Most Christians insist that the Divine, in Jesus, walked the face of the earth for the first and last time (barring his Second Coming). As a result, countless people find themselves oblivious to other avenues of Divine manifestation--both ancient and current--or reluctant to explore those avenues, preferring the pains of spiritual poverty to charges of spiritual deviancy.
This claim, which continues to have a dangerous, dark, and perverse effect on our collective consciousness, arose, in part, from Jesus’ own words:
“‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6, RSV)
To understand this statement, we must look at what Jesus said earlier:
“‘In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?’” (John 14:2, RSV)
I hear Jesus saying, “I know my Father’s house. It’s a big house with a lot of rooms, and I got one ready for you. I know how to get in, you don’t. So, listen up! If you want to get inside, you have to stick close to me. Just do what I do.”
Let’s liken Jesus to a forest guide, and the meaning of his words will become even clearer. If you’re trying to reach a particular open space within a forest, do you continue on without a guide, do you follow a guide who’s knowledgeable about another open space, or do you follow the guide in front of you who knows the way to your chosen destination?
May Jesus the Guide and those who follow him be blessed. May all Guides be blessed. May all those who have undertaken the journey home be blessed.