While Pilate was convinced that Jesus had committed no crime he was still at a loss to understand the Lord’s personal defense of being a “King” from another, more sacred realm.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg stated that the Roman Empire represents or symbolizes the intellectual (reasoning) power of the human mind within this biblical narrative. At the time, this reasoning power of humankind (represented by Pilate) was devoid of spiritual truth—it consisted of reasoning from external or worldly observation. This outer observation (empiricism) only has a partial glimpse of reality.
But truth also embraces another, deeper reality. It is in the best interests of the human race to become aware of this inner reality. It represents who we really are and determines what part of us survives the death of the physical body.
Ironically, many of our manifestations prove the existence of this deeper reality. For instance, when we are insincere, hypocritical, or cultivate hidden agendas, it proves that there is an inner realm of our personality that can hide itself from the outside world. The Lord Jesus came into the physical world to bring more attention to humankind’s inner world—so that it would not become an exemplar of hell. This inner realm is where Jesus sets up his special kingdom and governance.
So there is cosmological truth (outside the person) and personal truth (inside the person).
Swedenborg also claimed that “truth” is the form of “good.” Humans have an obscure understanding of this particular and rarefied definition when they say “knowledge is power.” The power that knowledge gives a person is to accomplish something deemed positive and valuable—thus, good!
My award-winning book Proving God shows how science can be aligned and unified with theological truth, and that salvation is the lawful transformation of nature’s physical laws into their psycho-spiritual equivalents.