This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last site edit: September 21 2017
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
What is Truth?
On our beautiful planet where tribalism is King, Mythtakes parade as Truth.
There are those who insist that there is no such thing as truth! Is that true?
If so, that statement is self-negating and just committed suicide.
For an elongated answer you don't need me, but just go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth
The general answer, though, has it that all is relative! There are no absolutes. Then again the initial consensus out of the above seems to be that truth is in some way related to reality. Anything beyond that is useless speculation.
Yet the reality idea opens up another can of philosophical worms to go fishing with in the quagmire of human thought for a boot up.
But to repeat the question in the biblical context of this site:
Pilate says to Him, "What is truth?" ASV
What lead to this shrug-of-the-shoulders question?
Here is a bit of what preceded it:
33 Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus, and said to him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" 34 Jesus answered, "Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about me?" 35 Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? your own nation and the chief priests delivered you up to me; what have you done?" 36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then my servants would be fighting, that I might not be delivered up to the Jews; but as it is, my kingdom is not of this realm." 37 Pilate therefore said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "you say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice." 38 Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, "I find no guilt in him. (John 18:33-38) ASV
To what reality did truth here connect to?
That Jesus was a Jew, part of the Jewish realm, the people Israel and that he was not to rule over Israel as did David, because Israel were on death-row since the Temple's first destruction and the deposing of their last king Zedekiah by the Babylonians and doomed to execution for her adulteries, divorced from her Husband Jehovah and for the transgressions of Israel's other alias: His firstborn son who was about to lose his entire inheritance along with his life.
This world Christ’s Kingdom was not to become a part of, was the same Jesus had come to die in place of -John 3:16.
It was the same fold he was going to add other sheep to -John 10:16.
Did Jesus here mean that he was not a part of the universe? J because that is what the Greek word kosmov kosmos has now been commandeered to mean in the biblical context!
Just look up at the night sky on a cloudless night and behold the decorating
garland of the Milky Way
and its organised structure - the very words that define the Greek kosmov kosmos (Strong's 2889).
OK! OK! Cut the suspense - what is it?
The world and flock of Israel
The world Jesus is alleged to have used above, translates one of three Greek originals frequently translated world.
Jesus, who did not converse in Greek with Pilate but used a word that was appropriately translated into Greek with kosmos here identified in Strong's bible dictionary with #2889 and defined:
2889 kosmov kosmos kos'-mos
probably from the base of 2865; TDNT-3:868,459; n m
AV-world 186, adorning 1; 187
1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government
2) ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, 'the heavenly hosts', as the ornament of the heavens.
World is misleading, without a qualifier as a world of whatever; sport, fashion, politics, science or Israel.
What is so very and specifically interesting about kosmos is its governmental aspect, because Israel were the only people given governmental structure by Jehovah.
Did Jesus come for the lost sheep of the now divorced and desolate ex-wife of God, Israel or for those of His firstborn son Israel (Exodus 4:22) in order to allow them to continue to run with the original promises God had made to Abraham? Certainly the latter, for the ex-wife had to be executed never to appear again.
God's firstborn son Israel, however, also died in Jesus, first as their second Passover lamb to save their lives as a people and also as an their final Atonement lamb for forgiveness of their transgressions against the Law.
The much broader term used by the inspired bible writers is Strong's 3625 which is the feminine noun oikoumenh oikoumene which basically means the whole inhabited earth, but was also used by self-aggrandizing despots to describe their exclusive domains.
kosmos, however, has the character of domain, realm or geographical reach and the people of that realm and is the word used at the end of verse 36 above in translation of the idea evoked by the demonstrative used there to properly convey Jesus' intent. He was no part of this, the very world he had come to and was in: Israel!
Jesus came indeed to and for the realm of Israel to die in their collective place, but not to rule on David's throne and kick the Romans out.
Jesus was the sacrificial victim here.
and that's about the relative truth of it!
As for Christianity's Mythtakes, who can count them all but God? These have spread their tentacles in sated sufficiency throughout its realm and permeated into its every nook and cranny too thoroughly for me to comment on any further.
Please stroll through is site for the details, if you are in a meandering mood.