Posted by: Postordinandy | February 18, 2015

John 18 (pt 10)

What is truth?


Pilates’ question echoes through the ages,

And even after so many years have passed,

The temptation remains to see partiality as whole,

And outlaw alternative that are uncomfortable or simply ‘other’.


Pilate did the same, of course.

His question was loaded with rhetoric,

A dismissal of a parallel, rather than a genuine enquiry,

An escape route from an uncomfortable conference,

A wrestling back of his own momentum.


An honest exploration of the concept,

Requires more intellectual wrestling than Pilate can afford,

And so he moves steadily back towards the hand-basin,

Eyes wide and watching for an alternative ending,

Where truth is once again owned by the Empire.


““You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate.” [John 18:37]

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