Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Are we losing sound biblical doctrine to extra-biblical fallible experience? Has scripture become a strain on contemporary American christianity? Could we have a good, helpful discussion on the cons, and pros (if any) of interpreting scripture though individual life experiences? I would love to have the discussion, but for now, I’ll just express my concern on this matter.
Prima Scriptura states: Scriptures are the sole infallible rule of faith and practice, but that the Scriptures’ meaning can be mediated through many kinds of secondary authority, such as the ordinary teaching offices of the Church, antiquity, the councils of the Christian Church, reason, and experience.
If Proverbs 30:6 is true, then adding to God’s word would have to include our experience. For example if we can agree that Romans 10:17 is true, and faith does come from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ, then we would be adding to God’s word if we said, “but I came to Christ through touching a cross”. Scripture very often contradicts our experiences, and choices. Unfortunately sinful nature would often take the route that suits it, and scripture isn’t it.
Making our experience complimentary to scripture in essence calls the integrity of scripture into question. Is scripture incomplete without our experiences that often contradict the scripture? Should we be seeking repentance from wanting to be God over our lives(since we don’t want to take what God has already said as authoritative)? These are questions that we should ask in order to become more biblical followers of Jesus.