darthOB1 - See Leviticus 11:10-12. It's one of the purity laws. I think I can love God and my neighbor jst fine and not follow it, thus I'm challenging your assertionn that loving God and neighbor automatically means automatically obeying all of the old Law. But your ascribing the same values of the laws that the Pharassies were condemed by Jesus for! They beat people down with the letter of the law without observing its principals! We are no longer under the Mosaic law. But perhaps I should have used the words "10 Commandments" instead of Mosaic law. However, ?Christ is the end of the Law? (Ro 10:4), which results in Christians? being ?discharged from the Law.? (Ro 7:6) Neither Jesus nor his disciples made any distinction between so-called moral and ceremonial laws. They quoted from the other parts of the Law as well as from the Ten Commandments and considered all of it equally binding on those under the Law. Does this mean that God does not want us to eat crab or any other sea creature that doesn't have scales? Of course not. A lot of the mosaic laws besides the 10 commandments were put in place to protect the Israelites not to burden them. They were put in place to keep them healthy and free from preventable diseases. (cleanliness stuff as you put it) In regards to Pharasaical ammendments, we might say that those added laws and traditions became affixed to the Mosaic Law much as barnacles become attached to the hull of a ship. A shipowner goes to great lengths to scrape these pesky creatures from his ship because they slow the vessel and destroy its rustproof paint. Likewise, the oral laws and traditions encumbered the Law and exposed it to corrosive misuse. However, instead of scraping such extraneous laws away, the rabbis kept adding more. By the time the Messiah came to fulfill the Law, the ?ship? was so encrusted with ?barnacles? that it was barely afloat! (Compare Proverbs 16:25.) Rather than protecting the Law covenant, these religious leaders committed the folly of betraying it. For one thing, you cannot assume these verses are talking about the same law. You must take the context into account. The verse in Hebrews are obviously referring to the imperfection of the ceremonial ordinances. Looking at the Matthew verse in context, we can see Christ was referring to the moral laws. Nicely put! And Fire_man the Bible cannot contradict!! If you can reason in your head that the apostle Paul's teachings are in direct conflict with Jesus' then you need to seriously reconsider what and how you believe! ElfStar - How is one to differentiate between moral and ceremonial laws? What makes, say, cooking a lamb in its mother's milk different from, for example, committing adultery? Which one breaks Jesus' pricipals? Makes it real easy huh?