About a year and a half ago, Jacob over on “Heart Issues for Todd Wood” formulated some questions for me with this post title – “What shall we make of God’s oneness?”
He ends his post with these questions: “(1) But what are we to make of John 17? (2) Do you agree that this is the primary text from which we should interpret the meaning of God’s oneness? (3) What do you make of its emphasis on our potential to be brought into the very same oneness currently shared by the Father and the Son?”
In response, (1) John 17 is one of the most glorious and sacred texts in all of Scripture, especially for me as I live in the Mormon corridor. In answer to the next question (2), John 1 lays out the eternal unity of Jesus and the Father that I have not experienced as a finite creature. John 17 lays out unity with the Godhead that I presently experience. And in thinking of the last question (3) it is not just a future potential, I have already been given the glory.
Now, I have three questions for my readers.
(1) If thousands of Orthodox Jewish men, gathered together at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, does this reflect what Jesus is praying in John 17?
(2) If a quarter of a million LDS joined together in Salt Lake City for the 180th General Annual Conference (April 3-4), would this resemble the oneness mentioned by the Savior?
(3) What about a million bowed Muslim knees at Mecca in 2010?