God makes laws.
And people make more laws.
Strangely enough, we often care more about man-made laws than the ones God instituted.
And Paul speaks directly to these man-made laws when he says, "Now about food sacrificed to
idols . . ."
I don't believe he is addressing food sacrificed to idols as much as he is addressing traditions we cling to, traditions with a degree of wisdom, but not established by Scripture.
He says, "Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God."
In other words, "You think you know all about what God likes, what he doesn't like. But instead of focusing on God, on knowing Him, you are focusing on what you know--and what other people don't know."
In other words, it's not about the laws or the traditions; it's about knowing God and loving people.
It's also not about freedom from laws or traditions; it's about knowing God and loving people.
Nothing else matters.