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  1. Christ did not answer all Pilate's questions at all. He believed that what was said (Jn 18: 36-37) was sufficient: “For this reason I was born and came into the world, that I might bear witness to the truth.” In the mouth of Jesus, truth is not an abstract philosophical category, but the fundamental principle of existence – God, without Whom, in the words of the same evangelist, “nothing was made that was made.” Pilate, on the other hand, asks with the obvious skepticism that was fashionable in Roman society at that time – many doubted that the truth could be known. Jesus Christ (The Way, the Truth, and the Life) had already told Pontius Pilate everything that was necessary (albeit allegorically), so he did not answer this rhetorical question, immediately after which the procurator goes to the chief priests and says to them: “I find no fault in Him”, offering to let Christ go (Jn 18: 38-39).

  2. Because he wasn't asked that question. What is written in the novel “The Master and Margarita” did not happen in reality. This is the fantasy of Mikhail Bulgakov.

  3. A less demagogic and appropriate answer for the interlocutor was offered by Michal Afanasyich, who remembers. “The truth is that you have a headache. And you cravenly dream of death. �And you call your favorite dog… ” – somewhere like that.

    The question went out of the format of a purely concrete one… discussions. This was neither the time nor the place for a detailed response. And “The truth is my God, and I am his Prophet” is the wrong answer. For this answer, a good “question” was suggested by the same Bulgakov: “The Procurator(propraetor) should be called hegemon (proletarian-hegemon), not to say unnecessary words. Do you understand me, or should I hit you?”. That was the answer. Like, try God – hit him! �But don't hit his prophet, don't hit him, it's no use.

    And Pilate mocked Bulgakov – only partially. And partly-I was hoping, nevertheless, to have time to hear at least something important from a still living interlocutor. And he sent it… to their God, as the Chekist pu sends to its judgment seat. “They say you're too late to talk to the Prophet in earnest, Procurator. There was a prophet , but he came out all over. And it's not up to you to try to change anything now.

  4. Answering this question, I will make a suggestion.

    These are the words of Jesus spoken in another situation, to another person:

    John 14: 6 Jesus said to him: I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you knew Me, you would know My Father. And from now on you know Him and have seen Him

    As you know, Pontius Pilate did not believe that Jesus Christ is both God and the Truth. That's why, in fact, he betrayed me to death. And all the Jewish clergy were against it, did not recognize God, which is why they took Christ to Pontius, because they did not have their own power to execute people.�

    It turns out that Jesus, answering the question about the truth to Pilate, would have to explain his Divine nature – to a man who was simply assigned to rule the occupied territory, representing the power of the emperor here, and did not understand the subtleties of faith among the locals. Moreover, the very clergy that Pilate accepted as the real spiritual authority in this region, and with the help of which he resolved management issues, had their own opinion on this matter. And what did the words of an unknown person mean for Pontius, against those who regularly prayed, knew the Torah, and to whom the people obeyed?�

    Christ performed miracles for the glory of the Father who sent Him, for those who understood the Holy Scriptures, who should have recognized in Him their God, to whom they seemed to have prayed for many centuries. But it didn't help. Pontius didn't even see these miracles.

    In general, in order to answer Pontius ' question, Jesus would have to make him informed and competent in this matter. In other words, to load the entire Torah into his consciousness, and somehow prove to him what even the sages and clergy of the Sanhedrin could not, that HE HIMSELF is the way and the TRUTH. But, let's leave aside the question of why it happened that way, and they didn't believe it. It is enough that God gave everyone freedom, and they used it exactly as described.�

    In this case, to draw an analogy, Christ's answer, if He had answered then, would not have differed much from the attempt of believers to prove, for example, “to atheists,” that Christ is GOD and the TRUTH. Useless activity. Any miracle performed by Christ could be attributed to magic tricks, or, for example, mass hypnosis, or – the action of the forces of Beelzebub. People who are not able to see the divine essence of phenomena are not able to establish their divine essence from these very phenomena, and accept them as proof of the existence of God.

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