why we've grouped some questions around Authority?

All that mankind thinks and does is based on some kind of authority.  It is present and presumed, regardless of any stated acknowledgment.  In religion and spiritual matters, authority may be rooted in a particular denominational creed, a single individual or designated group of individuals, or tradition(s).  It might even come from the world, such as science, or even from within man (his own authority).

The Bible Study Framework and this site, Scripture interprets Scripture, recognizes the Bible, God’s word, as our sole governing authority for all spiritual and secular matters in this world.

  • Sola scriptura, meaning scripture alone, originated as a doctrinal position of Martin Luther’s movement away from and out of the Catholic Church. As a Christian theological position, sola scriptura stands opposed to the elevation of authority above that of God’s [more]

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  • There are many in the religious world today that claim to be an apostle. More than simply “a messenger” (Greek meaning of the word “apostle”), a title of “Apostle” is given or assumed by individuals wishing to mimick the authority [more]

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  • God has relied on messengers throughout history, but tracking the messengers of God through Scripture reveals some interesting things about God’s character and His word. It also has rather damning implications for “Churches” and individuals making claims about their own [more]

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  • Attempting to understand the Bible can be difficult. For many centuries, the Catholic Church taught that the Bible could only be understood by an ordained priest. In modern times, people like N.T. Wright and other [more]

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  • The Ten Commandments are recorded in Exodus 20. They were given to Moses by God and written on tablets of stone. According to IMDb, the classic 1956 movie “The Ten Commandments” (staring Charlton Heston) is the [more]

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  • Some maintain that Jude quotes from the apocryphal book of Enoch. Often, this is put forward as a statement of fact in order to move forward to the much “larger” discussions regarding the meaning of extra-Biblical quotes, their place in [more]

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  • “It’s a miracle!” That’s an exclamation we hear often and have probably uttered ourselves. It might be used to describe passing a test you didn’t study for or to sum up a great, come-from-behind victory. For example, the great Olympic [more]

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  • Whether or not the Bible is the complete revelation of God has profound implications on Christianity today. If the Bible isn’t the complete revelation of God, then the door remains open to “other” revelation.

    “Other” could be other scriptural authority [more]

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  • Where we worship God has often been debated through the years. Some hold to the idea that worship must occur in a cathedral — an often ornate structure dedicated to the worship of God. Others don’t take much stock [more]

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  • The children of Israel were surrounded by prophets that claimed to be speaking for God but they were actually false prophets. In fact, by most accounts in the Old Testament, most “prophets” were false prophets and there were two [more]

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  • The word Bible is from the Greek and Latin meaning “book” or “books”. The Christian Bible as we know it is made up of two Testaments or Covenants (Old and New) that together might also be referred to as [more]

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  • Scripture interprets Scripture is built on the belief that all Scripture is from God. Biblical hermeneutics, or the study of the principles of interpretation of Scripture, may assume authority in the means and methods used to interpret Scripture. In [more]

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  • “Follow your heart” is a common refrain from those in the world. Or maybe you’ve heard someone say, “the heart wants what the heart wants?” Telling someone to “follow your heart” is usually meant to be aspirational and reassuring. [more]

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  • Has the God of the universe changed over time? Is God’s character subject to “evolving” the same way that you and I would develop over time? God’s character not changing is sometimes described as the immutability of God [more]

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  • You’ve probably seen the red-letter Bible — in fact, you probably own one. These Bibles place all of Jesus’ words in prominent red letters in order to stand out from all the other recorded words in Scripture. This is [more]

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