The thing about laws, they remain until they are repealed or the system is overthrown. This is for secular laws, for they are passed and repealed by men. Biblical laws are divinely inspired from God – they have not been overthrown, and have not been repealed. Laws of God are eternal.
There is not one line in the Bible that specifically states any one of the earlier laws – that were written by God or uttered by Jesus – have been repealed or replaced by God or Jesus. There is a conflict between what the apostle Paul had written in his letters, and with what Jesus said during his ministry. If two people are saying not just different but dichotomous things, then you must decide to whom you will listen.
Who said what?
Paul in Galatians 3 reviewed the place of the law in the Old Testament, and stated that ‘Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us’. Later in the chapter, he adds that the law was not against the promises of God, but still that scripture had concluded all under sin through faith in Jesus Christ. The law was necessary until the sacrifice (crucifixion) of Jesus.
Jesus said in Matthew 5 that he did not come to change the law, but to fulfill it. In fact he stated specifically that till heaven and earth pass, not one iota (or tittle) shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. What is his fulfillment? As stated in John 14, Hebrews 9 and elsewhere, it is to return to Earth. The law is not going away, for when Jesus addresses the Pharisees about which is more important – law of man or of God – Jesus references Exodus 21, where disrespectful children ‘are to be put to death’. Jesus did not say ‘don’t do that’ or change the law, but reaffirmed it as God’s command. That the law is not to change at all is a reference to Isaiah 40:8, where the temporary laws of man fade in comparison to the eternal law of God The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
For you who hold your Bible, and especially call yourselves Christians, will you follow the words of a follower who converted years after Christ’s crucifixion, or Christ himself? – they say different things.
There are multiple laws in the Bible, and many are deserving death: attacking or cursing a parent, witchcraft or sorcery, doing work on the Sabbath, adultery and homosexuality, blasphemy, as well as you are not to eat pork, shellfish, meat containing blood, among many other laws (Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Exodus just for the aforementioned). These are laws that God handed down, and are if you believe in Christ more than Paul, are still laws of God and are to be followed until his return.
Following Christ over Paul, there are no qualifiers or conditions in the Bible that some laws that were given by God can be followed and others are not to be followed – laws of men are something else. If God’s law is good, then all of His laws are good and are to be obeyed. If you are actually following biblical law, then make sure menstruating women are quarantined during that time, you don’t mix fabrics, allow different livestock to graze in the same field, and that you are ready to kill people for violations as stated in the law (Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Exodus).
If you are not ready to kill someone for those violations because it is against the law of man, then which is more important – law of man or of God? If you’re still not ready to kill someone for violating the biblical laws mentioned here, that is best. It is wrong to initiate force, even if it was supposedly ‘divinely inspired’. But as such, do not hold the law of God up as a moral standard, for though the Bible may have lines such as Matthew 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment, there is also Romans 1:19-32 that lists a number of ‘sins’ (some of which are initiations of force such as murder, but others are not initiations of force such as being proud) ends with Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Isaiah was to have predicted, and Jesus specifically stated: God's law was not to change. It is humanity's use of reason that recognizes individual rights.
Let us not fool ourselves that the ‘law of God’ is good.