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.