Sunday, September 21, 2014

Was Jesus A Liar?

The following quotes are taken from 

"Jesus Lied About Prayer -  "Jesus is quoted many times in the Bible saying that a believer can ask for anything through prayer and receive it.  He even goes so far as to say that mountains and trees can be thrown into the sea simply by praying for it.  This is clearly a lie, and can be proven to be a lie by any believer.  Simply pray for me to be converted to Christianity right away.  Or better yet ask God to move the mountains behind my house.  He could make a lot of converts that way.  If I’m converted today, I’ll post a public apology on my web site and devote my life to kissing God’s a--.  If I’m not converted it would only be fair for you to apologize and devote your life to kissing my butt.

Here are the quotes from Jesus that proves that he lied:

1)  "And Jesus answered and said to them, 'Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, `Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will happen.  "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."  (Matthew 21:21-22 NAS)

2)  "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."  (Matthew 7:7-8 NAB)

3)  "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.  For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."  (Matthew 18:19-20 NAS)

4)  "Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him.  Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours."  (Mark 11:23-24 NAB)

5)  "And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."  (Luke 11:9-10 NAB)

6)  "And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it."  (John 14:13-14 NAB)

7)  "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you."  (John 15:7 NAB)

8)  "It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you."  (John 15:16 NAB)

9)  "On that day you will not question me about anything.  Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.  Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete."  (John 16:23-24 NAB)

A lot of Christians ignore what Jesus actually says in the Bible.  They also tend to add things to the actual words to make them say something else.  If you honestly and truthfully read these quotes, without adding to them, it is very easy to see that Jesus is not saying that God will think about your prayers.  He says God will grant all your prayers.  Clearly, God doesn’t grant all prayers and this proves that Jesus was a habitual liar."

Was Jesus a liar?  Let's examine each of these quotes in context.

1., 4.  Matthew 21:21-22; Mark 11:23-24: Jesus often spoke to his disciples in parables, and told them flat out that he was speaking to them figuratively - using metaphors (see John 16:25).  In other words, when Jesus spoke of a mountain being thrown into the sea, he wasn't talking about a mountain literally being thrown into a sea.  It was a metaphor for faith in God to overcome major obstacles in life.

2., 5. Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10: Jesus was talking about something very specific in this passage - the Holy Spirit.  A few verses later, as he was elaborating on his "Ask and it will be given to you" statement, he said the following: "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13, NIV).  Taken in context, Jesus was talking about his followers asking God to give them the Holy Spirit. 

3. Matthew 18:19-20: Again, this is another quote that is taken out of context.  These verses are part of a larger passage where Jesus was talking about dealing with sin in the church.   

The full passage can be read here:  

6., 7., 8.: In John chapters 14 and 15, Jesus was about to be crucified, and was speaking to his disciples one last time.  It is important to notice the verse just before the promise is first given: "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father" (John 14:12, NIV).  In response to Philip's request to show them the Father (John 14:8), Jesus emphasized that "anyone who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9, NIV).  He further stated that since he was returning to the Father, his disciples would now be on earth acting as his representatives.  That being the case, the phrase "ask in my name" means asking the Father as a representative of Jesus, who always prayed that God's will would be done (Luke 22:42).  John elaborates on this point in a later letter: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15, NIV).

9. John 16:23-24: This is another snippet of a much larger passage where Jesus was about to be crucified, and was speaking to his disciples one last time.  Jesus was responding to the disciples' question about what he meant when he said that he was leaving and returning to the Father.  He responded by explaining that he had been speaking figuratively to them (using metaphors - in other words, not to be taken literally), but when he returned they would no longer need to ask him for clarification; they would receive wisdom and clarity directly from God the Father in Jesus' name.  "Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.  In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.  No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.  I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father” (John 16:25-28, NIV).

You can read the full text of John chapter 16 at this link:

In conclusion, these statements of Jesus were not meant to be taken as a blanket promise that we could ask for whatever we want and immediately receive it.  Taken in context, many of these verses were speaking of other things entirely.  It is also important to understand that God has given each person a choice regarding their own salvation, and that each person must choose for themselves what to believe.  No one can choose for them, and no one can override their decision.  "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God" (John 1:11-13, NIV).