There are times when the term “overwhelming evidence” is used to overwhelm reason and attempt to stall a deeper and more integrous investigation of fact.
People become overwhelmed when they are buried beneath what appears to be an insurmountable mass of evidence against them. The mass of opposing evidence is used to suffocate any attempt to defend their innocence. Many times the accumulated “evidence” are half sentences of a larger truth, innuendo, or an outright lie designed to prematurely align with the bias of the perpetrators who are rushing to judgment.
If you have ever been innocent of something and come under the weight of a mass of accusations, the first wave of accusations takes your breath away because it feels like you have no hope or remedy. Without God, that would be true. But with God, like faith, truth the size of a mustard seed has a way of working its way up through the suffocating mass to make itself known in glaring terms contradicting the well-crafted assault against your integrity.
In our world, there is a great deal of theater taking place. All actors do not perform in a stage production or in a film. Some actors hold political office, stand behind pulpits, or pen opinion pieces for a biased journalistic rag. Others are people we considered to be good friends or close business associates we trusted but we sadly discovered had joined the accusing crowd adding the weight of betrayal to our burden.
When anyone tells you the evidence regarding anything is overwhelming and the verdict is final, that should be a signal to slow down and wait for the final truth to emerge. Only the gavel of God is capable of pronouncing something final.