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Who Was The Church Authority

Biblical scholars tell us that the last book of the New Testament was not written until the end of the 1st century A.D. That left a gap between Our Lords Ascension into Heaven and the completion of the Bible. "Who or what served as the final, infallible authority during that time?"

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Again I want to agree with john.
---mima on 2/19/08


The Holy Spirit. HE is the one who moved holy men of God to write in the first place so He must be the authority. It is the Holy Spirit that Jesus said would guide us into all truth.
---john on 5/12/07


Ramon - the early church really did not have any central authority in the first century. According to Roman Catholic historian Eamon Duffy, many of the early church organization "reflected that of the various Jewish synagogues out of which they had grown". There was NO central church or single authority but "each conducted its own worship, appointed its own leaders and cared for its own members". Eamon Duffy, "Saints & Sinners" - a history of the popes, page 6-7
---lee on 4/26/06


Ramon - while it is true that a great majority of the early church of the first century did not have the New Testament, they treasured the writings of the apostles and often shared them with other churches. They had a catechism of sorts from which they drew many of their beliefs and lessons from. Of course, there was the Old Testament documents that they often referred to as well.
---lee on 4/26/06


lee-The apostles themselves were the authority in the church during the first century. When there was disagreements, they met at councils to settle the problem - Acts 15. (After their demise, the scripture they left was recognized as the ultimate authority) .Where are you getting this information? The bible was not even around then. And why would it go to the church as the final authority then to now the scriptures?
---ruben on 4/26/06




The apostles themselves were the authority in the church during the first century. When there was disagreements, they met at councils to settle the problem - Acts 15. After their demise, the scripture they left was recognized as the ultimate authority.
---lee on 4/26/06


During the period you're talking about there were many people still alive that has seen Jesus Christ after he had risen. The glue that held the message together and worked the way around every different idea and doctrine was just that. They preach Jesus Christ crucified and risen by their own knowledge.
---mima on 3/14/06


During the period you're talking about there were many people still alive that has seen Jesus Christ after he had risen. The glue that held the message together and worked the way around every different idea and doctrine was just that. They preach Jesus Christ crucified and risen by their own knowledge.
---mima on 3/14/06


In the dispute over keeping the law the apostles said "it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and us.." The word says that all scripture is given by inspiration of God. The word says holy men of old spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The final authority is of God, and His Son, by His Spirit. Katherine.
---Katherine on 2/18/06


When there was a dispute over circumcision, they took it to the Elders in Jerusalem.
---1st_cliff on 2/17/06




Most likely the apostles were the main source of authority, and the OT
---mike6553 on 2/17/06


The Holy Spirit...it guided all writers of the Bible.
---wes on 2/17/06


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