The point is why did they tolerate a horrendous act like burning someone alive? What were they afraid of?
Should we still fear what they were afraid of?
When implementing change (whether the law, religion, business, etc) it’s important to understand WHY something was put into place when making changes. That way, you don’t just correct something that needs to be fixed, but you also do not introduce new, unforeseen problems.
Burning people alive was an EXTREME reaction by society to societal issues at the time. But ignoring their fears could allow the very thing they feared (a Godless society) to come true.
This doesn’t mean we need to return to burning people - far from it - , but we do need to figure out a better way of balancing mercy and justice (law) because regardless of how advanced we think we are, we still haven’t figured out how to do properly balance Mercy and Justice. Until we do, we are only destined to repeat history.
Parting question: how long will it be before mobs start killing people for the “heresy” of vocally being Pro Life or believing that marriage is between one man & one woman for the creation of children, etc.?