Truth is the first casualty

Pilate was reported as making comment on ‘truth’ [in John 18:38]:

[36] Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

[37] Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

[38] Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

[39] But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

[40] Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.

Another version has Pilate asking ‘what is truth’ and then walking away before he is told.

In the east, they have this greeting early next Sunday morning:

Христос воскрес(-е)!

Transliteration is ‘hristos voskres’. The response is:

Воистину воскрес(-е)!

Transliteration is ‘va-istinu voskres’.

Translation is ‘Christ is risen. Truly He is risen.’

That’s next Sunday. Here, today, a day called Resurrection Sunday in the Christian church, many will do this pagan thing called the Easter egg roll – it appeals to children, unlike dry theology, but very much like all those kiddies on Westminster Bridge.

In that exchange with Pilate, there was no compromise – you either believed He was what he said and the disciples and others at the time that He rose … or you don’t. It’s as simple as that.

These two stories below from the Wail last evening are far easier to ascertain the truth of – they’re about the actions surrounding the putting out of lies, the suppression of eternal verities.

What David Attenborough told BBC viewers about this raging orangutan fighting a digger is only part of the truth… and that’s just one of the flaws in the great naturalist’s ‘alarmist’ new documentary, writes David Rose.

Greta Thunberg [is] the Swedish teenage activist inspiring climate change ‘school strikes’ in several countries, including Britain.[She] has become a global media darling, her pronouncements cherished as if they were holy writ.

New False Prophet? There are many.

‘I want you all to panic,’ she told the Davos economic forum in January: and Attenborough’s film may well have persuaded viewers to do just that – and, perhaps, to join the Extinction Rebellion barricades.

How I was compared to a Nazi – then sacked: Christian teacher fired for posting a petition against transgender issues being taught at her son’s CofE school reveals the abuse she received for standing up for her beliefs

# Kristie Higg lost job at Farmor’s School in Fairford, Gloucestershire, in January
# Sacked after sharing online protest against transgender teaching at son’s school
# One anonymous complaint accused her of offending gay and transgender pupils
# It led to immediate suspension and eventually ended the mother-of-two’s career
# One governor compared her posts to comments made by a ‘far-Right’ extremist

Truth.  What is truth?

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2 comments for “Truth is the first casualty

  1. dearieme
    April 21, 2019 at 15:01

    I don’t know anything about Roman and Jewish courts of the period. Were trials open to the public? Presumably there was a scribe to record business? But would he have recorded any more than verdicts and sentences?
    (Not that any records would have survived the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD anyway.)

    As with all historians or purported historians we should ask “how can he have known?”.

    Though it must be impossible to untangle history from propaganda in accounts of the two trials, the stories have always seemed reasonably plausible to me – much more so than many others in the bible.

    In particular, Jesus’ reluctance to state exactly what status he attributed to himself seems to arise repeatedly in Mark. I plead ignorance: is he similarly reticent in Matthew and Luke?

    • April 21, 2019 at 21:23

      Reticence? Only with authorities.

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