Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6
This powerful passage presents two essential tenets of Christianity. The first being that Jesus is divine and the second being that Jesus is the only way to Jehovah.
By declaring himself to be The Truth and The Life Jesus declares His divinity. Who else could claim these attributes but the creator of all things. By claiming to be Truth and Life incarnate, Jesus claims divinity.
The second teaching of this passage is the exclusivity of Christ. Christianity is not “one of many” ways to heaven. In John 14:6 Jesus Himself leaves no doubt in the mind of the impartial reader that Christianity is an exclusivist religion. There is no place for any other way to God found in the teachings of Jesus. Just as truth is intolerant of error, so Christianity is intolerant of any religion that says there is another way of salvation.
Being intolerant of religious falsehood most certainly does not mean that Christianity is intolerant of people who don’t believe. On the contrary, Christianity respects people’s right to their own opinion (Luke 16:29, Revelation 3:20).
Secularist God haters are all too quick to slander Christianity when they equate Bible-believing Christians to radical Islam tarring both with the same “extremist” tyrannical brush. The God of the Bible INVITES people to “follow Him” (Matthew 11:28, Isaiah 55:1-3, Mark 1:17, Revelation 3:20), radical Islam COMPELS people to worship Allah.
Whilst forced conversion is a hallmark of radical Islam, it is anathema to the teachings of Christ. Christianity is all about persuasion, reason and willing mental assent (Isaiah 41:21, Isaiah 1:18, 2 Corinthians 5:11, Jude 1:3, 1 Peter 3:15, Philippians 1:7, Acts 19:8, Acts 17:2, Acts 18:4, Titus 1:9, 2 Timothy 2:24-25).
“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal” but rather are for the “casting down of arguments” (2 Corinthians 10:4). Truth, evidence and logic are essential to Christianity and God’s enemies are very well aware of this.
The silencing of truth to prevent offense seen in the secular push for political correctness is the current outworking of secularism’s long war against Truth and God incarnate.
In John 14:6 Jesus declares Himself to be “Truth Incarnate” -is it then any wonder that the enemies of Christ would seek to ban truth?
In today’s multicultural society, where many different religious systems live side by side, the literal, obvious interpretation of John 14:6 is a very unpopular message.
Lukewarm Christians (Revelation 3:16), unwilling to make a stand for Christ have sought to reinterpret Christianity to suit the spirit of the age (2 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 6:12), making it more inclusive and tolerant of other religions.
Seeking friendship with the world they have betrayed Christ (James 4:4).
In no uncertain terms, these words of Jesus teach that every other religion is false. Those who promote universalism or salvation by any other way deny Christ. To confirm this is the correct interpretation of Jesus’ teaching the Apostle Paul clarifies things for us stating that “the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God” (Corinthians 10:20).
It is very popular to think of truth in relative terms in our postmodern society. Anyone who dares to believe that they have some universal truth that applies to everybody is considered intolerably arrogant.
Of course using the word “arrogant” to describe someone who believes something to be universally true is an insidious misuse of the word, meant to conceal and deceive. The same accusers never call scientists arrogant for claiming something to be universally true. It is the accusers’ unfounded bias and disdain for religion that leads them to accuse and vilify anyone who would dare pronounce a universally binding religious truth.
The cold hard truth for liberals and lukewarm Christians is that in this passage Jesus Christ taught that His religious teachings were universally true to all mankind.
John 14:6 draws a line in the sand. Either you side with Jesus or you side with the world (James 4:4, Matthew 10:33).
At its core the silencing of universal truth claims to avoid “offense” is a weapon of spiritual warfare, crafted by the enemies of Christ. Secularists, atheists and other God-haters cannot tolerate Jesus Christ and His followers (John 15:18-19) so they have sought to create a society that is indirectly intolerant of Jesus’ teaching.