originally posted by: Realtruth
Whether you're far left, or far right if someone breaks the law should there be consequences?
Although both God and Men create laws, both God and Men allow violations of those laws from time to time.
The enforcer of the law has "discretion" to determine on a case by case basis whether the law should be enforced in any particular instance.
In the case of God, he may forgive, or he may punish. You can't tell in advance, which he is going to do, so you better follow the law.
However, sometimes, individuals disobey a law because of their particular circumstances.
So, when judging, both God and Men use the information about the extenuating circumstances to determine if to forgive or to punish.
It is possible to create an environment where nobody can violate the law. [God didn't do this, for good reason. It's called "mercy."]
But, when special circumstances arise in an individual's life, that policy leads to very "severe" conditions to live under.
It is also possible to create an environment where people can violate the law, but always get punished for it. For example, the traffic light camera
that always takes a pic of the licence plate of the driver speeding through the orange or red light.
That is also a very "oppressive" environment. After all, there may be no other traffic about, maybe at 3am in the morning, and the driver is in a
hurry to get home or to hospital to deliver a baby, etc..but the camera never sleeps, nor ever looks away.
No law should be "absolute". Even the gravitational law can be bent by using airplanes to go up instead of always walking on the ground.
All laws are really "guidelines", that suggest how people should conduct themselves for the greater good. From time to time, each law has to be
enforced on occasion, to retain the force of law. Since, any law that has been unenforced for some long time becomes null and void.
For this reason, police departments often have enforcement "drives", where they go out and enforce some scarcely used law. e.g. the law against
"jaywalking" is usually enforced about once a year, while for the rest of the year all violators get a pass.
A lot depends on the particular law. The law against murder, is almost certain to be enforced on each occurrence of a violation, while the jaywalking
law is rarely applied, and many people may not even be aware they have broken the law by crossing the street at the wrong point.
So, it all depends on the particular law.