“Thomas saith to him: “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” Jesus saith to him: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me”” (John 14:5-6).
The notion that Jesus is the only way to God has always been a rather controversial claim—even when Jesus Himself made it. Today, however, in our postmodern, post-Christian society, it seems to be the most audacious of blasphemous against the gods of political correctness. In our multi-ethnic, multi-religious culture, who are we to say that Jesus is the only way to be saved?
Even fellow Catholics have been instilled with this idea. And yes, while the Church holds out hope that those who, through no fault of their own have not accepted the Gospel, and who nevertheless follow their consciences and the dictates of the Law written on their hearts, might be saved, that does not mean that they are saved by some other means than the grace won for us by Jesus Christ. Moreover, that doesn’t negate the truth that Jesus revealed His will for our salvation, and provided the surest means to attain it, through His Church.
I was discussing this recently with someone after last Sunday’s Mass, the readings and the Gospel (part of which is quoted above) highlighted this very truth. They couldn’t comprehend how we, as Catholics, could claim that Catholicism is the surest path to heaven. He pointedly asked whether I, who used to be a Protestant, and whose family still is, would claim that as a Protestant, my faith was somehow deficient, or whether my parents are on a less sure path to heaven. I looked at him with some incredulity for a moment as I pondered how best to answer him, before decisively answering, “Yes! That’s precisely why I became a Catholic!”
Jesus came and died a horrible, agonising death in order to save us, reconcile us with the Father, and fill us with His divine grace so that we could have life to the fullest with Him. If there was any other way to God, do we really think He would have endured the Crucifixion?
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