Difficult words . . .

There are a number of “problematic” passages in the Scriptures. Today I want to post one that has been difficult for me over the years – then wait a couple of days to hear from those of you who read this blog so I might know your interpretation – your questions – your concerns – then I will offer my current understanding – which implies that this single verse is still difficult for me.

The verse is John 14:6. Following is the text from seven different translations:

King James Version

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

New International Version

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Revised Standard Version

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.

New Revised Standard Version

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

New American Standard Bible

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

English Standard Version

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

The Inclusive Bible

Jesus told him, “I myself am the Way – I am the Truth, and I am Life. No one comes to Abba God but through me.

I look forward to reading your responses. In the meantime I will continue to write.

Grace and peace

 

 

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3 Responses to Difficult words . . .

  1. Julie says:

    So many thoughts and concerns around this passage. And I can’t wait to see your interpretation. For me it begs several questions…is there really only one path to heaven? If our God is as big, passion-filled, grace-filled, LOVE-filled, isn’t God big enough to create more than one path? And, if Jesus was God in Flesh, isn’t Jesus saying, you just have to love me, God, to be in Heaven?

  2. joe says:

    This was at the heart of my earlier comment on “what I was taught”.

  3. Joe says:

    I went back and looked at this verse in the broader context of the passages before and after. That did not change much in my perspective of the specific verse here. Coming from a more fundamental baptist background this still resonates as a hammer in fundamentalist beliefs. If we truly believe that Jesus has the authority he claimed in the passages before and after how can we not believe anything else as a belief in Jesus as the Son of God and the only “gateway” to heaven.

    I was taught that unless you believed in Jesus you were not going to heaven. (This was usually an emphatic statement)

    Even as a high school and college student in the 60’s I questioned this, my rational was and is, what about the Jews? Were they somehow, summarily dismissed when Jesus came on the scene? What about those Jews that followed him, were they now excluded from heaven if they did not believe as well? What about God’s covenant with Isreal, was that somehow negated?

    I look froward to hearing more of your thoughts.

    Joe

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