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Discovering God's Kingdom – Growing the Church

Saturday 25 April

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) 

In a passage which is often read at funerals (John 14:1-6), Jesus explains that there are many dwelling places in God’s Kingdom where Jesus would be going, and he finishes with the following phrase:  No one comes to the father except through me. 

This phrase has been used by many to point to the exclusivity of Christianity and to make harsh and unloving claims about other religions, but perhaps it was more of a reflection that only those who follow the lifestyle that Jesus lived and the inner truth that he taught, can experience the full nature of life as God intended us to enjoy it.

'Mahatma' (great soul), Gandhi, the leader of the Indian nationalist movement is widely considered the father of his country. His doctrine of non-violent protest to achieve political and social progress has been hugely influential and was primarily influenced by Hinduism and also by elements of Christianity.

He said: There is an indefinable mysterious power that pervades everything. I feel it though I do not see it.  It is this unseen power which makes itself felt and yet defies all proof because it is so unlike all that I perceive through my senses.

It transcends the senses… Even in ordinary affairs we know that people do not know who rules or why and how he rules, and yet they know that there is a power that certainly rules.

That informing power or spirit is God, and since nothing else that I see merely through the senses can or will persist HE alone IS.  I see this power as purely benevolent..... hence I gather that God is life, truth, light. He is Love. He is the supreme Good. (Mahatma Gandhi - 17.10.1931.)     

I am the way and the truth and the life – no one comes to the father except through me.  Without faith life is like a journey that leads nowhere. To have faith is to believe that we have a lasting home to go to.

And as Ghandi said: A person with a grain of faith in God never loses hope, because he or she believes in the ultimate triumph of truth.