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THE HUMANIST'S CLAIMS: Another significant false prophecy is at John 14:13-14. Jesus promises: “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” Everyone knows there have been millions of instances where Jesus failed to respond to Christians who asked for things in his name. And the graveyards are full of people who prayed to him for health.

As is the case with other incorrect statements in the Bible, false prophecies cast doubt on all biblical claims. If one verse in the Bible is wrong, it’s possible for many verses to be wrong.

The humanists got that right. If there is even one plainly false prophecy, or a promise that God "forgets" to fulfill, then we can't trust the Bible at all. We have no way to know what is true or false. So the humanists came up with a huge list, picking the prophecies most likely to be proven false, hoping there would be one that was actually false.

BUT, what if every prophecy they question turns out to be true? They take their best shot and the Bible still stands. That's a powerful proof the Bible is true, Jesus really is God and our Savior. Will you believe? You have a terrible problem. Sin. You've disobeyed God and there are eternal consequences. Only Jesus can save you. Read the Gospel of John and trust Jesus today. Don't wait.

John 14:13-14 - Wish Upon A Jesus

Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

It should be immediately apparent that what the humanists say is not true. Jesus is not a magic genie who gives you your every wish. Just imagine, if everyone could wish for whatever they wanted, what a chaotic world we'd have. It would be a mess!

So what did Jesus actually mean?

To do something in the name of someone means to do what they would have wanted.

For example, if a messenger proclaims, "In the name of the king, everyone is to have a day off." What does that mean? That the king wants everyone to have a day off, and he is giving them the day off. The messenger is speaking as a representative of the king. His words are the king's words and are to be obeyed just as if he were the king.

To ask in the name of Jesus, is to ask for what He would want. That's actually a pretty good thing, because what He wants is what is good and perfect.

What Does Jesus Want?

The Lord's Prayer gives us an example of what to pray for. It's given in Matthew 6:9-13.

Pray, then, in this way:
"Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

What should we be praying for? First our prayers should focus on God. Pray that God will be honored and His kingdom will come. Then pray that what God wants will be done... everywhere and all the time.

Secondly we can address our needs. Praying for our daily bread means to pray for, and trust God to provide for all our needs. Notice this isn't wants... it is our needs. And pray that God helps us to forgive those who sin against us, and that He helps us to avoid sin.

So what does it mean to ask in His name? John MacArthur provides a good summary in the MacArthur Bible Commentary for John 14:13-14:

1) The believer's prayer should be for God's purposes and the kingdom, not selfish reasons

2) The believer's prayer should be on the basis of God's merits and not any any personal merit or worthiness.

3) The believer's prayer should be in pursuit of God's glory alone.


Once we understand what "in His name means," this promise becomes clear. It has nothing to do with what the humanists say, and everything to do with God.

Next the humanist attack the Bible using history: Inaccurate Statements About History

The Bible’s false statements about history also bolster the Humanist position. Historians and other scholars have exposed many of the Bible’s claims as historically inaccurate.

History and the Old Testament

Historians have long known that the biblical story of a worldwide flood is a myth. For instance, Andrew White says nineteenth-century Egyptologists found that Egypt had a flourishing civilization long before Noah, and no flood had ever interrupted it. [White, Vol. I, p. 257.]

We're on to a new category. This time the humanists will see if they can find any errors in the Bible's record of history. Let's find out how well they do. Click here...