Also, Jesus said that the only way to the father was through him (Jesus).
Jesus said that no man cometh unto the Father but by the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Wayâ„¢ is the message, not the messenger.
Really? Let's see if Christ himself agrees with that assessment...
5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" 6Jesus answered, "I AM THE WAY and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know[a] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
Believe what you want but get your facts straight. How can one call themself Christian (literally follower of Christ) and deny Christ's own words?
First, I've been talking about being Christian, not about claiming to be Christian.
Allow me to rephrase then:
How can someone be a christian (literally a Christ-follower) what Christ himself proclaimed to be the way?
Second, I already said that we don't have to swallow hook-line-and-sinker what people say about Christ (or what they claim He said).
But that is the picture of Christ that we have, like it or not. If you strip away the historical picture of who Christ was, what is left? You haven't replaced one concept of the historical figure with another, you've erased him. Which leaves one nothing to be a follower of..
The problem I have with your interpretation is your insistence on only one way. If He was comparing Himself to a road, that automatically implies more than one road. All roads might lead to Rome, but there's no such thing as "one road", only networks of roads.
There's no "change" there at all. That's what the metaphor implies, unless you insist a priori on your interpretation and yours alone. When the driver says, "Yes, this is the bus to New Jersey," you'd be the one who's overreaching if you insisted it was the only bus to New Jersey.
It's has nothing to do with me saying that there's "one road" or my "a priori" interpretations. It's what Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, the life; "No one comes to the Father except through me". How much more un-ambiguous can the text be? How many roads is Jesus allowing for? And how can one be a Christian who denies the only way (means, path, direction..) according to Christ himself???