Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do. (John 14:12)
That’s a pretty amazing claim. Jesus says his followers will not only do the miracles he did, but even greater ones! Jesus supposedly changed water to wine, raised men from the dead, and made blind men see. Jesus says his followers will do those and even greater works.
So… where are they?
Where are the Christians making blind men see? Raising men who have been dead for days? What about greater things — something like, say, having an amputee grow a limb back? No takers?
Does this mean no TrueChristians™ really exist?
Christians, of course, are quite willing to make this verse mean something entirely different — because if it were true, they couldn’t call themselves followers of Christ. So many interpret “greater works” to mean “bring salvation.” That is, they can convert more people than Jesus. Doesn’t that just suck the life out of Jesus’ meaning? But what else can they do? (Also, this doesn’t necessarily help them — does this mean they are not Christians unless they can draw greater crowds than Jesus?)
They certainly can’t take Jesus literally — they can only take him literally when it fits their little box. When it doesn’t, the meaning must be changed. They’ll insist on taking Genesis — mythic literature — literally, but when it comes to obviously literal teaching, they’ll turn it on its head.
So much for consistency and “rightly dividing the word of God.”