John the Baptist didnt do that because of penance he lived that way because he was a Nazirite like Samson. He was actually a Nazirite from birth.
But why were there Nazirites to begin with? Luke gospel that you cite gives an answer: "to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
posted on 01/19/2011 5:23:16 AM PST
The entire Old Testament was given to prepare Israel for the Messiah .
Still has nothing to do with John the Baptist doing penance as Roman Catholics see it.
posted on 01/19/2011 8:37:36 AM PST
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