Biblical references to obeying the laws of man? Biblical references to obeying the laws of man?

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There is a massive conflict between obedience to God and obedience to the rulers that God has placed over us. Obviously, as noted above in #3, this came to be a particular thorny issue at the time of Paul's writing of Romans, as authorities and rulers were persecuting Christians. Thus the issue of how to respond as Christians when your God-appointed rulers were demanding you to recant your faith became of particular importance. Romans 13 is key in presenting obedience as part of Christian duty, as long as you recognise the higher authority of God on your life.

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Obeying laws is something God expects His people to do (Exodus 20:6, for example:  "But if you love me and obey my laws, I will be kind to your families for thousands of generations.").  There are lots of references to obeying God's laws.  As long as the laws of man don't directly contradict those, we are to obey the laws of our land. 

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In Peter 2:13-16, people are to submit themselves to the ordinances of man, whether he is king or governor.  According to this passage, it is the will of God for people to obey, for by doing so they may put to silence "the ignorance of foolish men"-----

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Another common New Testament story is that of paying taxes.  In Matthew 22 or Luke 20 you can find the story of the teachers of the law and chief priests trying to trap Jesus after he has spoken against them in a parable .  Faking interest they are completely disingenuous when they ask him if it is right to pay taxes to Caesar.  Jesus has them take out a coin and identify the face on it.  They (of course)...

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