"When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you will not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone falls from it." (Deuteronomy 22:8)I am continually amazed at the level of detail for which God cares about our lives. Bloodguilt is not only the result of determined actions, such as murder, but is also imputed in cases of negligence, where injury is the result of the failure of someone to take reasonable precautions against harm and injury to others. Specifically, in this scripture God warns home owners that, if they are going to invite their guests up to their roof, they should install a railing to prevent them from carelessly falling off the roof. When considering good government, two conclusions can be drawn from this scripture.
1) It is reasonable to hold people liable for harm and injury to others when they have failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent injury.
2) It is reasonable for government to set minimal safety standards to prevent unintentioned injury to others.
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