Jesus said “I am THE WAY, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn 14:6).
· Modernism responded, “No way!” There is no God so there is no way to come to him.
· Post-Modernism responded: “Wait a minute! Maybe there are many gods – all kinds of expressions of divinity and spirituality. So maybe there are many ways! One way works for you; another way works for me”.
Both generations are pole-axed by Jesus’ categorical statement: There is only one way to the only God – the one God who really is and the Jesus who really is the way.
As we think of Jesus as “The Way”, there are at least two aspects we need to consider.
· Jesus is the only way to God: there are many ways to get lost, but there is only one way to be found
· Jesus is the only way to live: there are many other lifestyles, but they are all dead ends.
The world at large has overwhelmingly bought into the notion that there are many ways. And now the idea that Jesus is The Way has taken a beating in the church too. In The Disconnected Generation (Word; 2000), Josh McDowell surveyed 3700 Christian young people in U.S. churches. He found that:
- 46% suspect that "it does not matter what religious faith you follow because all faiths teach similar lessons"
- 65% of Christian youth either believe or suspect that there is no way to tell which religion is true.