I am so tired of John 14:6 is the absolute most overused, out of context, and misunderstood verse in the whole bible. It is the one verse that separates Christianity from Christ, although it should be the one verse that brings all men to him.
Well, that is because that people feel the need to reinterpretate what the Bible is saying mostly. And i am not talking about alegories etc.
First you need to understand he was not talking to you he was talking to his disciples; they knew he was the son of God.
Actually, it was the answer to Thomas who asked
“Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”And His answer was :
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
As you can see from the above He was replying to Thomas. Here is question for you. Is that the same Thomas, that did not believe unless he could touch Jesus wounds? If you answer is yes, then why he did not believe even when the others told him, that they saw the Lord ? He knew and couldn´t believe ?
He was telling his disciples that no man comes to the father apart from Christ.
Have you noticed in the sentence says "except through me"? and not "except me" ? So how can you say something different other than that is written ?
The father and son are one. Anyone who knows the father knows the son. How can we know if someone has found the father?
Further in John 14 we read
7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.[d] From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
That answers you question.
Anyone who loves his brother knows God.
To be honest,you do not have to know God, in order to love your brother.
Buddha and Gandhi were men who taught that all men should love one another. If the only place that one can receive this message is Christ than you can be sure that in their pursuit of the father they have also found Christ. If they had not found Christ they could not be spreading a word of love that so closely mirrors the words of Christ.
Jesus at one point was asked:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b.] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Ghandi and Buddha, might taught universal love, but Jesus words were different.
I have not come to bring a new interpretation, but rather to clarify what the bible clearly says.
Why do you want to clarify something that the Bible clearly says ? It doesn´t make any sense to be honest. And please do not misunderstand of what i am saying here.
Since Jesus is the author of all creation thus making him the author of the Bible,
Man inspired by God wrote the Bible. Jesus is the author of life.
we know that righteousness can be found both in and apart from scripture.
His words are found in scripture and not out of the scripture.