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Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Saying that Jesus is the only way to God is one of Christianity's most debated claims. It’s important to understand why this claim is made.

Jesus’ Own Words

To make sure we are correct, we should look at what Jesus himself said. If the Gospels are historically reliable—and there is strong evidence they are—we can trust Jesus’ words. In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This statement is clear. Jesus also says in Luke 10:16 that rejecting him means rejecting God. So, according to Jesus, there’s no other way to God. If you want to follow Jesus, you need to accept what he says about himself.

The Uniqueness of Jesus

Some people think all religions are basically the same, but a closer look shows they have big differences. For example, Hinduism says God is an impersonal force, while Christianity says God is a personal being. Both can’t be right. Jesus is also unique among religious leaders. His followers said he is God (John 1:1; Philippians 2:5–7), and Jesus agreed with this (Mark 14:61–64; John 10:30–34). No other major religious founder claimed to be God. Jesus said his resurrection would prove his claim (Matthew 12:38–42; Mark 14:28). While Buddha and Muhammad are still in their graves, Jesus rose from the dead, proving his unique claims.

Why Jesus is the Only Way

Today, many people think of religion as a personal choice, like picking a favorite ice cream flavor. But religious truth is more like medical truth. Each religion says the world has a problem and offers a solution. Just as doctors need to find the right medicine for a disease, we need to find the true solution for our spiritual problem. According to Jesus, sin is the problem, and he is the only cure. In John 8:24, Jesus says, “if you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.” Jesus diagnoses our problem and offers the solution. He is the only way because he is the only one who can heal the spiritual disease of sin that affects us all.

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