Human error also subserves a surrogate purpose in contemporary morality, which is primarily founded upon our instantiation of the still-evolving Judeo-Christian ethos. Sin and error each consists of nonconformity to a standard set by an external authority. Much depends on what one believes about the nature of that authority as the essential arbiter of justice under such circumstances. Error is a more acceptable modern term than sin, especially in an increasingly secular society that considers itself underpinned by “science.” If one truly believes in a totally and absolutely powerful deity, then, in Christian terms, the determination of and punishment meted out must be left to that deity (“…vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord”).