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John 14.3-6 – I am the way, the truth and the life
Posted: 14 June 2010 in John

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 14.3-6 is perhaps one of the most contentious passages in the Bible; especially amongst people who are not themselves Christians. The metaphor which gets used is that of many paths up the mountain, with God sitting on top of the mountain, waiting for us to arrive by our different paths.

The problem there, of course, is that the Christian understanding of original sin implies that it is impossible for us to climb the mountain, and that our salvation depends upon God descending the mountain in the person of Jesus Christ.

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