Monday, October 31, 2016

Acts 25:16 (KJV) Roman Model of Justice

Acts 25:16 (KJV)
To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face, and have licence to answer for himself concerning the crime laid against him.
The Roman system was far from perfect but it seems obvious why the founders of the United States looked to the ancient Roman government as a pattern for the one they would create. In this one instance, while there were injustices, an attempt at treating Paul fairly and justly is apparent.
  • Festus did not require Paul to be drug back to Jerusalem at the whim of his accusers but placed the burden upon the accusers 
  • When an obvious judgment could not be given two options for appeal were available to Paul and his own choice was accepted
  • Before being sent to Caesar, every opportunity to gather evidence for the higher officials was made
When everything was said and done, Paul became the victim of a fickle Caesar. Still, there is an impressive model for justice here.
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Acts 25:16 (KJV) Roman Model of Justice

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