The question of authority of Jesus and of the New Testament scriptures is central to understanding so many things in religion.
If Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, then his word is absolute and objective truth (John 14:6) and must be obeyed in all things. If Jesus is not the Messiah, then his teachings must be completely rejected and he must be discredited. Jesus himself claimed all authority (Matthew 28:18ff).
Jose Elias Roque, on the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ web page, wrote,”When Jesus talked, he touched the hearts of the people and there was no way to say, ‘Look He is wrong,’ because His words came from the Father. But the Jews preferred the words of men and lived like they were authoritative.”
Bro. Rogue captured the essence of the problems in religion in the past, present and future. People may reject the authority of Christ, but they will find themselves on the wrong side in judgment. That’s a terrible price to pay for wanting to have one’s own way accepting human teaching for the truth. Only the word of Christ and his apostles is truth.
Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” (John 8:31-32 ESV).
Not only can we know the truth, we must know it if we are to be saved. Why accept some human teaching for the gospel? That will put you on the wrong side.
Bro. Rogue’s fine article may be read by clicking this link at the Mt. Juliet church website: http://www.mtjuliet.org/sermons/archives/003551.html.