*A* person's opinion? Laws, as in a legal code, are usually made by a group. How that group comes to get the power to make the laws is a different question.
Is a "criminal" anyone who another person or a group takes a dislike to?
And is a "law" only to apply to others and not the person(s) who have taken this dislike?
That is not then, the rule of "the People" but of *some* people. Who has the Power? Why are they exercising it? I belive in the existance of Sin, so I don't think that a mob beating one woman is doing it from high minded or courageous reasons.
And what of things like "bearing false witness" because you don't like another person? Is it justified if one group does it, but not if another tries?
Sorry, your declaration of a woman chewing gum (or percieved as chewing gum, she might not be) as being a "criminal" and thus fair game is repellant. Would you like to be on the recieving end and accept that it was OK because the mob decided that *you* were a "criminal"?
In Pakistan, Christians have been abused, arrested or jailed just for their religion. Would you accept that treatment for yourself?
What lead to your statement about it being acceptable to beat women for possibly chewing gum, please? What was your train of thought? Thank you.
One person is responsible, in the end, for each law. There is no getting around it. It's the logical end of the Law of Oligarchy.
Yes, that is exactly what a criminal is. One can be a criminal in one country but not another, that's how the world works.
Sometimes this is the case, yes. I am not condoning it, but it's their government.
Who ever said the law must reflect what is and isn't sin? It is often the case that the law of men is at odds with the law of God. It doesn't make it right, but what country doesn't do this? It's a fact of life.
I don't think I commented on bearing false witness.
If I violate a low of a country, it is that country's job to prosecte me. And what does it matter whether I'd like it or not? What criminal likes to be punished?
Of course, that's a central feature of Christianity: persecution.
It's the law of the country, that is why. Why do people have an opinion of drug use? It's not because there is always a definitive answer, (in fact, we eat more toxic chemicals in our food than many drug users (and what is a "drug"?) consume in a week) but because they reflect the society in which they live
. You believe chewing gum is right because your society tells you so, not because there is a Orthodox position either way.