Q. I am taking a study on the book of John. In our current session a discussion came up on John 14:6. The leader of the group had a reference from a preacher who stated there are many ways to get to heaven and that accepting Jesus as our savior was just one. I tried to point out that the passage of John 14:6 was Jesus telling us that the only way to God and heaven is by believing in him and accepting him as our savior. Surprisingly I found myself in the minority. Please give me your thoughts on John14:6.
A. To me it’s pretty clear. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Only by accepting His death as payment in full for our sins can we stand in the presence of the Father.
One of the primary principles of Biblical understanding, sometimes called the “Golden Rule of Interpretation” says,
“When the plain sense of scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths indicate clearly otherwise.”
What explanation did they give you for not interpreting John 14:6 according to this standard?