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While Jesus’ sacrifice did replace the physical sacrifices, it did not do away with God’s law. Indeed, He said He came to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17 Matthew 5:17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
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Paul’s writings are often used to do away with any laws not expressly stated in the New Testament. Yet Paul refers to the law as wonderful when it comes to how you live your life, but as nothing when it comes to salvation; meaning even if you could keep the law, it alone can’t save you. The Bible does clearly show that you should keep the law (Revelation 22:14 Revelation 22:14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
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; Matthew 19:17 Matthew 19:17And he said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.
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; Hebrews 5:9 Hebrews 5:9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey him;
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). We are saved by grace, not by the keeping of the law. However, many then want to “choose” what laws they wish to keep as long as they have “grace” and “love.” But how do you show love toward God, a requirement Jesus made (Matthew 22:37 Matthew 22:37Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
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), if it is not by following God’s laws? The apostle John even defined godly love as “keeping the commandments” (1 John 5:3 1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
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When it comes to how to live your life, law is wonderful. In England, I drive on the left side of the road, respecting their laws, while in the U.S. I drive on the right side. I follow each country’s laws. I don’t try to force my preference on the country I visit. I comply.

Let’s look at what would happen if we did away with these driving laws created by man. If we decided to drive on whichever side of the road we wish, the result would be chaos, accidents and death. It would not be showing love to God or our neighbor.

Satan realized that if we keep different laws it brings what he wants: chaos. Thus he has deceived the whole world into choosing its own laws, whether in physical elements, moral or spiritual. You can’t have world peace without a common law.

In America, people tout diversity as strength. Indeed, it can be strength, and it was when people came to this country in prior centuries and assimilated into the population and accepted the laws of the land. With immigrants, old and new, all keeping the same laws set up by our founding fathers on a biblical base, we have had tremendous prosperity. God directed a single law for all in Israel (Exodus 12:49 Exodus 12:49One law shall be to him that is home born, and to the stranger that sojournes among you.
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; Leviticus 24:22 Leviticus 24:22You shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.
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; Numbers 15:16 Numbers 15:16One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojournes with you.
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However, recent immigration has not brought strength when people come and try to bring their own different set of laws with them. We see that when communities want to set up Sharia Law in parts of  America and Europe. In many ways, these two sets of laws are so different that keeping the one violates the other.

The world, under Satan’s sway, will eventually try to create one world government, selling it as a panacea to mankind’s problems. But it will be under Satan’s selfish way of life, and will never benefit all people. We will see the failure of man’s final attempt to rule himself before the return of Christ to start the Millennium.

When Jesus Christ returns, He will set up one law for all people and require them to keep it. God’s law will bring peace and prosperity and the opportunity for salvation “by grace” to all who will accept it. 

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