Continuing my quest on the above topic I decided to take a look at all the verses that claim Jesus is the only way to truth/heaven/salvation (thus resulting in there not being any other possible way but through Jesus at all). In my previous post I took a look at one of these verses which is definitely the main cornerstone verse most Christians know.

Let’s unpack this claim that Jesus is the only way to salvation.

Is it possible that Jesus never intended to be the sole savior for all humanity? Is it possible that Jesus came to save and set a path, be an example but not for all humanity (although it could be)? Is it possible that He came and did what the bible mentions Him doing but there’s always been the possibility of OTHER gates, other pathways to salvation?

Before I jump to the verses I really want to iterate this progressive understanding of the purpose of Jesus: That Jesus is God, He is Savior, He is the most enlightened, wise, loving human living example of God to this day. He came to show us God. He taught enlightenment. He paved the way to salvation so and all can walk this path and go through the gate. But… not all HAVE to go through this gate. Are there other gates? Is it possible that Jesus knew about the other gates but He knew very well that for those people he met and walked and lived with He would be the only way ever? For them the path is set: Jesus’ way or bust. But, there are other ways that also lead to salvation that simply were not relevant to mention FOR THOSE people?

Why do we read the bible and apply it to all humanity? We read the verses and we think every verse applies to the entire world (yet conveniently ignore other verses that we apply only to that specific group of people or nation). We need to see it for what it is: A beautifully inspired and spiritual guide to those that lived as part of that nation, culture and society. These truths still hold today and remains relevant and true as it can be applied, found, used by anyone. But in my humble opinion the worst thing that ever came from the bible was the concept of applying the deeds/life of Jesus as the sole and exclusive truth on how God works.

What complicates the matter further is the letters written by Jesus’ followers as the rest of the new testament ALSO claiming there to be no other name/way/path to salvation but Jesus. So consider this: If you were saved by Jesus would you not also believe that to be the only way to salvation? If you lived as a “:sinner” in those times and a man from God came and showed you the light/path/salvation would you not also follow that path and probably believe it to be the only path?

Let’s go through them:

  • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

“said to Him” – meaning it could be relevant to that person only, or to the group he was addressing. This is the key verse as it is the only one spoken by Jesus himself. The rest of the verses below are all from letters written by his followers (most of whom were present when he spoke the above verse) or from writers who were in direct contact with his close followers

  • And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

Written by Luke (most common consensus) who was a close companion to Paul. Pretty high chances that both will have the same view on the salvation path being Jesus only. My interpretation of the above is that Luke (like most of the writers below) honestly believed Jesus to be the only way for ALL, hence the arrogant verse above directly removing any other name / way that may lead to salvation.

  • For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus – 1 Timothy 2:5

Written by Paul, who undoubtedly would have the same view as Luke as both of them was saved by the path Jesus paved.

  • Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. – John 3:36

Another intense verse claiming all who does not believe in Jesus will not have life. the same truth holds: If the author (the beloved disciple) truly believed this to be the only way then the verse makes complete sense.

  • And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:11-12
  • So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 10:32-33
  • No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. – 1 John 2:23
  • Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son – 2 John 1:9
  • For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. – 1 Timothy 2:5-6

Written by Paul, who undoubtedly would have the same view as Luke as both of them was saved by the path Jesus paved.

  • Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:10-12
  • This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. – 1 Timothy 2:3-6

Written by Paul, who undoubtedly would have the same view as Luke as both of them was saved by the path Jesus paved.

I hope this helps someone, as it did me. More and more I firmly believe that Jesus came as a way to save the Jews in such a way that others could also be saved. But by no means did He ever intend to be the only way.