I think that at our core we all have the same purpose in this life. We know we have a purpose and we think it’s a number of things. We go to school, get training or education, we find jobs, get into relationships and marry or co-habitat with those partners, we have children, we buy houses and cars, travel and take up causes. Sometimes we are lucky enough to do everything we wanted to do and yet we find ourselves still feeling like we haven’t achieved our purpose. That’s because we probably haven’t. What I believe we were put here to do is to know and experience God, which is the underlying love and order behind everything in this world.
That brings me to the title of this post. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Where does that statement fit in with my belief that we were all put here to experience God (again as the underlying love and order behind everything). I know a lot of people who would say that they are experiencing God by accepting Jesus as their savior and worshiping him. To me that’s just a less devious way of breaking the first commandment. Jesus was a son of God just as I am a daughter of God. He was not God, but he did what most of us will never do and that is came to fully know and experience God.
All true mystics and spiritual teachers, no matter what religion they label themselves, will agree that Jesus was one of the most God realized individuals. He reached the level where he was living from that place within himself that is Divine. The human Jesus was cast aside when he reached enlightenment. So there are two ideas as to what he meant when he said “I am the way.”
The first is that he was speaking not as Jesus, but as the Christ. Perhaps he had his hand over his heart as he spoke and was emphasizing that the path to God is found within the heart. Maybe if we’d been seated at his feet he would have reached down and touched our hearts. I imagine Jesus as a very humble man, I can’t imagine him standing on a pedestal and insisting that the only way to meet God is to come to him first.
The other idea which was presented in Paul Ferrini’s series is that Jesus wasn’t saying come to me, but instead he was saying to follow my lead. Do as I do, live the way you see me living, practice forgiveness, keep an open heart, and love even your enemies. The more you live from that heart space, where love and forgiveness preside, the more you are living as God. The “way” is not to come to Jesus and hope that he will do something for you, but allow his actions and words to lead you to do something for yourself.
My spiritual journey is all about seeking the God experience. And to me that experience is felt as love and comfort. When I can shift an angry reaction to a loving one, I am connecting with God. Jesus paved a pathway that I can walk along. I can seek his guidance through books and meditation. I can do the same with other mystics and spiritual teachers that are no longer here in human form.
Ultimately it is all about what makes each of us individually experience the love (God) which is present in us and all around us all the time. If believing Jesus is God allows that love to fill you up than that is your truth and your way. For me, I am comforted to know that following the example Jesus set will bring me closer to knowing God from the inside out.