Some people read:
"I am the way, ...no one comes to the Father, but
When reading this verse, for some reason some people see
in it a confirmation of the Trinity. Although I can not see
how they can read either an explicit or even an implicit
reference to the Trinity in this verse, still, due to it's
popularity it deserves to be studied
There appear to be a sizable number of Christians who
when reading this verse interpret it to state that Jesus is
God and that no one shall enter into heaven except if they
worship Jesus. For this reason this verse should ideally be
dealt with in section 1.2.3 (The 'Son of God'), however,
since it is brought up so often in discussions of the
Trinity it appears to be appropriate to discuss it here.
The popular perception that this verse claims that Jesus
requires our worship in order for us to receive salvation is
not the intended meaning of this verse. However, in order
for us to recognize this fact it is necessary to study it's
If we were to back up a little and read from the
beginning of this chapter, we would find that just before
Jesus spoke these words, he said;
"In my Father's house are many mansions (dwelling
places); if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go
to prepare a mansion (a dwelling place) for you."
The above statement is quite clear. It is in exact
conformance to the teachings of the Qur'an. In the Qur'an we
are told how God sent messengers to all tribes and nations.
We are told that the basic message which was given to each
of these tribes was the same: "Worship God alone and worship
none else." Some of the secondary details of this worship
might differ from one tribe or nation to the next according
to God's infinite wisdom and his knowledge of those people.
It was made very clear to each prophet that he was not to
preach to anyone but his own people. It was further made
clear to this messenger's people that if they were to obey
him that they would receive the reward of God. God would not
hold them accountable for what any other tribe or nation did
or did not do. This would continue until God's last
messenger, Muhammad (pbuh) would be sent to all mankind as
the seal of the prophets.
This is exactly what Jesus is saying here. He said that
in God's mansion there are "many" rooms. Jesus
was sent to guide to only one of them. The countless
other rooms were reserved for other tribes and nations if
they would obey their messengers. However, Jesus was telling
his followers that they need not worry themselves about the
other rooms. Anyone from among his people who wished to
enter into the room which was reserved for them could only
do so if they followed Jesus and obeyed his command. So
Jesus confirmed that he was going to prepare "a" mansion and
not "all" the mansions in "my Father's house".
Further, the verse clearly states that Jesus was the
"WAY" to a mansion. He did not say that he is the
"DESTINATION" which would be the case if he were God. What
else would we expect a prophet of God to say
except "I am the 'way' to God's mercy"? That is his
job. That is what a prophet does. It is why
God chose him in the first place; in order to guide
to the mercy of God. This is indeed confirmed in John 10:9
where Jesus tells us that he is "the door" to "the pasture."
In other words, he is the "prophet" who guides his people to
"heaven" (see also Jn. 12:44). Once again, this is the
message of Islam.
"Not every one that says to me(Jesus); 'Lord, Lord,'
will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will
of my Father, who is in heaven."
Here, once again is our table:
God is ONE
Isaiah 43:10-11, Deuteronomy 4:39, Isaiah 45:18,
Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 45:6, Isaiah 45:22, Exodus
20:3, Exodus 34:14
God is TWO
John 10:30 |
God is THREE
1 John 5:7 |
II Corinthians 13:14,
God is MANY
Genesis 1:26 |