John 14:6 – Jesus is the Only Way

Sometimes a problem has many solutions.  While I enjoy “lateral thinking” exercises, I am always frustrated because I can come up with a solution to a problem which “works” in my own mind, but is not the solution the exercises was looking for in the first place.

For example, there are many solutions to the problem of “how to turn on a light switch.” Some are better than others, but in theory they all “work.”  I could walk over and flip the switch; I could tell my kid to go flip the switch; I could toss things at the switch until I hit it just right; I could write an App for my iPhone which used the internet to access the power grid to make my light come on; I could shoot at the switch with a pistol, etc. Think about a Rube Goldberg device. These were imaginary devices which tried to solve a problem (light a match, turn on a light) with as many (bizarre) steps as possible. There are actually a lot of options for turning on a light!

Some people have the mistaken impression that religion is the same sort of thing. There are hundreds of religions out there, and they all have advantages and disadvantages, things which attract followers or drive them away. The noble seeker tries out all sorts of religions to see if he can get closer to God, perhaps drawing from a variety of religions to find some sort of spiritual peace. This sort of multi-culturalism is popular in the modern world, few people like to hear that there is only one correct religion. That sort of claim is prejudiced, dangerous, or rude.

Yet that is exactly the claim Jesus makes in John 14. Jesus claims to be the only way to God, he says in these verses that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one can come to the Father unless they come through him (John 14:6). This is not a random line in the middle of the gospel, this is the theme of the whole of John! Jesus is God, made flesh, the one who reveals the only truth that there is in the world, and the one who provides life (resurrection from the dead and eternal life). If someone wants access to the Real God, he has to come through Jesus. This was the core of the gospel as it was first preached, Acts 4:12 states that clearly that there is no other name under Heaven by which a person can be saved.

As politically incorrect as that is, that is claim Jesus makes and that is the teaching of the whole Bible.

8 thoughts on “John 14:6 – Jesus is the Only Way

  1. While I enjoy “lateral thinking” exercises, I am always frustrated because I can come up with a solution to a problem which “works” in my own mind, but is not the solution the exercises was looking for in the first place.

    John 14:6 is more interesting than your artical says. The way of truth would have us come unto the Father by Jesus, so that we could have the promised life. This is to be where He is in glory, so that we can say that God is for us (Jn. 17:24; Eph. 2:6).

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  2. Relativism, Kostenberger claims, is a huge conversation in our society today. So many individuals think that they have their own version of truth, and that if anyone opposes their beliefs, they are automatically wrong. I think this philosophy is promulgated and talked about so much in our society because people want to be protected. In other words, they want to indulge in their version of truth–which is sin–freely and without any condemnation. They spur accountability and spitefully treat anyone who tries to impose truth on them. But the reality is, there is only one truth, and that truth is found in the person of Jesus Christ. “Truth” is not actually as abstract as we think. However, even as a Christian who knows that Jesus is the only proper representation of truth, I have to admit that I do not know it all. I merely have a personal relationship with the one who is truth, and I can lay claim to that confidently. Moreover, it is important to understand that even Christians can wander from this core principle of their beliefs. I have met Christians who, even though they intuitively understand that Jesus is the Way, they do not practice their faith like it is true. But this core tenant of the Gospel of John is not just reserved for new converts. Even seasoned Christians need to remind themselves of this truth everyday, and act accordingly.

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  3. This is part of what makes the Gospel so scandalous and christianity so offensive. I love that Our God, Jesus takes the stand and is not afraid to speak the truth! He is the truth! There can only be one right Way and that right way is Jesus. Jesus isn’t concerned that he might offend people, God is not concerned that he might push people away ebcause they cannot accept the truth. The Gospel is offensive and people will be offended that Jesus is the only way. We as Bible beleiving Christians have to stay strong in this truth. Because of this Christians will be hated, they will be counted as unloving, unaccepting racsits who don’t accept other religions as right. That is okay, the truth is offensive and the truth will turn people against eachother. We have to depend on the Holy Spirit to open up the eyes of the unbeilievers to the Gospel.

