This is part of my Miss-Used Scripture Posts and today we look at a verse from the Apostle John, what it teaches and what it just plain doesn’t say.
John 14:5-6 (NIV) 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Now let me say that these words of Jesus are and must be 100% true, or all the other teachings of Jesus are to be doubted. How many times have you heard this verse interpreted to mean only Christians will go to Heaven, how many times have you used it that way yourself? Yet a simple reading of these words of Jesus imply no such thing at all. These words taken at face value teach simply that Jesus decides who gets to see the Father. It’s says nothing at all about being a Christian, much less all the doctrines we have put in the place of Jesus.
Now if you want to find a verse to interpret in a very narrow, literal and exclusive way, this is not that verse. Saying that Jesus as the co-creator of the Universe decides on basis of being the eternal Logos, who sees the Father is not the same as saying only Christians will see the Father. In Fact the Book of Revelation teaches that everyone will someday stand before the Father and the books will be opened. Now it is clear they are there because Christ Jesus was the first to resurrect and all are under his life as all where under Adams death.
So No One, No How, No Way has the right to add to the words of Jesus Christ, and limit them according to their dogma. Come on people a child could understand this but then maybe that’s the problem.