“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” -John 14:6 (NIV)
We do not like to hear absolutes. Our ears have been conditioned to cringe the moment someone speaks of there being only one, singular truth. As globalization brings the world closer together, we have become more aware of the diversity of the world in which we live, along with the many conflicts and tensions that exist between cultures and beliefs. In an attempt to accommodate everyone, we have succumbed to the view that truth is subjective; that another person’s truth is just as valid as someone else’s truth. However, is such a view sound? Can we really grant validity to two conflicting truths? This is the problem with relativism. Though it claims to bring harmony, in actual fact it destroys it. In the name of toleration, it not only allows that which is harmful and detrimental to humanity to persist in its destructive work, but numbs humanity to the point where we do not know right from wrong and we fail to take a strong stand for what is truly reprehensible.
Jesus said He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Often we ignore these absolute claims and label Him as one of the many ways man can follow. But clearly this is not what Christ intended Himself to be or for people to understand Him as. He is the only Way that man can be saved from sin. No matter how hard we try, we cannot save ourselves from our wickedness. Only when we acknowledge that He alone has the power to save and personally accept His sacrifice on the cross as having paid for the penalty for our sins will our relationship with God be restored. Through Him we are placed on the path to Heaven; knowing that it is Christ alone who takes us there when we choose to submit to His redemptive work in our lives once we have allowed Him into our hearts. He is the only Truth for He is the embodiment of truth as revealed through His creation, the prophecies contained in His Word, and Christ Himself; whose perfection and validity was affirmed not only by His disciples, but even His most ardent persecutors. In Him there is Life, for He is the Giver of Life. Through His resurrection we have newness of life and are active participants in His restorative mission for the entire world. Only through Him will His perfect righteousness and love be made manifest in us and overflow from us to bring healing to this broken world. When we accept the absolute claims of Christ, we can rest in the fact that our trust is not misplaced, and that through Him there is an assured hope and restoration for all as He reconciles man to Himself.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.