Bismillah, Allahumma Salli Wasallaim A’la Nabiiyyina Muhammad (Sal Allahu Aleyhi wasallam)
The following article is one of the works of Late Brother Sharjil (may Allah have mercy on him). I am presenting it to you wth some editing and helpful additions. May Allah accept these works of brother Sharjil and may Allah forgive him and give him a Place in Jannat ul firdaws. Ameen.
“I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE” JOHN 10:30
Many Christians quote this verse and they also quote john 10:31-33 to support their argument such as:
“Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 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. “
The Christians stop at verse 33 and say that here Jesus claimed to be God and hence the jews started stoning him.
When we read the very next verse after john 10:33, Jesus Christ himself responds to to this misunderstanding of Jews (and some christians today).
Many Christians do not quote the next verse which gives jesus’s response to the jewish claim that he was claiming to be God, and in this verse jesus denies their accusation that he claimed to be god.
Tthe jews accused jesus of claiming divinity and the christians also say that jesus was making this assertion and claim but jesus clearly denies this in John 10:34-36
Let’s see jesus’s response to their accusation.
John 10:34-36 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
In reply to the jews accusation Jesus replies by quoting Psalms 82:6 “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” In other words jesus is telling them that if your own book calls you as God , why are you accusing me when i only said i’m a son of god? You are called Gods n i’m only saying i’m a son of God.
Jesus says i’m only calling myself son of elohim where as you are called elohim and if jesus really claimed divinity, what other accusation do the jews need to kill him?? this is more than what they want, infact there can be no reason greater than this, but rather they accuse him and condemn him because he claimed to be the messiah. The analogy is like a robber who robs a bank and also a coke tin and he is accused n imprisoned for the theft of the coke tin and not the bank robbery.
Moreover if jesus meant divinity by saying “i and the father are one” he would have used the word “heis” for “one” and not “hen”, the word in john 10.30 is “hen” which means one in purpose not in status or person.
1 corinthians 3.8, where this same word “hen” is used and see how it is translated by NIB,NIV,NLT, NRS,
1Cor 3:8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose*, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.
The greek that is translated as “have a common purpose” is the same word “hen”
Jesus does not mean the oneness that the christian thinks because the greek is “hen estin” which means “one we are” or “we are one”
Also if you say that jesus is God because he said that he was one with the father, then his disciples are also Gods or are in God head just as jesus because jesus uses the word one, only once as pertaining to him and God but uses it 5 times in relating the disciples with God.
John 17:11 “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.
John 17:21 “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
John 17:22 “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
John 17:23 “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Is jesus praying that the 12 disciples including judas(the traitor) be taken into godhead? NO!!
He means that they may be one in purpose just as jesus and god are.
I hope this reply is sufficient for the christians.
Note One more thing here:
Many english translations translate verse 36 and have jesus refer to himself as “THE Son of God,” while in the greek text the definite article “the, i.e ho/thon” is absent , the greek has jesus calling himself as “A Son of God”, and not as “THE Son of God”. Refer to the ASV, ERV, NIV etc. which have excluded the word “the” or either its in brackets as in ASV. Now what can the translator do, to translate it correctly while not having jesus being called as “a” son?? they translate it as “i am god’s son”. Refer to NIV, ASV, DBY etc and YNG traslates it as “Son of God I am?”.
May Allah guide us All. Ameen.