In the previous article we looked briefly at a variety of perspectives on the subject of miracles. Continue reading . . .
In the previous article we looked briefly at a variety of perspectives on the subject of miracles. Today we turn our attention to the many interpretations of what Jesus meant when he said in John 14:12,
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to my Father."
Most of the interpretations of John 14:12 are driven by the perceived disparity people feel between what Jesus said would come to pass, on the one hand, and their own experience, on the other. They read this verse and say: “Something’s wrong. I don’t believe that the followers of Jesus have done the same works Jesus did, far less have they done greater works than he. So how can I navigate around the problem this poses for those of us who believe in the inspiration of the Bible?”
(1) First, some simply reject the text and figure out how to live with a Bible that contains error. I seriously doubt if any of you would adopt such a viewpoint. I certainly hope you don’t. In other words, some just give up and concede that Jesus was wrong. Of course, if that is true we’ve got bigger problems than just what to do with a single difficult passage in Scripture!
(2) Second, the most popular interpretation in our day is that Jesus’ words refer to something other than miraculous deeds and physical healing.
For example, some have argued that the works Jesus' followers do are “greater” in number than those he did (due to the fact that the church is a multitude whereas Jesus is but one). In other words, the word “greater” doesn’t poi