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The Question Jesus Doesn't Answer John 18:33-37

The Question Jesus Doesn't Answer

"What is truth?" is not an unanswerable question, but finding the answer requires listening to Jesus.

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Parents expect questions from their children that defy an answer. "Why is the sky blue?" Yet, most of these questions do, indeed, have answers. In today's gospel reading, a Roman governor asks a question that has vexed philosophers, politicians and pastors for millennia: "What is truth?" Here's our take.

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For material based on today's Revelation text, see "The Unchanging Christ," November 22, 2009, at

Here are a few questions gleaned from the Internet that are supposed to be impossible to answer:

- When does it stop being partly cloudy and start being partly sunny?

- Which baby is the cutest ever?

- How can something be both "new" and "improved," 'cause if it's new, what was it improving on?

- What is another word for "thesaurus"?

- Would you rather be able only to whisper, or able only to shout?

- Can you cry underwater?

You can find these and many more so-called unanswerable questions...

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