Is Jesus the only way to God? #inneranarchy

A question came up in the Inner Anarchy Group yesterday about these words of Jesus, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” So, I decided to do a YouTube video on the question: Is Jesus the only way to God?

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  1. Romy Blystone says:

    When I look at the Trinity, I view each of them with a slightly different role (although each of them overlaps, supports the other, etc.).

    For example, to me, I view 1) God the Father as “like” absolute truth (compared to the relative truth of man); 2) God the Son as “like” perfect love (compared to the conditional love of man); and 3) God the Holy Spirit as unending hope (compared to the limited hope of man). Put another way, God the Father is “like” Truth, God the Son is “like” the Way and God the Holy Spirit is “like” the Life.

    This perspective helps me to better understand who I am and who I’m not… and more importantly, how God is the full measure of these concepts and how relationship with Him helps me to continue growing (i.e. maturing in truth, love, and hope) as a son, husband, father, believer, etc.

    As to how I view John 14:6, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” it needs to be read in context of the entire passage.

    Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

    For me, I understand it like this… in order for me to know the truth (about anything), I must first come to love (this anything) because only in love do the walls of judgement and condemnation that have kept me from seeing the truth for what it really is come down. I believe this is why He says, “If you had known Me, you would have known my Father also”.

    In other words, in order for me to get to the Father (i.e. truth), I must first go through the Son (i.e. love). For perfect love casts out all fear… and when the dark is pushed away, the light reveals what was once hidden from our eyes, our ears, our minds and our hearts. Another way of looking at it is to understand that when we come to Jesus (i.e. the epitome of relationship), He helps us to see where we stand with God (i.e. the truth of who He is, who we are, who we are not, etc.). When we understand these things, all of life comes into better focus. Many more things are revealed when we have the proper perspective… an open mind, a forgiving heart, a peaceful soul.

    So when I hear that the truth will set me free… I understand that to mean that God the Father (i.e. the only One qualified to judge and condemn me) has revealed to me how perfect His love is… and that His perfect love casts out my fear (i.e. guilt and shame) and I am now free.

    NOTE: I put the term “like” in quotes because it’s the closest I can come to understanding my God without trying to box Him in with limiting words/concepts. He is obviously more and therefore cannot be accurately described using a few English vocabulary terms. However, for me, the use of the term “like” helps me to better grasp the concept of a limitless God. Having said that, I do NOT believe this is the only way to view Him, His word, or our collective faith. I do, however, believe that we can grow closer to Him by using words to describe Him, His love for us, and His will for our lives (i.e. yesterday, today and tomorrow). In other words, if my words help make connections between others and God, awesome. If it doesn’t, please just ignore them and continue on the path He has set before you.

    Peace and grace be with you 😉

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