Presuppositions. A fancy word which means an implicit assumption about the world or a background belief relating to an utterance whose truth is taken for granted in discourse. Whew! Everyone has presuppositions. We assume that everything we believe is correct — or else we wouldn’t believe it!
The Pharisees, like us, had a lot of presuppositions. They assumed they were entirely correct in their view of the Sabbath and their view of Jesus. But before them stands a man who is looking around for the first time in his life. He’s starting fresh. All his assumptions and presuppositions have been radically altered by one act from this “sinner” — Jesus.
Frustrated that their inquisition isn’t helping them in the least, they put the man born blind on the spot again and add an ingredient to the dispute, an ingredient that worked well for the Pharisees — GUILT!
“What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” No situation is too difficult or complicated that a little guilt can’t be added to it! “You started this! Your blindness caused Jesus to work on the Sabbath! What do you have to say for yourself?”
But the man born blind “hasn’t got time for the . . . guilt” (to borrow the words from an old Carly Simon song). He declares about Jesus “He is a prophet.” Oops. Wrong answer. And the dialogue will continue to seriously degenerate in the next few moments. (to be continued)