Health & Spirit

Revisiting the past for the sake of reflection and discussion

By Rabbi Marc Gellman, Tribune Content Agency on

Q: You recently wrote, "What Jesus seems to be saying clearly is that there are many ways to God -- many mansions." A mansion is not a means, or a "way," a path, if you will, to get anywhere. A mansion is a place to reside once you have arrived at your destination. There is a huge difference between a destination and the path you must take to arrive there. -- C

A: Yes, but in order to get to the mansion you need a path and if Jesus taught in John 14:2 that "In my father's house there are many mansions," it must also mean that there are many paths to God. I have dedicated my life, as did Tommy, to the belief that there are many paths up the same mountain to God.


Q: Hello, I'm a junior at Mercy High School in Middletown Conn., and every day we read a different article from God Squad in Theology class and we reflect on it. My teacher was wondering if you still had the article from Aug. 17, 2017. If you could get back to me as soon as possible that would be great.

Thanks. -- I

A: Dear I,

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I hope the following article is the one you were looking for. I am very touched that you use my column in your class. If your class has any questions for me, please write to me and I will try to answer them in my column regularly. This is also an invitation to the many teachers and students and Bible study groups who use my column for teaching and theology conversations. I particularly love answering questions from high school students. Your minds are waking up to complex truths.

God bless you,

Marc Gellman

(Question and answer from Aug. 17, 2017 below)


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