1. A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority
If a law is perfectly written, but poorly policed, is the law a failure?
So if a law is poorly written, but policed wonderfully, surely it would be a successful failure?
My thoughts come from the many religious debates you see exploding on to any free speech forum you may find. What I wish to establish is that I understand the arguements from both sides, yet both can also often be flawed. Organised religion (I am pointing out christianity for today by way of example) polices the rules, regulations and principles set out in the bible, (while collecting a fee). Richard and Ghandi explain it better than I could in a couple of quotes.
Richard Le Gallienne wrote:
Organized Christianity has probably done more to retard the ideals that were its founder's than any other agency in the world.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ
Athiests, agnostics, and anyone with disdain for organised religion, cannot but recognise that despite the wisdom behind the bibles teachings, religions flaws, are in its policing of said laws. Many debates from a religious point of view are seriously flawed, in that had each principle been kept up until that point, surely it wouldnt be an issue.
Example. Everyone has spent a great deal of time fighting the abortion issue here in shore leave. I personally disagree with abortion however, understand the emotions presented someone who is faced with the prospect according to the consequences. If Sex however was kept within the marriage arrangement, you would have a world without STDs, Dramatic fall in single parent families, Aids would die out with a generation, and abortions would have no grey area. This said however, it is a law that as humans, we would never want for nor accept, as it places restrictions on something we all enjoy. Do we therefore abandon laws that no one wants?
Most of all the one teaching that Jesus enforced, and replaced all other laws with was the law of love based on principle. Which we as humans seem mortifiably incapable of.
I want to iterate that this is not a thread about abortion or any particular moral, and the precursor is based on the assumption that God exists and inspired the bible. questioning those are for seperate threads. It is in order to focus discussion toward a couple of questions.
Firstly, Is organised religion a poor manifestation of Gods intentions?
and If the laws were established free from the authority of organised religion and policed more fully, would they solve the majority of our problems today?