Why is it so important to submit to the authority of Scripture?

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If God talks, we should listen, and we should be responsive. So, the authority is not a response to words in a book, which is sometimes what people are accused of when they respect the Bible. Rather, the response is a personal response in the context of your personal relationship with God, recognizing that God has every right to direct your life, and to lead you, and to give you instruction and wisdom, and to encourage you, all those kinds of things. And that's what the Bible is seeking to do. So, I would be foolish not to be responsive to the authority that is inherent in the inspired Word.

Answer by Dr. Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Bock is Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.