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  4. It is amazing to me how the world today defines truth as nonexistent. There are so many things that we accept as absolute truth, because we have to (i.e. gravity). And now, if you say that something is true, people say that it isn’t for them. It reminds me of when I was in middle school, and my youth pastor gave us a book called Gravity: True for You but not for Me, which discussed today’s pluralism in beliefs and morals. The whole concept just doesn’t make sense. You cannot claim that there are no absolute truths because that is claiming an absolute truth. People just don’t like to be wrong and have their feelings hurt, so they claim that truth just doesn’t exist, so that they don’t have to reconcile their life to what is truly true.
    Yet this idea of moral pluralism is what creates tension between the Church and non-believers today. Kostenberger says “Christianity’s exclusive claims are considered inappropriately narrow, even intolerant” (Kostenberger, 142) in a society that values the protection of one’s feelings over what is foundationally true of all lives. We need to get back to a place where there is such thing as truth, otherwise all we are doing is creating tension between everyone.

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  5. I had never thought about the way people think of religion is kind of like a Rube Goldberg device. However, it makes sense. We try to manipulate God and the Bible to fit into our lives. We manipulate what the Bible says so that it can be used for our side of an opinion. If you think about it, the Pharisees essentially made their own Rube Goldberg device when it came to the Sabbath and following God. They placed additional rules that made a certain people group the only ones who could actually follow their rules, so that they could get to God. The Pharisees likely thought of it this way: if you do this, then you get to do this, to which you did this to get to this and then you could enter and be in the presence of God. Have we been doing this all along? Do Christians have to attend church to be a Christian? Are all the denominations of Christianity just individual Rube Goldberg devices specific to each denomination? If we set all this aside and get back to what the Bible says for determining our religion, our religion should be built upon the fact that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes through the Father except through me” (John 14:6, HCSB). At the base of everything, without Jesus we would not be Christians, we could still be Jews if Jesus had not come.

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  6. I once had my own doubts about Christianity. My concern was what if each other religion claims the same things that Christianity claimed. What if other religions had their own sayings about how we are to get to Heaven, and how do I know Christianity is the right religion? That was honestly something I needed answered throughout my life. Throughout the Bible we find verses that emphasize Jesus being the only way to get to Heaven, yet that wasn’t enough to convince me. The Holy Spirit had to make it known to me that Jesus was the only way, and it was simply through proving that the other religions were false. John 14 simply shows us, the only way to get to the father, is through Jesus, and that shuts down every other religion that does not include going through Jesus to get to God. That was difficult to understand though, but when I realized it, it was life changing.

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  7. This is the problem with our nation today we all think that we are good and are going to heaven. We think that we can outweigh our bad with our good and that will save us. However, that is not the case, we are not good based on God’s standards and we will never be good based on his standards. To those who do not believe in God I say that ignorance of the law does not give you a pass to break the law. In a day where people say there are many ways to get to heaven and that no one is the one and only way. Jesus is clear that he is the one and only way to heaven. When people think that they can get to heaven without Christ they are just fooling themselves. Jesus loves us so much that he died for us and gave us the way to spend eternity with him forever. Many people take offense to Christians because we claim that Jesus is the only way and that offends them because they do not want Jesus they want their own way and their own religion but Jesus is the only way!

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  8. Overtime I think that people have developed their own opinion on what God should do, and what He should look like. For example I have heard “Well if your God is loving then how come He punishes you? I feel like a God should love not matter what.” In my opinion people will jump from religion to religion until they find what they like and what benefits them the most; also people are very offended by what Christians have done in the past that causes them to stray away from God. We are not to blame ourselves, but pray for those who go away from the path of Christ and continue to show them love. Our mission in life is to spread the Gospel, and tell about Him, it’s up to the people to believe it or not. I do feel as though that acceptance of Christ as ones savior is the only way to Heaven, but I do believe that this can be taken away. There is eternal life in Christ but we can mess that up and it can be taken away; Jesus has mercy and forgiveness but to use Him whenever you want is unfair, and wrong I don’t think you’ll be going to hell for this but He isn’t there for us to use as a scape goat either. My biggest thing against eternal salvation is if one person accepts Christ but then later on becomes a witch and casts spells there is no way she is going to Heaven because that’s not what Jesus is about at all. Thus comes back with the argument, “Well how do you know she accepted Christ in the first place then?” and my rebuttal to that would be “How do you know she didn’t?”. At the end of the day we can all have our opinions, arguments, and tiffs but it all comes down to the purity of your heart and your intentions for Christ. The only person that can tell if one is truly wanting to accept Jesus as savior is Him, not me, a professor, their mother or father but Jesus is the final say.

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