you man or woman? Sorry I meant to say, are u a products of YY chromosomes? No wonder! Chaii! Help Alert.

  14. CassieAndra

    August 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    This is rather unfortunate. Fasting is a spiritual discipline and should never be entered into lightly. May his soul rest in peace

    convoswithcassandra.com/2015/08/12/what-you-probably-didnt-know-about-zimbabwe-2/

  15. Tunmi

    August 12, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    His death is not a mystery. That’s what 40 days of no water will do to you. I think you can go for longer without food

  16. Tai omo Yoruba nimi

    August 12, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    @ modey I’m telling you,the earlier people ignore this Bruno guy,the better it will be for us,did he even have to comment twice? Seeing that nobody even replied to his silly comment. Ode jatijati

  17. Modey

    August 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Bruno you’re not beyond redemption…When God is ready for for you ehn, you will wonder if you’d just been hit by a trailer load of cement….Ask Bro.Paul. formerly known as Saul. God still luhs you sha despite your mis-yarn!!

  18. fd62kola

    August 12, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    awwwn poor bruno. lol.

    so bcos nobody can do all d physical magic bruce lee did in his time, he’s automatically fictional. bcos u see leo messi scoring wonder goals and near-impossible feats, it means he’s a myth and a product of tv.
    bcos they said ur mum gave birth to u and its there on ur birth certificate and u can see some traits u share, u bliv?

    y dont u ask questions of all these things? y r u so naive?

    u dont hav d answers bro. no 1 does. best u stfu and live and let live

    • duh!

      August 17, 2015 at 12:53 am

      Bruce lee also didn’t claim to be a god who can fly.

  19. Mimi May

    August 12, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    BN readers, I implore you to kindly and always IGNORE Bruno’s tasteless remarks. Ignorance is darker than darkness and as such, Bruno is in darkness. If you guys continue hyping him, he’ll feel bloated n m sure he’s the one clicking like. God have mercy on u.

  20. waleP

    August 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    May this man’ s soul receive pardon from God as He honors his faith in Him. My heart goes to his family.

  21. Esther kelvin

    August 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    hmmm no one can ever do that

  22. Marlvina

    August 12, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Its unfortunate this has happened. RIP. However, people should get it straight that they must receive convictions from God first to carry out such spiritual exercises. Not everyone is Daniel who was thrown into the lions den or Shadrach who remained alive in a fiery furnace. Yes, His grace and anointing is sufficient for all, but be led in the Spirit first!

  23. gbemie.o

    August 13, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Firstly there are many christians dat fast 40 days and even more 2day, but wisdom is needed to be applied fluids and fruits are important, you are adviced to take water, pastor adeboye is 73 also and d man fasts like anything but he has over the years brought his body under to go that long period without food. sm1 who hasn’t fasted 1 day cannot wake up nd decide to do 40 days dat is foolishness and even d Bible is against it. Even most churches would advice u 2 slow down ur hectic lifestyle nd take fluids. Also they advice dat when u break start with smthing light like pap so u dont die…yes die d man dnt seek proper counsel.

  24. Iris

    August 13, 2015 at 3:30 am

    Who are the family members that allowed this to happen? I went to a Catholic secondary school and they told us they’d vastly prefer it if we did not fast because we were young and spent a lot of energy studying and doing physical activities. Your health and state of mind should be considered before you embark on fasting. And for forty days too!

  25. Rufus De' Julius

    August 13, 2015 at 8:51 am

    He died an hero for Christ…but trying to emulate Christ is suicidal!

  26. meserami

    August 13, 2015 at 10:04 am

    My sympathies goes to his family,
    The truth is what was the reason behind his fast? Christ did His to let the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD took control of what He was about to start which was the works of the Father.
    his own was clearly a showoff, a self glorification that he can emulate our LORD JESUS CHRIST.

  27. flawless

    August 13, 2015 at 10:47 am

    bruno u nid a medical attention in anoda planet cox i no suresay evin india ft handle yur own mental case….i my frend said u nid massive bully(floogin)….

  28. freemind

    August 13, 2015 at 11:42 am

    For Christ’s sake peps that chap or lady Bruno is entitled to his opinion. I don’t think he needs an audience. Why let him/her drag you to his/her level?

  29. 1stRadiant

    August 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    My people… Im even ashamed of calling you my people, How long until you wake up from believing in this fake god. It pisses me off that you dont even realised that so long as you are worshipping this “jesus” we as africans will never EVOLVE!!! Why because we keep teaching our kids the same dumb shit and it works in the favour of the white man. It works for them is it did since the days of slavery… Some verses in this bible that you worship so much even encourage slavery… But you are just going to ignore that aint you smh. Tell me do any of you ever wonder why every other race has their own gods but black people we worship this white jesus? No i guess you are going to ignore that aint you… I respect that you want to to believe in something but all im saying is your faith is misplaced.

  30. Rogue

    August 13, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    @radiant….Bros J go punish u o

    • 1stradiant

      August 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Id like to see him try, matter fact i’d to be put on top of the list of those he’s going to panish… Wait i thought God was a god of free will, then why is he going to punish me for having an opinion hmm someting wong there

  31. Rob degrey

    August 14, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Another winner of the Darwin award. Jesus is dead and gone, so is the man that thinks that his invisible sky genie would protect him from death due to self-imposed starvation. Where was jesus when he was dying? In the same dirt that that this ignorant christian wound up in? Don’t like my irreligious post? Then why don’t you just pray to jesus to make me stop?

  32. Reason

    August 14, 2015 at 5:46 am

    I don’t know why we African people are the ones who are most passionate about religions brought by people who enslaved us. We cannot form a decent and successful land because rather than have a plan and work based on logic, and science to build everybody is sitting waiting for miracles. there are thousands of religions on this planet and all of them are wrong. this world and Africa can only be great based on what African people do no because God will miraculously make it better because there is no God without people attributing events to him

  33. isaid!!

    August 14, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Has it even occurred to all those ranting that this man died happy. He died doing exactly what he wanted to do. Is there a better way to meet God than this. Living your life right and going to meet your God. Death is not the most important thing/event here. its what happens after we die that is really paramount. Rest peacefully with lord old man. Now you can meet the KING..

    • 1stradiant

      August 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      If this man is going to better place why is it that his family thinks its unfortunate that he died this way ” “He was a very spiritual man. It’s unfortunate he had to die this way,” said the relative.” Matter of fact why is it that any of you Christians cry when you hear that a relative or friend is dead? Why dont you treat it the same way as you would when you are sending someone off to uni… Be happy for them, or be proud of them… I think deep down you know that dead is dead

    • Eusebius

      August 15, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Not logical. …folk shed tears when a loved one is traveling abroad. Some children cry inconsolably on their first day of school. It’s a sense of loss on one side that does not and cannot speak to what’s happening on the other side. Open your heart.

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