Christians Don’t Do the Works Jesus Did, Proving Jesus Never Resurrected from the Dead

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Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14)

Evangelicals believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God. It’s a one-of-a-kind divine religious text that is to be, with rare exception, read and interpreted literally. Of course, when confronted with glaring contradictions, Evangelicals will abandon literalism quicker than Sarah Huckabee Sanders abandons truth at a White House press conference. When confronted with Bible verses that are contradictory or which put God/Christianity in a bad light, Evangelicals discard the literal, plain meaning of a text in favor of a convoluted, look-the-rabbit-ran-that-way, theological explanation.

Take John14:12-14. Printed with red ink — the universal sign for “Jesus is talking” — the Son of God said that he would soon return to his Father in Heaven, and once he was gone his followers would do greater works (miracles) than he did. Wow, what a statement, right?

What were the works (miracles) that Jesus did?

  • Healed the sick
  • Cured the deaf and mute
  • Gave sight to the blind
  • Reattached severed body parts
  • Fed 5,000 people with 2 loaves of bread and 5 fishes
  • Fed 4,000 people with 7 loaves of bread and a few fishes
  • Caused the lame to walk again
  • Cured mental illness
  • Raised the dead
  • Turned well water into Boone’s Farm
  • Walked on water
  • Stopped storm winds from blowing
  • Walked through walls
  • Resurrected himself from the dead

What a list of miracles! The writer of the gospel of John said, in John 21:25:

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.

According to that verse, the Bible contains just a small handful of the millions of miracles performed by Jesus. Why, Jesus worked so many miracles in three years, that if all of them were written down, all the books of the world wouldn’t be able to contain them. Wow, just wow! So many miracles, yet there is not one non-Biblical contemporary record for any of them. If a Jewish itinerant preacher performed millions of miracles in a thirty-six-month period, you’d think at least one Roman historian would have mentioned it. Yet, the pages of history are silent.

For the sake of this post, I am going to go with the miracles performed by Jesus as recorded in the gospels. In John 14:12, Jesus told his followers that after he ascended back to his Father in Heaven, they would perform works (miracles) as great as and greater than those worked by him. The Christian church has existed for almost 2,000 years, yet there is no recorded history of Christians doing greater works (miracles) than Jesus. In fact, Christians today think a “greater work” is Jesus helping Grandma find her lost keys or causing someone’s cancer to temporarily go into remission. Healing the sick? Raising the dead? Causing cripples to walk? Giving sight to the blind? Where, oh where can we find and see such medically verifiable miracles? And if Jesus worked millions of such miracles, where can we see legions of people being healed? Where can we see thousands of people being fed with 2 Big Mac’s and 5 orders of large French fries?

Modern Christians are supposed to be greater miracle workers than Jesus, yet everywhere we look we see impotence. Why is that? Evangelicals will make all sorts of peculiar theological arguments, attempting to explain away the clear, literal reading of John 14:12. Perhaps, there is another explanation for the present-day paucity of miracles. Jesus said that miracle-working by his followers was contingent upon him returning to his Father in Heaven. Perhaps, the real reason Christians can’t work Jesus-esque miracles is because he never resurrected from the dead and ascended back to Heaven to the right hand of his Father. Maybe, just maybe, when Jesus died, he stayed dead. You know, just like every other human who has ever lived and died.

John 14:12 remains a direct challenge to the belief that Jesus resurrected from the dead. Had Jesus really escaped the permanency of death and magically floated away from the earth until he could no longer be seen, then Christians from 33 CE until today should have the power to repeatedly do the miraculous. That they don’t tells me that Jesus died on a Roman cross centuries ago and was buried in a borrowed tomb, never to be seen again.

Thus saith the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of Bruce.

About Bruce Gerencser

Bruce Gerencser, 62, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 41 years. He and his wife have six grown children and twelve grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist. For more information about Bruce, please read the About page.

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6 Comments

  1. Neil

    Damn right, Bruce. Just think what the world would be like, and would have been like these past two thusand years, if Chrisitans were able to work the miracles Jesus worked. That they can’t and don’t shows what an almighty lie Christianity is and what a fake JC was (at least as his scriptwriters portrayed him.) The guarantee of a future resurrection is yet another false promise.

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  2. ObstacleChick

    Jesus isn’t even doing miracles from heaven, let alone empowering his followers to perform miracles. My social media feed is filled with stories right now from evangelical Christians asking for prayers: the family that just list their father to kidney cancer, the old friend whose husband just had a glioblastoma removed from his brain and has 12-18 months to live, the old friend whose husband has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, the former math teacher whose granddaughter has 50% function in her heart and doctors can’t figure out why, the old friend with lupus who nearly died twice last year. I could go on. These are evangelical Christians to whom it is promised that their prayers will be answered, and guess what? They aren’t. It’s sad, the hope that these folks cling to, and guess what? The same things happen to good Christians as happen to us atheists.

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  3. Samuel Soon

    I thought you guys knew a lot better than this but Jesus isn’t about miracles. He did those to show God’s love for us sinners. He saved everyone from their sins by dying on the cross for us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16”. God has saved us when we believe in him. Some of you say “If God loves his people so much, why couldn’t he save them from death?”
    The answer to that is because God has already saved them because they believe in him and now they can live with forever in Heaven when they die. True believers already know this. Bruce talks about how Christians can’t do the miracles Jesus does. That doesn’t prove anything. We are not Jesus. We can’t do those miracles. It just shows that really Bruce, you don’t know a single thing about the topic your fighting against. If you did, you would know that it is by faith that you have been saved. These articles you write are insulting to those that believe. How dare you attack my faith with such a weak argument. God will find a way back to your heart. So when you see how wrong you are, ask God for forgiveness. Or maybe you’re just too stubborn to change. It takes more faith for you to reject than to accept

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      *sigh*
      Interesting that you totally ignored the Bible verse I quoted, and instead chose to preach a sermon and attack me instead.

      How dare I? I double dog dare you to actually engage in me a discussion about the subject of this post.

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    2. Becky Wiren

      I don’t want to be mean. But just because you have religious beliefs, or spiritual beliefs, or a walk with Jesus, or a relationship with Jesus (did I hit all of those?), doesn’t mean those beliefs or relationships are criticism-free. This is still the US, and even though you may think Christians are in charge, it is supposed to be a secular country. And just because you feel outraged doesn’t mean a thing to anyone else, period. Engage with Bruce or his readers in good faith, and you won’t get blocked from Bruce’s blog. Because Bruce is the god of this blog.

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    3. Zoe

      Anything you’ve said here Samuel Soon “doesn’t prove anything” either. Speaking of someone who doesn’t know a thing. Take a moment in front of the mirror Samuel. And interestingly enough, you’ll see Bruce, myself and many others who were in fact, you.

      You are just another in a long line of “Christians” who show up here with the “one true faith”.

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