What/who is the ULTIMATE authority in your life? Who gets the last word?
The following excerpt from a book I have been reading addresses this question:
All religion rests on authority. In fact, every academic discipline and every sphere of human inquiry rests on authority. Whether we realize it or not, we all give someone or something the last word—our parents, our culture, our community, our feelings, the government, peer-reviewed journals, opinion polls, impressions, or a holy book. We all have someone or something that we turn to as the final arbiter of truth claims. For Christians, this authority is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Of course, we can misunderstand and misapply the word of God. But when interpreted correctly–paying attention to the original context, considering the literary genre, thinking through authorial intent–the Bible is never wrong in what it affirms and must never be marginalized as anything less that the last word on everything it teaches. (Taking God At His Word, By: Kevin DeYoung)