I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.This is obviously a very powerful line with lots of implications.
- If Jesus is the way then His ethic for life is the right one, the best one.
- If Jesus is the truth then His teaching is the chief authority on every subject, the right one and the best one.
- If Jesus is the life then He has the answers for the deepest issues of the soul, the right ones and the best ones.
This is true for most Americans, and, frighteningly, most Christians. But how can this be? If Jesus is THE way, truth and life how can there be arguably equal alternatives?
Rather than simply going to blows over this, I wonder if there is a different way, a way that is even more in line with Jesus' intention in John 14:6. Today I participated in a discussion where one of the people suggested that we substitute the word "truth" for the word "reality."
In this way, all that Jesus is, says and does is "reality." We are not arguing over philosophical ideas and prepositions, but the true nuts and bolts of our day to day lives.
For example: If I have a glass of coke, you can argue all day long that it is milk, but that won't make it so. It is still coke.
In the same way: If Jesus teaches, lives and commands us to "Love your enemies" or "be reconciled to your brother" or "settle matters quickly with your adversary" (Matthew 5:21-26) this way is the best, the only right reality for relationships no matter what we do or don't do.
I can argue against it, say it isn't for me and reap the consequences, but it doesn't change the reality.
I wonder if this doesn't call us to actually have to deal with the implications of Jesus' teaching and life more, making it impossible to excuse or deny. Everyone has to deal with reality one way or the other!
What do you think? Is this a helpful way to understand better what Jesus was saying? Would this be more effective in communicating to people far from God or confused about absolutes?