I was just curious. What is your FINAL authority in all matters of faith and practice? I see that many folks use a lot of sources such as, versions, Greek/Hebrew, etc. and I’m not here to find fault with using whatever one feels led to use in order to understand what God is saying to him. But when it gets down to the knitty gritty what is your absolute FINAL authority? You don’t have to respond but if you do it would be interesting to me. Now I expect several responses: 1. One will most likely say, “God is my final authority.” Well, that is fine but be more specific please. How do you know what God is saying? I believe God speaks through his word. Many today believe he speaks directly but I feel there was a time when God did but not anymore – unless you are charismatic. 2. One may say, “The ‘Bible’ is my final authority.” Again, this sounds good but then please define what you mean by the “Bible”. Do you mean the “originals” or something you can hold in your hands today, or just what do you mean? 3. One may say for instance, “I use the NASV but I also use Nestle’s for some clarification.” Ok, fine – but which of the two is your FINAL authority? At any rate you don’t have to participate – you may just want to think about it – I do not plan on “debating” this issue here. I’m just curios – that’s all. I guess to be fair I should start out with my final authority. My FINAL authority is a King James Bible that can be bought at Wal-Mart for $5.95. If I can’t find the answer or principle I’m looking for in this book then I figure God is not ready to show me or I need to study and pray more. If I find a passage but just don’t really understand it then I figure that God is not ready to show me or I need to study and pray more. For example, if I run across and strange word, let’s say like, ‘unicorn’ then I just figure God is not ready to show me or I need to study and pray more. But I don’t presume it is an error just because I don’t understand it or have never heard of one or seen one. And I don’t panic when one goes to other sources or the ancient languages – I don’t because I do not know the ancient languages - I have enough problems with simple English! For me I have found the King James Bible more than sufficient along with a concordance and a Webster’s 1828 dictionary to help me with the English words. But my final authority is a King James Bible that I can buy anywhere. OK – enough of me. A penny for your thoughts? What is your final authority in all matters of faith and practice? May God bless.