| A Prayer Of Jesus That Failed
Used by permission, from the Agnostic Review of Christianity website
One of the promises of the New Testament is that Christians will be, upon accepting Jesus as their Savior, filled with the Holy Spirit which will guide them to all truth. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to those who had faith in him.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
According to Jesus, this Holy Spirit would guide the believers to all truth. When a person believes in Jesus, repents and is baptized, they receive the "gift" of the Holy Spirit. Christians call this being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Jesus himself prayed that all those who believed in him would represent complete unity of thought.
Neither pray I for these alone(his immediate disciples), but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I (Jesus) in them, and thou(God) in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou(God) hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
This prayer of Jesus has huge implications.
Jesus has prayed that those who believe in him will exhibit complete unity.
This means believers not only of that time but all believers in the future would exhibit complete unity in thought and doctrine.
After all, these believers would have the gift of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit would guide them to all truth.
If Jesus, who Christians say is the most important being in the universe, prayed this prayer and promised the Holy Spirit would guide his believers to all truth then it should be obvious if his power is real or not.
If the prayer of Jesus, who is also supposed to be God according to most Christians, fails in any way, then all the claims of Christianity are suspect.
How has this vitally important prayer of Jesus turned out? Has it lived up to expectations?
Let's take a look at the New Testament and see if all the advertising about the Holy Spirit and the power of prayer rings true or false.
Jesus declared that Peter would be the "Rock" who would establish his church
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Clearly, Jesus regarded Peter as the leader of his contingent of followers left on earth when Jesus departed for heaven after his resurrection. Peter was most certainly a man who was filled with the Holy Spirit. In fact, the New Testament shows that he was:
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost (or Spirit),...etc
From this there can be no doubt that Peter was a genuine believer. He was the real deal. A true Christian.
The New Testament also tells us that Paul (also known as Saul of Tarsus) was commissioned as an apostle of Jesus directly by God. Paul declares that he has divine authority and approval to teach God's holy word.
Whereof I (Paul) am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
Not only that, but Paul states that he received his gospel directly from Jesus in a revelation.
But I (Paul) certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
For I neither received it of man,neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Paul did not learn his gospel from any man, but from Jesus himself. (Note: revelation = vision.) Clearly, Paul must have also been filled with the Holy Spirit just like Peter was. In fact, the New Testament says he was:
Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost (Spirit)...etc
From this there can be no doubt that Paul was a genuine believer. He was the real deal. A true Christian.
So here we have two Holy Spirit filled apostles of Jesus. What happens next is a scathing indictment of the validity of the New Testament as the word of God. Paul and Peter do not agree on a critical issue of their work for Jesus. Paul accuses Peter of being wrong and a hypocrite. Apparently Peter found himself having to play politics in order to win converts. The following is Paul's testimony:
But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me(Paul), as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
And when James, Cephas (Peter), and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen (Gentiles), and they unto the circumcision (Jews).
Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision(Jews).
And the other Jews dissembled (became hypocrites) likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation (hypocrisy).
But when I(Paul) saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
Since Peter's side of the story isn't told in Gal 2, we have no way of knowing if Peter and the others were "wrong" about what laws were binding on Christians or not.
However, because the Holy Bible is God's word and it tells us that this event happened, it must have actually occurred exactly as Paul says it did.
After all, the Bible is the infallible word of God.
The ramifications of this serious dispute are enormous.
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would guide believers to all truth. Peter was the "Rock" upon who Jesus would build his church. Yet, Paul accused Peter of being wrong, a hypocrite, and in error concerning his policy regarding other Christians. According to Paul, Peter (and others) "walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel".
If Paul was right and Peter was wrong, then the Holy Spirit did not guide Peter to all truth. The Holy Spirit did not perform the function that Jesus PROMISED. Either Peter was not filled with the Holy Spirit as the Bible says he was, or the Holy Spirit is incompetent and will not guide believers to all truth as promised.
Or, is the Holy Spirit only a part time counselor? Does this Holy Spirit only work on a part time basis and if so, how can anyone tell when a believer has it and when they don't?
Even more disturbing and fatal to the Bible, is the fact that Jesus prayed for all his followers to be in complete unity as evidence that Jesus was really from God: Paul and Peter certainly did not display complete unity.
The prayer of Jesus failed.
That prayer has produced no better results with the passage of time. There are hundreds of Christian denominations which all claim to be the proper representatives of Jesus and God. These factions cannot even agree on basic items of Christianity. Catholics recognize the Pope as the Vicar of Christ on earth and as the key representative of God's authority in the world.
However, many Protestant sects say the Pope is the anti-Christ. Eastern Orthodox Christianity denies that Jesus is God himself and do not believe in the "Trinity".
Churches cannot agree on other key issues such as ordaining women as pastors, water baptism, divorce, and many other issues. The Mormon Church, which is also Christian, is vilified as "false doctrine" by Catholics and Protestants. Is this the complete unity that Jesus prayed for?
Remember what Jesus prayed:
I (Jesus) in them, and thou (God) in me, that they (all believers) may be made perfect in one (display complete unity); and that the world may know that thou (God) hast sent me...".
If ever there was a prayer that failed, it was this prayer by Jesus.
It's time to face the facts. The Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus in the Bible is a farce. Christians can claim they have the Holy Spirit all day long, but the facts betray them. While each faction of Christianity asserts to the world that they have the "truth" about God, they have nothing more than hot air.
The New Testament itself shows that the Holy Spirit doesn't work all the time as promised and that the prayer of Jesus failed. The next time a zealous Christian tells you that the Bible is God's word and must be believed in order to avoid being sent to hell, tell them you aren't impressed with the promise and prayer of Jesus that failed.
That's proof he wasn't really sent from God.