How can LORD Jesus Christ claim to the only way to God?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Ye had known me, ye house have known my Father also." (14:4, 6, 7.)C. Now reader mark the words of Christ! Are they a bit better than what the popes say to their dupes? Had he not set up this fraud, who would have been caught into his net? Has Christ got the monopoly of his Father? If He be under his control, he will no longer remain independent and consequently could never be God.
To say that no man cometh unto the Father but by me can never be true as God does not stand in need of any mediator? Had no one attained God before Christ? All this boasting about his Father's mansions and about his going to prepare a place for his followers and speaking with his own lips about his being the way, the truth and the life were nothing, but a hoax and hence can never be true.
Answer: If Maharishi had the capability to read the entire passage at a stretch, he would have understood that the LORD Christ was not just claiming to be a mediator as a human being; He was claiming to be God Himself. The fact that LORD Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human being makes Him the only perfect mediator.
Let us read at least the entire passage.
John 14:5-11 “Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
In this verse, LORD Jesus Christ declared that He has the exact identity with the Father. Moreover, the LORD Jesus Christ explicitly told that His words and works can be examined as evidences for what He claims.
What was the work of LORD Jesus Christ? Among the many works that LORD Jesus Christ did, there was a specific work that He did which differentiates Him from others who may claim to be the mediators and exploit people.
John 10: 11-12 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.”
This work of the LORD Jesus Christ is not replicated by others who pretend as mediators.
Further, if only Maharishi knew the Holy Scripture, he would have known that leave alone ordinary people, even the High Priest in the Old Testament times did not have access to the Throne of Grace except once in a year. For the Way was not revealed to them. But in LORD Jesus Christ, everyone who accepts Christ can boldly enter into the presence of Almighty God, thus proving that LORD Jesus Christ is the Way.
Hebrews 9: 8-9 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Oh followers of Vedas, instead of groping in the darkness, come to the feet of LORD Jesus Christ – the Only Way to the Holiest of All.