Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesdays With Words: Faith containeth Truth

Faith containeth Truth.

What an odd phrase.  We generally think of Faith and Truth more as companions, alongside Love (or perhaps Charity dependent upon your translation and tradition).  Please forgive my slow brainedness, I typed Truth, I was thinking Hope, and now it doesn't make a lot of sense. Oh, well, the passage is still splendid.

Here, in The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle, he shows how companions can contain one another and work together.

According to Merlin, Excalibur is an excellent sword: "of so great a temper that he may cut in twain either a feather or a bar of iron." It is powerful and precise, yet it in itself is insufficient.

The scabbard, though, Merlin explains, is where it's at: "his sheath of such a sort that he who wears it can suffer no wound in battle, neither may he lose a single drop of blood."

That's some sort of sheath.

The story continues, but Pyle sums up at the end of the chapter, he shares this fantastic bit of wisdom:

He shows how Faith and Truth work hand in hand ... Faith covers and protects Truth. Faith heals wounds of battle. But Truth, Truth is the shining sword - that two edged sword of the Word of God - that protects and can be wielded with power and precision. The two together are necessary for facing your battles.

In this chapter ... King Pellinor submitted to King Arthur's rule when Arthur used Excalibur for his battle - Pellinor became a useful part of the kingdom. Arthur was defended in his fight from being injured. King Arthur, because of Love, did not destroy Pellinor, but graciously incorporated him into the kingdom where he could use his power rightly.

Maybe that's how Love comes in ... how we wield Faith and Truth.

Hmmmm ...


  1. I love the image of Truth as a sword and Faith as the sheath. Awesome.

    1. As metaphors go, it was a really really communicative one. I could so easily picture it!

  2. Thanks, Dawn. I just added a link to my thoughts on Brideshead Revisited. I'm not sure what to make of it...


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