Jesus did not say He is the way, the truth, and the life, and that only He is the way to the Father.
There is nothing rational about believing that Jesus is the only way for all time unless you have tunnel vision. When Jesus said that He was the way, the truth, and the life; and no man could come unto the Father, but by Jesus. But that did not mean that the ONLY way, truth and life for all time; and it did not mean that no man could EVER come unto the Father, but by Jesus.
Jesus did not say:
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the only way, the truth, and the life for all time: no man ever cometh unto the Father, but by me
This is logic 101 stuff. Let's say that when you were three years old your dad said that the only way you can ride a bike is if you ride a tricycle; that does not mean that when you are a teenager you have to keep riding a tricycle. No, you can ride a 10 speed when you are older, and then when you are an adult you can ride a motorcycle.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me
Is really no different than what Baha'u'llah said about gaining access to the Father….
“Thou hast gained admittance into the Paradise of God’s Remembrance, through thy recognition of Him Who is the Embodiment of that Remembrance amongst men.” Gleanings p. 303
I don't really want to burn the Bible. I told you that was just a feeling I had and it is in a certain context... I feel that way because I believe that the Baha'i Faith is the truth that God wants everyone to adhere to in this age and I see no hope for that ever happening as long as Christians cling to the Bible, and I would say the same thing about Jews clinging to the Torah because they cling as much or more than Christians cling to the Bible!
Glad you asked. The primary reason is because I believe that Baha'u'llah revealed the message that humanity needs in this age, including the oneness of religion and the unity of mankind. I also could never believe in any religion that taught that it is "the only way" because that makes no sense, and no just and loving God would reveal that message to His Messenger.
Another reason I am a Baha'i is because of the overwhelming evidence that shows that Baha'u'llah was who He claimed to be. Last night I explained that on another thread.
adrian009 said: Does historical fact matter or should religious myth be accorded the same status as fact? We’re discussing religion after all. How important are facts to you within your religious belief or worldview? Does it really matter? Why or why not?
Trailblazer said: Facts are more important to me than anything else, and that is why I became a Baha'i in the first place. The first thing I did when I heard of Baha'u'llah back in 1970 was look in the Encyclopedia Britannica to find out of Baha'u'llah was a real person. After that I read whaever books had been published about the Bahai faitrh at that time and I read the Writings of Bahaulah and abdul-Baha, but what really convinced me that the Baha'i Faith was true was Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era because there were a lot of facts in there.
Emotions can be very misleading so I rely upon facts. As I always tell people, I never had any mushy-gushy feelings towards God or Baha'u'llah; I just know that the Baha'i Faith is the truth from God for this age because of the facts surrounding the life and mission of Baha'u'llah and because the theology is logical.
It was only 43 years after I had become a Baha'i that I connected with the Writings of Baha'u'llah on both an intellectual and an emotional level when I read Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh for the first time with serious intent, and that is when I realized without a doubt that Baha'u'llah was speaking for God. My life has never been the same since. Before that I had believed in God and I knew Baha'u'llah was a Messenger of God; after that I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that God existed and Baha'u'llah was His Representative for this age. Such was the effect that little book had upon my heart and mind. In the Preface to the paperback it says:
“Gleanings is a book for meditative study. It is not a book of history and facts, but of love and spiritual power. No one can understand the faith of the thousands of martyred followers of the Bab, unless he catches the spirit of this book. No one can appreciate why thousands of Baha’is give up the comfort of settled homes and move into strange countries to tell the people about Baha’u’llah, unless he clearly glimpses the spirit of this book.” Gleanings
And now that I have clearly glimpsed the spirit of this book I guess I am a lifer.
#22 Trailblazer, Yesterday at 5:51 PM
I would also like to point out that I was not raised in any religion so I had no bias. I was not even searching for God or a religion when I discovered the Baha'i Faith.
The bold above is a very good point. I hadn't thought of it that way.