What’s wrong with that? Only the fact that the journalist is recommending that an official forecast of inflation be decided upon without reference to anything other than that such a forecast would help to bring about the wishes of the powerful. And what’s wrong with that? Simply that such an “official” forecast will not be based on truth or on facts – it will be a fiction, a lie.
Back-pedal now to AD 30 and look at the incident in bold above. Three power groups - all burdened with authority - are asked, “Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” Should we expect a truthful answer?
But first, what’s all this about John’s baptism? A year or two earlier, John had captivated the minds and hearts of the people by warning them to turn from their sinful lives and sinful conduct. Tens of thousands flocked to hear him preach. Those who truly heard openly confessed their change of heart and direction by being baptized in the Jordan River. Why this amazing response?
Thus the Jerusalem authorities were being asked a simple question. Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” The religio-political powers discussed this with the legal and judicial powers and with those whose powers came because they were respected celebrities. But they didn’t discuss whether it was true or false that John’s baptism was from above. Instead they discussed the effect that alternative answers would have. The outcome of their response was more important to them than the truth of their response.
These men didn’t like the outcome of a “from heaven” answer. Moreover, they didn’t like the outcome of a “from man” answer either. So they answered that they did not know where it came from. Like so many of us.
These men of authority had a deeper problem than being “don’t-knows”. For them truth had become a matter of pragmatism. But was their problem worse than that?
By asking Jesus, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority” they hoped to nail him for blasphemy. If he said that his authority came from being the Lord God – or that the Lord God had given him authority – they would not, under any circumstances believe it.