Why do we use the Bible as our authority for life, faith, and worship?

Jesus was clear that men added to what God had written, and He kept referring back to what GOD wrote, not what man taught. Peter, James, and Paul quoted scripture to decide how things should work in the church. We should follow their example.

Mark 7:5-7 (quoting Isaiah 29:13)

5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with ‘unclean’ hands?” 6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: ” ‘These people honor me with their but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’

John 6:45 (quoting Isaiah 54:13)

It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.

Acts 1:20 (quoting Psalm 69:25; 109:8)

“For,” said Peter, “it is written in the book of Psalms, ” ‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and, ” ‘May another take his place of leadership.’

Acts 15:13-18 (quoting Amos 9:11-12)

13 When they finished, James spoke up: “Brothers, listen to me. 14 Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: 16 ” ‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, 17 that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’ 18 that have been known for ages

Romans 1:17 (quoting Hab. 2:4)

17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

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