Spirit of the law versus the letter of the law


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  • Bob Pomeroy Bisbee, AZ
    Feb. 6, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    When 'truth' and 'law' become 'graven images', both are lost. That's what happens when 'judgment' and 'inspiration', and 'responsibility' are shoved out of the picture.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Feb. 6, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    I like the question "Is it right?" It's a good question to ask yourself any time you have to wonder if the spirit of the law or the letter of the law should be obeyed.

    But the statement "I began to notice those things were "weakening my reason": a lack of sleep; political correctness; embracing the worlds definition of tolerance, morality and ethics; or going to places or being in a situation where the Spirit could not be" troubled me. Why? Because so often we only think of "moral" issues in terms of sexual issues instead of political issues. For instance, is it right to deny same sex couples the joy of a union. Is it right to split families in the name of imigration?

    I'm sure there will be many that will justify their actions based on the letter or the spirit of the law and even say it was right. But to say something is right is a much bigger question then staying up late at night or political correctness. "What is right" is the basis of choice that each of us has an humans and the foundation of our debate on the issues.