Every religion has members who cherry-pick a verse to determine they are the only and true way. In Christianity this is often done with John 14:6, which taken out of context appears to be Jesus explaining to His disciples that He is the only way. Therefore, adherents will say, “all other faiths are false.” I think this explanation is simplistic and loses sight of who Jesus really is (God in man, and not the man born of Mary).

John 14:6 reads, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” Out of context, this appears to be stating that Jesus is the only path to God. But what is Jesus? Is Jesus a man, who is speaking to his disciples? Or do we reference the power that fueled the man? The power of the Higher Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the power of the Father Creator? If we think of the former, then Jesus becomes an idol. Like a statue of a Buddha – a reference, but not the thing. If the latter, then we are referencing the Christ force that empowers the man… any man.

Reading the chapter we get our answer in verse 10, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: But the Father that dwells within me.” The words then are not of the man, born of Mary, but of the Father within him. Jesus solidifies the bond of Father in the next verse (11), saying, “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me….”

When we read deeper than a cursory understanding, Jesus is not speaking as a man, but is allowing the infilling of the Creator to speak through Him. They are One entity. God is saying, “No man comes unto the Creator except by the Creator [me].” In other words, each of us must find our personal path to the Creator. The Creator God is accessed through our hearts, our minds, our environments. It is the purity of intent that establishes the Path… the purity of seeking God with all our heart.

Therefore the Path can come in the form of Jesus, or Buddha, or Krishna, or nature itself. Christ is not a human personality, but a living spiritual essence, and as such it doesn’t exist in just one fashion.

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