If you believe the bible comes from the creator of the universe then yes you have to or burn in hell for ever. "For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18-19 RSV) Clearly the Old Testament is to be abided by until the end of human existence itself. None other then Jesus said so.
"All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness..." "Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God." (2 Peter 20-21 NAB)
so be a good christian and follow the bible word for word. In closing I would like to say god is imaginary.Question everything and thank you for the question.
I have authored a book of commentary which places the first book of the Old Testament into a modern and practical context which serves, as such, to illustrate its relevance and centrality of the Old Testament to our everyday lives and to our civilization.
Bible Tabula Rasa The Book of Genesis by Chuck Morse
If people actually read the old testament, and even parts of the new testament, they would see that it commands horrible acts like stoning, burning, and even condones rape. Most of women's rights would disappear, slavery would be the norm, and anybody who isn't a Christian would probably be killed. So no. We shouldn't follow the old testers, or take it seriously.
Perhaps this question meant should CHRISTIANS follow the Old Testament, because half the world does not believe in the Abrahamic god.
Of course, Christians like to claim the OT isn't relevant any more to get around their uncomfortable reactions to the rampant violence and intolerance therein. However, in several of their Gospels, "Jesus" claims he did not come to "change a letter of the law", nor did he ever indicate the Old Testament was void.
In general, I don't believe that any of us should follow any religious form. But I respect people's choice of belief regardless. Yet one thing for sure, as we change and evolve as mankind some of the religious writings can't simply give fulfilling and proper answers to contemporary issues. That's why we had reforms, enlightenment etc. We yearn for better understanding, better answers to the questions about life.
Old testament speaks to ancient, and doesn't have much saying over contemporary matters.
No, I do not believe that we should follow the Old Testament of the Bible. The Old Testament is the part of the Bible that tells us to burn witches, not cut our hair and is against having tattoos, as well as other things. These are things that might have been relevant to society 2,000 years ago, but we have evolved a lot since then.