Thus, we ignore the Bible at our own peril.
The Bible says that its central personality is the ONLY way to God.
The central person in the Bible is Jesus Christ - the Son of God who came down from heaven to earth as human saviour. See John 14:6, Isaiah 8:20, Exodus 20:1-3 and Acts 4:12
Note the following:-
Summary: When you read the Bible, you are reading God's message to you.
If you read Revelation 22, the tone of finality used by the Lord Jesus shows that nothing more needs to be added to scripture. We are to anticipate his return (Revelation 22:20), not look for additions to the Bible from tradition, church councils, revelation, etc.
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." - Luke 4:4
7. The Bible claims to be sufficient for our spiritual welfare:-
This does not disqualify personal guidance from God for individual Christians, but it does refute all books, teachings or oral "revelations" that purport to continue the revelation of the Bible – the Koran, the Book of Mormon, recently formulated Catholic dogmas, revelations touted by medieval mystics, revelations proclaimed by modern "apostles" and "prophets", etc.
We must therefore examine everything we come across (Catholic and Orthodox tradition, our own customs, scientific, psychological and medical theories, etc.) and accept or reject them depending on whether they agree with the Bible.
That is, in order to interpret the Bible, you don't need an external source.
This does not disqualify the use of aids to enhance our understanding of unfamiliar terms. For example, you may want to consult the first century Jewish historian Josephus to get some background on the 'Pharisees'. This principle does disqualify a self-proclaimed expert on ancient Hebrew or Greek culture who says that unless you have his information, you will be mislead by reading the Bible.
How do we come to this conclusion?
Clarification: This principle does not negate the genuine need for Bible teaching. Catholic and orthodox apologists deliberately confuse teaching with exclusive-interpretation-rights. Paul taught the noble Bereans, but he had no exclusive interpretation rights. The Bereans cross-checked his New Testament teaching to make sure it tallied with the Old Testament (Acts 17:11).
That is, the Bible conveys specific information about the subjects that it deals with:-
You say: "I know the Lord Jesus is coming back. I don't know anymore". Well? Either you're lazy or God does not have communication skills!
That is, we shouldn't be "neutral" about Biblical subjects.
Given that the Bible speaks about topics such as baptism, homosexuality, the sequence of end time events, church government, the sequence of creation, God does not want us to shrug our shoulders and say: "A lot of people have different ideas about these things, so I'm not taking sides". God wants us to study the Bible, learn what it teaches about these things and take a stand.
It follows that if a topic or book exists in the Bible, God wants us to study it (irrespective of whether it appears to be useful to us or not). While some Biblical teachings are more important than others, all parts must be studied and stood for.
If the Bible prescribes a procedure to do a task, it is not enough to accomplish the task. We must do so using the procedure prescribed in the Bible.
Clarification: The fact that we're now in the age of grace and not law means that God does not inflict judgment instantly, but it does not mean that God's mind about adherence to detail has changed!
For Biblical commands, all that counts is obedience. God does not care about what your reasons may be for disobeying His commands in the Bible. When God told Saul to annihilate the Amalekites and their livestock he saved some of the animals, supposedly to offer sacrifices. Observe Samuel's stinging rebuke in 1 Samuel 15:22-23. The only exception is when emergencies prevent us from following procedures that God has commanded though we want to (2 Chronicles 30:18). In the New Testament age, God is prepared to wait graciously instead of sending instant punishment (contrast 2 Kings 1:10 with Luke 9:55). This does NOT mean we should be complacent! Disobedience is serious (2 Thessalonians 3:14).