Many non-Christians look at the Bible as a book replete with laws, rules, and regulations. Yet, according to Rousas John Rushdoony - Christian writer and father-in-law of Gary North (see link on the left sidebar) - rabbinical traditions have counted 613 separate laws in the Torah, our Old Testament. Six hundred thirteen. And, many of these laws were subsequently repealed by Jesus's blood.
According to Rushdoony, current local, state, and federal laws number in the millions. Millions! And, what have we gotten for all those laws, rules, regulations, etc? Certainly not Heaven on Earth.
Is Christianity heavy-handed with its number of laws? Not at all. Is government heavy-handed? Absolutely!
note: Thanks to Steve Scott at From the Pew for the Rushdoony count.