Many Christians today use human reason to determine the meaning of their personal experiences more than they use the Bible. Many who do so would deny that they are doing so, and often times they are aided in that claim by pastors and preachers who have torn some Bible verses out-of-context in order to “prove” that a certain experience should be validly interpreted in a certain way. In response to this trend towards forming beliefs based on experience rather than Scripture, some other Christians raise the cry of “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone), harkening back to the return to the authority and sufficiency of the Bible which was championed at the time of the Protestant Reformation.
But sadly, this call to “Sola Scriptura” is often misunderstood to mean that experience has no place in the Christian life. That is blatantly false. Both today and in the Scripture, experience is an essential and valid part of the Christian life. But the value and meaning of experience all depends on what we use to interpret our experience.