“Jesus himself said He was the only way.” (Shane)
What does that even mean? See this is where we start the splitting of hairs over the definitions of what Jesus means there. I am not going to argue about the Jesus part – but the ideas parts – ‘way, truth, life’.
What way? What truth? What life? Once you start asking questions like that then you see Jesus is talking about a ‘way’, also ‘truths’, and even ‘ways to life’. Now no one comes to God except by Jesus – could this also mean Jesus’ teachings – that which we do have? This is where I part with some of mainstream faith on interpretation – but I truly think this passage is refering to idea of following Jesus’ teachings as the ‘way to God’.
I just don’t feel I am on very safe ground when I say Jesus is the way but that means the way is about a certain ritual – saying a prayer, inviting Christ in, and then following the leading of the church and pastor. To me, I think Christ is saying whomever lives according to these teachings will find life, the way to God, and truth about what happens around us – and that includes anybody – even those whom never heard but are peacemakers or live by the idea ‘treat others as you want to be treated/loving their neighbors as themselves’.
I think that passage is a lot deeper than just a one liner about exclusivity…here’s another slight interpretation I picked from a Jewish idea.
If we compare to sentences this will make sense:
‘The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’. (Luke 20:37)
‘The way, (and) the truth, and the life’ (John 14:6)
Do you see a similarity there? By some weird writing calculation John is saying Jesus is either comparable to those three figures or some type of patriarch whom God speaks to exactly like them. We can go into so much deeper mystic meaning (ie: Abraham is like the way – via faith) or even deeper cultural meanings (ie: Jewish patriarchs and Jesus is the next one – the Messiah).
But the point is this interpretation has a lot of depth to it and via comparison of John’s writing – I think this path makes even more sense (since John was huge on Jewish symbolism and ideas). I don’t think I am reading to much into it – look at it and study it – it lines up with many gospel ideas.
“Actually, looking into the Greek… perhaps a better translation of that part of John 14:6 would be…I am the true and living way…”
In the Greek I believe the latter two “nouns” are to become ajectives of the first. Still notice… “I am *THE*…” that denotes a fair amount of exclusitivity hehe. And the teaching that Jesus is the true and living Way… wow… so much to glean from that, I just love it =D. Also, “truth is not about a popularity contest”. Indeed! hehe =D” (Cpt. Starfox)