Originally Posted by Legion
Though I don't know about keltic63's humanity stuff. I would think it would be better to err on the side of the law, due to the fact that humanity is corrupt and wicked and incapable of independently acting rightly.
Jesus prevented the "lawful" execution of a woman caught in adultery. She was about to be stoned, as she should have been according to the law. Instead, he allowed the law to be broken! Jesus broke the law in order to save the woman, in both the physical (literal) sense, as well as in the spiritual sense. He "erred on the side of humanity." He acted "humanely" or with compassion.