John 14:6-11 I Am the Way, the Truth, And the Life
Is it possible that the original Greek translated, "I am
the way, the truth, and the life" in John 14:6 actually says, "I am a way, a
truth, and a life"; and therefore, "I am the way, the truth, and the life"
is a mistranslation?
In the original Greek of John 14:6, the words translated "way," "truth," and "life" are each preceded by the definite article, "the" ("ή"), so "I am the way, the truth, and the life" is the correct translation.
What about the latter half of John 14:6, which reads,
"No one comes to the Father except through Me"?
The key word, "except" is the English translation of the original Greek phrase, "εί μή" that literally means, "if not"; so the latter half of John 14:6 could have been translated, "No one comes to the Father if not through Me," or more idiomatically, "No one comes to the Father except through Me."
So what does Jesus mean by, "I am the way, the truth,
and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6)?
To get to God the Father in heaven, a person must believe in Him. Without believing in Jesus, a person cannot go to heaven. There is no other way.
For sinful human beings to join the holy and sinless God in heaven, our sins must be paid for. The due payment is the death penalty, to be paid by either the sinner or on behalf of the sinner by someone who is sinless and does not have his own sins to die for. Only Jesus was sinless and only Jesus died for our sins: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
Then what about all of the religions that claim that
there are other ways?
Either Jesus is lying and all of those religions are right, or Jesus is right and all of those religions are lying.
Why would so many religions lie?
Satan's endeavor to draw people away from "the way" includes putting up as many fake ways as possible.
Whom do we have to go through to get to Jesus in the first place?
Nobody, and anybody who tells you that you need to go through them to get to Jesus contradicts Jesus. Anyone who believes in Jesus as per the Bible has direct, personal access to Him, as a bride has to her bridegroom.
What is Jesus' answer to Philip's question: "Show us the Father"?
"Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me." (John 14:9)
What else does He say about His relationship with the Father?
"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father." (John 14:7)
"He who has seen Me has seen the Father." (John 14:9)
"I am in the Father, and the Father in Me." (John 14:10)
"The Father who dwells in Me does the works." (John 14:10)
"I am in the Father and the Father in Me." (John 14:11)
What is Jesus claiming?
His deity and complete unity with God the Father.
Are we sure He isn’t claiming to be a prophet?
His claims go clearly beyond being God’s mouthpiece or spokesperson. He is claiming to be God.
Is He God by virtue of His claims?
Not necessarily, but it does narrow down the theoretical possibilities of what He could be.
If His claims are false but sincere, he is a madman who deserves medical attention. If His claims are false and insincere, he is a liar who deserves scorn. If His claims are true, He is God who deserves our obedience and worship.
Can you think of a fourth possibility?