Are You Guilty?
Are you ever a bit confused by the criminal court system in America? I am. It seems rather strange that a person that is clearly guilty from testimonies of credible witnesses, video tapes of the crime, and overwhelmingly convicting evidence found on the perpetrator/car/home/or office of the one charged with the crime… that the accused would plead “not guilty”. Why does an attorney encourage the client to enter that plea?
When making a decision regarding whether to plead guilty or not guilty, a criminal defendant must weigh important considerations. Many criminal defendants believe that they are guilty of a crime that they are charged with. However, they may not want to plead guilty, instead deciding to force the prosecution to attempt to prove their guilt. Remember that one is presumed innocent until being proven guilty. (https://www.hg.org/legal-articles/pleading-not-guilty-even-when-guilty-40222).
A defendant was on trial for murder in Oklahoma. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no body. In the defense’s closing statement, the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, resorted to a trick. “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all,” the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. “Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom.” He looked toward the courtroom door. The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly.
A minute passed. Nothing happened. Finally, the lawyer said, “Actually, I made up the previous statement. But you all looked on with anticipation. I, therefore, put it to you that there is reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed and insist that you return a verdict of not guilty.” The jury, clearly confused, retired to deliberate. A few minutes later, the jury returned and pronounced a verdict of guilty. “But how?” inquired the lawyer. “You must have had some doubt; I saw all of you stare at the door.” Answered the jury foreman, “Oh, we did look. But your client never did!”
You can hide it… you can play tricks to try to cover it up… but very often we are our own worst enemy when it comes to covering up the bad things we have done. We… “self-incriminate” ourselves. Through our actions… through our inactions… even though we think we have done such a good job “hiding” it… usually the only person we are fooling is ourselves. You can tell… simply by the path we take whether or not we have separated ourselves from the will of God. (Copied).
For those who do not know Christ, there is a day coming when they will be called to the Bar of God’s Justice. No one will be “presumed innocent”. All have sinned. “None are righteous…no, not one.” In our own merit and the incriminating record of our lives, we have been perpetual offenders transgressing the laws of God. The Judge will call no witnesses for He has been and is Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent. Since those standing in the Great White Throne Judgement have chosen to disregard Jesus, they have no Advocate, no One to pay the damages of their sinfulness, and not one single infraction has been covered and expunged.
The verdict is stated “Guilty as charged”. The sentence is read, “You are forever banished from this Court, from this Judge, and from “what might have been” in the Kingdom of God. Your passion to live away from the Light and in Darkness is now court record. Therefore, this Court has determined to give you your heart’s desire. Depart from this place to your eternal home in outer darkness with all like you who loved darkness rather than light. How very sad that moment will be!