Prayer for all Believers
John 17 v 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Islamic apologists superimpose verse 22 as a context upon the words of Jesus in chapter 10 v 30:
John 10 v 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
However this is invalid because the word of God has not been revealed in such a way that we need to seek for the truth in a different context than that in which it has been given. God does not speak with holes in his logic. He does not have a speech impediment. This is not the Koran where you have bits and pieces of a logical argument left isolated that have to be pieced together to make any sense out of them. Neither does anyone have the authority to tamper with the words of God in this way. Islam sees itself as a corrector of all other religions but it is only deceiving itself.
The reaction of the Jews shows that they understood clearly the context of Jesus words claiming unity with the Father. They understood Jesus to be claiming a unity of greatness with the Father thus making himself equal to God:
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
If Jesus was claiming a unity of purpose or some other harmless and lawful unity with God the Jews would not have reacted as they did.