I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
- Some people say that “all paths lead to God.” What would this verse say in response to that claim?
- The Ten Commandments given to Moses defined a way of living. How does this statement by Christ do the same thing?
- Who spoke the Ten Commandments? Who spoke these words? What do the answers to these questions tell you about Jesus?
- When Jesus taught us to pray, he began with the words, “Our Father ….” In this statement, he talks about approaching “the Father.” What does Jesus’ habitual language reveal to us about his relationship with God and our relationship with Christ?
- If Jesus is “the way” to the Father, then where do other ways go?
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9
This verse follows a discourse in which Jesus explains something important about his relationship with those who follow him:
Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. John 10:7-8
- If you only saw the word door by itself, it might not seem terribly important. However, as you see, Jesus says twice, “I am the door.” Why do you suppose Jesus makes this statement twice?
- On the night in which Jesus was betrayed, during his last supper with the disciples, what did Jesus say that recalled this statement? (see John 14:6)
- These statements all embody a clause that is crucial to understanding what Jesus claimed. When Jesus says, “I am,” what Old Testament scene comes to mind? (See Exodus 3:1-22) If this scene is truth, then what is the truth about Jesus?
- Numerous contemporary Christian leaders teach that Jesus is only one of many different ways to God. Marcus Borg says, “The enduring religions of the world all include lovers of God and saints in whom one can see the way, the truth and the life.” What do you say to someone who believes that every religion is a valid, even if different, way to the same God we worship through Christ?
- Eboo Patel fosters this attitude in his interfaith dialogue agenda. Eboo Patel is a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. He is an American Ismaili Muslim of Gujarati Indian heritage and founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that aims to promote interfaith cooperation. Patel says, “Our interfaith movement builds religious pluralism.” The term religious pluralism at a high level sounds like simple respect, an admirable concept. Nevertheless, as the agenda unfolds in publications and seminars, it becomes clear that the people who support religious pluralism want to prevent people who believe that Jesus is the only way from saying such words. How do you sustain and live by the principle that Jesus is the only way when well-intentioned people appear to believe it is uncivil and perhaps subversive of the public good to assert this truth?