The Israelites transported the Ark of the Covenant from place to place and God said NOT to touch the Ark. Remember when it went to fall off the cart and the one man reached out to catch it and he was struck dead? As a child it always seemed rather cruel to me. I think it's quite natural to instinctively want to protect something that you find sacred or precious. I also understand that God means what He says. There is such a thing as a 'death-bed' confession, such as the thief on the cross, but this shows that we never know when death will befall us so it'd be wise to be ready at all times. But what about a screw-up you don't have time to repent of, such as this man?