What is truth? – John 18:38
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Pontius Pilate shrugs off justice with a cynical “What is truth?” – a dismissal that would allow him, and us, to do the politically expedient thing of going along with the mob. Or just the crowd, depending.
Sometimes a question is not a question, but a cynical answer. A dismal of any further consideration.
For Pilate, truth was just relative.
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And now, since we upon whom the Ends of the World are come, have seen it so come to pass, that People are gone from this Gift of God in themselves, to the many outward Observations of Days, Times and superstitious Customs, thinking to find Christ in them, whilst they shut their Eyes against his Light, which shineth in their Consciences, to guide their Feet in the Path of Peace. Is it not high Time for his faithful Watchmen, who see the Danger of such a State, to cry aloud unto the People, that they may take Warning before it be too late; and therefore do they lift up their Voice like a Trumpet, to sound a Retreat to the Inhabitants of the Earth, who are without the spiritual City of Refuge, that they may return in Time, and lay hold of the Horns of the Heavenly Altar, and get into the Habitation or Tower of Safety, before the Enemy of their Souls take the strong Hold of their Hearts, and fortify himself against them, and keep them without the Gates, till the Avenger of Blood (who once would have had Mercy on them) pursue and overtake them, and so they be destroyed; therefore, right glad are the Hearts of many, that ever they heard this joyful Sound, Retire to the inward Grace. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)
No wonder Jesus remained silent.