“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This one statement said by Jesus to his apostle Thomas in John 14 is a statement used by some Christians to substantiate the exclusivity of Christ as the only way to salvation. That is, these Christians believe that in order to go to heaven to live with God for eternity once we die, that we must first profess faith in Jesus Christ. But is this what Jesus really meant?
Below are a few items that discuss this. The first is the sermon from May 22, 2011 from Washington National Cathedral. The second is an essay written by Brian McLaren that discusses John 14 in more depth. The third is a YouTube clip that tries to illustrate (in a humerous way) just how silly the exclusivity doctrine is.
“Who knows this love and is living in this love, and who doesn’t?” – Dean Samuel Lloyd, from his sermon. Click here to watch the May 22, 2011 sermon from Washington National Cathedral.
Read another great discussion of John 14:6 by Brian McLaren here: McLaren – John 14.6-3.