I am the way, and the truth, and the life Explanation of John 14:6
What is the Correct way to come close to God?
This principle is enshrined in the Gospel according to John 14:6: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” Although those who worship Jesus commonly quote this verse as part of the evidence for his divinity, Jesus did not invite people to worship himself instead of God, or as God.
If these words were spoken by Jesus, what they mean is that one cannot worship God except in the way defined by the way Almighty God taught all prophets including prophet Jesus.
He emphasized to his disciples that they could only worship God by the way which he had taught them. In the Qur’an, Chapter Aal ‘Imran (3: 31) God instructs Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to instruct mankind to follow him if they genuinely love God:
“Tell [the people]: If you really love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive your sins, for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”
The way of the prophets is the only way to God because it was prescribed by God himself and the purpose of the prophets was to convey Allah’s instructions to mankind. Without prophets, people would not know how to worship Allah. Consequently, all prophets informed their followers of how to worship God. Conversely, adding anything to the religion brought by the prophets is incorrect.
Any changes made to the religion after the time of the prophets represents would be a deviation inspired by Satan.
In this regard, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was reported to have said, “Whoever adds anything new to the religion of Islam, will have it rejected [by God].”7.
Furthermore, anyone who worshipped Allah contrary to prophet Jesus’ instructions, would have worshipped in vain. First and foremost, it must be realized that Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, was the last in the line of Jewish prophets. He lived according to the Torah, the law of Moses, and taught his followers to do likewise.
In Matthew 5:17-18, Jesus stated: “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the [way of] the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.”
Unfortunately, about five years after the end of Jesus’ ministry, a young rabbi by the name of Saul of Tarsus, who claimed to have seen Jesus in a vision, began to change Jesus’ way. Paul (his Roman name) had considerable respect for Roman philosophy, and he spoke proudly of his own Roman citizenship.
His conviction was that non-Jews who became Christians should not be burdened with the Torah in any respect. The author of Acts 13:39 quotes Paul as saying, “And by him every one that believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.”
It was primarily through the efforts of Paul that the Church began to take on its non-Jewish character. Paul wrote most of the New Testament letters (epistles), which the Church accepts as the official doctrine and inspired.
Scripture. These letters do not preserve the Gospel of Jesus or even represent it; instead, Paul transformed the teachings of Christ into a Hellenic (Greco-Roman) philosophy.
The following are some examples of teachings which Prophet Jesus followed and taught, but which were later abandoned by the Church. However, most of these teachings
were revived in the final message of Islam brought by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and remain a fundamental part of Muslim religious practices until today.–
Almighty Allah is the highest and most knowledgeable, and the attribution of knowledge to him is the safest.
Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan
Prepared by Mohamad Mostafa Nassar- Australia.
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