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The Way, The Truth, and The Life

October 19, 2011

One of the most famous verses in the Bible, is John 14:6 — “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” But what does this Bible verse mean? Most Christian authorities interpret this Bible verse as meaning that Jesus is the inter-mediator between us and God; after all, is known throughout the New Testament as the Son of God, who incarnated himself as a mere human, so as to be close with us and teach of his ways as a friend, and ultimately to be the scapegoat of our sin, living a life of perfection and taking on himself the sins of the world, that the debt of our sins might be repaid in his sacrifice. Even if you don’t believe in the Christian account, many cultures (including some that precede the Christian account of Jesus) have some form of the telling of the story of the ultimate sacrifice, of a virtuous man sacrificing himself to cleanse the world of its wickedness.

But if Jesus was the Son of God, and humans are, as creations of God, made in the image of God, then “I am the way, the truth, and the life” is more than just a description of Jesus’s relationship to God– it’s a description of the godliness found in all of us. So if these three aspects of life, our “way of life”, the “truth” by which which we live, and the “life” by which our existence is made meaningful, are the triadic manifestation of God’s character, then what are the aspects of God’s character which in living are so manifested?

First we have “The Way”, which is our direction in life. as a part of God’s character, our way of living is derived from “Knowledge”. In fact, the eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” provided the knowledge for, among many other things, the choice between a life of good, and a life of evil, and the consequences that each of these lives entail. The more we know, the more possible directions we have to choose from, and consequently, the more aware of “choice” we become. This can be considered our “Mind”

Secondly, we have “The Truth”, which serves as our Conscience in life, determining what is right and wrong, true and false, pleasurable and painful, and the causal relationship between our actions, and how they effect others. This aspect of our character can be considered our “Heart”

Finally, we have the “Life”, that which drives us to do something with what Knowledge we have attained, and also to acquire more knowledge with which to further manifest our potential. This aspect is what drives us also to communicate, both with the world and with ourselves, and to live as meaningful of a life as possible. “This aspect can be considered our “Spirit”

Together, all of these aspects form the manifestation of God, the source of which is the human soul, triadized as mind, heart, and spirit. As the extension of God’s consciousness, they serve as agents of God, providing us the way, truth, and life by which to live as meaningful, fulfilling, and happy of lives as possible. So even if you don’t believe in the Jesus story, you can be sure that, even if only metaphorical, Jesus resides in all of us.

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