>What a great week of discussion! After honing this down a bit, I wanted to post it and get some thoughts:
In John 14:6, when Jesus says “I am the way” – that Jesus’ way is the humility that we see in John 13 (washing the disciples’ feet)
When he says “I am the truth” – that Jesus in the revelation of God.
Colossians 1:20 “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
Romans 5:10 “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”
2 Corinthians 5:18 “ All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”
When he says “no one comes to the Father but through me” – he is saying ‘everyone who comes to God comes through me’. Jesus reconciled ALL things to God.
This is built on the previous understanding that:
In was in response to Thomas asking about “where you are going”. Thomas would not have had the concept of the after-life that we have. He was a first century Hebrew.
- the word Hindu does not appear in the Bible. So the Bible has nothing to say about Hindus. If we do… then we are INTERPRETing things that are in the Bible and APPLYing them to Hindus.
- as a 1st century Hebrew, Thomas was not asking about our concept of heaven.
- Jesus was not talking about “life after you die”
- Jesus was talking about a KIND of relationship with God (the way he had) before you die.