Christians use the promises of Jesus as guides for their lives
The Truth Is …
All the promises that Jesus made were to his fellow Jews and none of them were fulfilled.
None of the promises were intended for today’s Christians. In fact Jesus admonishes his about-to-depart disciples…
Go not to the land of the gentiles nor the way of the samaritans but go to the children of Isreal
But is of little import that these promises are not directed to Christians because none of them have been fulfilled anyway.
Jesus says he will come in the lifetime of his listeners
In Mark 13:24-30 Jesus recites a litany of tribulations that will befall those who do not believe summing up with this description of what it will be like:
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
Among other things that did not happen, the sun was not darkened and the stars of heaven did not fall within the generation of those who heard Jesus make this promise. More than once, Jesus tells those who are listening to him that the end is within their lifetime!
Mark 9:1 (Matthew 16:28; Luke 9:27)
“And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
Jesus emphasizes the point by saying “Truly, I say to you”. Well…. he was wrong! Jesus lied to his followers.
Jesus says you will never want for food or clothing
In Matthew 6:25-34. Jesus says:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
So according to this, no faithful Christian should ever be hungry, thirsty or without clothing because “all these things will be given to you”. NOT TRUE – FAILED PROMISE
Jesus says that your prayers will be answered
The most testable promise of Jesus comes in Mark 16:17-18:
And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.
… they will lay their hands on the sick and they will recover” NOT TRUE – FAILED PROMISE.
How many desperate, frightened, broken-hearted parents have watched their children die while begging God to help? Not a one if Jesus had been telling the truth.
A more general statement about the power of prayer is found in Luke 10:19
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19
“… nothing shall by any means hurt you.” So no Christian has ever been hurt by any means? NOT TRUE – FAILED PROMISE.
Even more grandiose is this promise found in Matthew 21:21
I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, … If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
… you will receive WHATEVER you ask for in prayer. NOT TRUE – FAILED PROMISE.
There are 14 places in the bible where Jesus categorically states that if you have faith, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. To see all of these promises, see “Prayers Are Not Answered“
Nothing Jesus promised was ever delivered
t None of the things Jesus said would happen in the lifetime of those listening to him happened. DIDN’T HAPPEN – FAILED PROMISE.
I admire your pursuit for the truth
in trying to correct the truth
You will find the truth correcting you.
Nietzsche explained that Christianity originated among slaves, a people that had to deal with their powerlessness and their reduced social status in innovative waves. Christian slaves were in no position to seek justice so they had to deal with abuse in terms of “forgiveness”; they had no possibility of winning Roman citizenship and the rewards of Roman equality, so they had to believe they would be rewarded for their loyalty in their afterlife. Achieving the impossible simply became a matter of faith–a result of the cruel powerlessness that they faced everyday. The Roman Higher Classes saw how convenient this was so they forced Christianity upon the rest of the Roman Empire in the late 300s C.E. (mostly the work of Emperors Theodosius, Gratian, and Valentinian), which mostly consisted of slaves at that time.
Jesus wanted what so many other people wanted in his time, something that people in our modern age continue to want: eternal life. Jesus wanted the impossible and he failed. Now Jesus is eternally dead.
Humans will never live forever. It doesn’t matter how much we wish for eternal life, it doesn’t matter what contributions science makes: eternal life is never going to happen.
Jesus failed. And others who seek eternal life through with whatever methods will continue to fail.
Let’s face it and accept it: whatever God created this universe doesn’t want us to live forever–certainly not as human life forms. The God of this universe is cold and heartless.
Eternal life: never going to happen. Smile, deal with it, move on.
“If he had enough faith he could walk on water?” That reminds me of that song “Jesus, Take the Wheel”. How dangerous this song could be as there are people who think they have enough faith and might just try that and kill themselves and others, as well.
Lack of faith is the excuse people make when their ptayers are unanswered
Dont forget ” for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.
Has ANYONE seen or talked to someone who died in Christ?
Has anyone heard of any resurrected apostle sightings?
“judge not the words, but the works.” – said Jesus.
JWs are twats.
I remember some biblical quote in which Peter I think tries to walk over the water as jesus but he falls and Jesus said something like “if you have had more faith, you would have done it”. He also said if you have faith you would do the things that I did and even greater. Maybe our fault is our lack or faith.
You either have faith or you don’t have faith. If Peter did not have faith, he would not have attempted to walk on water. To say someone needed MORE faith, is just another poor attemp to defend the false facts that are claimed in the Bible.
Lack of faith is the excuse people make when their ptayers are unanswered
Peter could have had faith an walk on the waters as the answers of prayers would be answered through true believe, but it is easier to think otherwise. Anyway, why would we want our life other way? What is the true meaning of believe? I can’t answer the first question, but for the second i’ll say that maybe we can’t even comprehend it enterely, wether we think are living through it or not.
Yet no religious persons give a rat’s ass about any of these. It drives me insane that my family, my friends, my significant other… everyone I know, basically, holds belief in those delusional promises. In the past, I would hurry and show them all of these, but I’ve learned better… They are delusional, and they don’t care.
Agreed. A lot of people out there are just incredibly dense.
I understand your struggle, I recommend looking at an article on Cognitive Dissonance and its social effects titled Cognitive dissonance and social change by matthew Rabin. It covers how someone would be willing to hold beliefs that contradict facts and morality. He mainly covered morality but you could probably find other resources for fact denial. I wouldn’t say delusional, but rather led down a series of paths that shaped their understandings of the world that now contradicts the facts.
Great post! You know, there’s at least one more reason why Jesus’ promises can’t be trusted.
“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” Luke 11:10
Yet, in Numbers 21:5, this happened: “they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.”
So I guess you can God for anything, but just don’t ask for bread and water. That really pisses him off.
That prayers go unanswered is more an indictment on people’s faith/lack of faith than on the promise that these things are possible. For example, in football it is very possible to score awesome goals from 25 yards out – but not everyone can do it. Depends on in-born talent, practise, hard work, luck, etc.