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Maybe you're hoping your good deeds will outweigh your bad

But try that in a court of law

Imagine you stole some money. Lots of money. You're standing before the judge and before he passes sentence he asks you if you have anything to say for yourself. Hoping your good deeds will outweigh or cancel your one really bad deed, you say something like this...

"But your honour, the $10,000 I stole from those old people was unlike me. I'm normally a good law-abiding person. This is the first time I've been trouble with the law. Can't you see that deep down, I'm a good person. Please, let me go free."

What would the judge say? Probably something like this...

"Sir/Madam, you have been found guilty of a crime and have by your own admission confessed to the crime. You also knew it to be wrong at the time because you have a conscience. It does not matter how many good works you have done, or even if you committed the crime 20 years ago. You committed a crime and have been found guilty. The law now demands your crime must be paid for. You're going to prison."

How much more then will the court of God's divine justice demand that you pay for your sin!

The Bible says, "the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished" (Nahum 1:3 in the Bible) and "he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth" (Psalm 93:16).

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