John 14: 12- Answering Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati

If Christians can do greater works than Christ, then why can’t they raise the dead?


Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.

"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." (14:12.)

C. Now if the Christians believe in Christ, why cannot they raise the dead and work other miracles? But if even with their faith in Christ they cannot work any miracles it is certain that Christ too had wrought no miracles, since he himself says: "He that believeth on me…..shall he do also." Has one lost his mental vision that he should believe in the miracles of Christ when not a single Christian can work a miracle?


Answer: Even if we were to restrict the work of LORD Jesus Christ to miracles done by LORD Jesus Christ, one has to note that those were not at the behest to please others or demonstrate some powers like the Hindu miracle workers. Those were done to liberate the enslaved and heal the sick. In this way, as and when the need arises, in response to the prayers, miracles still do happen.

However, we must look at the Holy Bible itself to see another work which the LORD Jesus Christ Himself had said that He has been anointed to do.

Luke 4: 17-21 “And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:  "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

(a) Preach the Gospel to the poor (and not just the rich as Maharishis often do with their religious discourses to earn quick money)
(b) To heal the brokenhearted
(c) To proclaim liberty to captives
(d) To recovery of sight to the blind
(e) To set at liberty those who are oppressed
(f) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD

Now, let us how the Christians have been anointed?

Act 1:7-8 “And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 

When LORD Jesus Christ did His earthly ministry at Israel, Christians have been told that they will do greater things- they will do this ministry at a universal level.

While Christians have their own share in the fallen humanity along with all other religious groups, who can deny good things that they have done at a universal level?

The words of LORD Jesus Christ have been proved to the dot.

However, what happened to the Vedic god? No one except some splinter groups knows him.

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