Jesus said many things about prayer, most of which can easily be shown as complete lies.
In Mark 11:24-25 Jesus says: “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.”
and in Matthew 21:21-22 He says: “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.”
Well, I haven’t seen religious faith move mountains, but I have seen what it can do to buildings. God and Jesus brought us the dark ages, humans brought us the space age. So we have established that you can’t move mountains by asking God, but what other evidence do we have that Jesus is a liar?
In Matthew 18:19-20, Jesus says this: “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.”
And we find this in John 14:13-14: “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.”
Jesus makes it clear that if you pray to God, he will give you whatever you want, no exceptions. Never-mind having to get two Christians to pray for the same thing (Matthew 18:19) one will do fine! But Jesus’ bold stories about prayer can clearly be debunked as lies. Christians can argue that seeing as Jesus talks about needing enough ‘faith’ in a few of his speeches, the problem is that nobody has enough faith. But the problem with this argument is it means that NO-ONE has ever had enough faith, kind of defeating the purpose of the speech.
But those aren’t the only times Jesus lied, in Matthew 23:34 he said: “Verily I say unto you, this generation will not pass, till all these things be fulfilled”, he was talking about the end of the world, and it’s been nearly 2000 years since that generation died.
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