Scripture Vs Experience/Reason

If truth is paramount, and deception is rampant, how are we to determine truth from error? Should we allow our experiences in this world determine this? Should we use our reasoning abilities? Should we just follow tradition? Where does God's word in the scriptures come into play? And what if the scriptures don't match our experiences, reasoning, or traditions?

The truth is that there is room for experience, reason, and tradition. You shouldn't completely cast those things aside. But scripture trumps all of these things. We need to make sure our experiences, reasoning, and traditions align with the scriptures. The scriptures are our ultimate source for truth. Even as we live in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we need to confirm this by making sure our thoughts are aligned with the scriptures. The Holy Spirit will never contradict the scriptures. Our experiences, reasoning, and traditions can contradict the scriptures. Tradition in and of itself is not a bad thing. Jesus and the disciples followed traditions, but they were of course traditions of God and not traditions of man. God can and does speak to us through our abilities to reason and through experience, but Satan can also do the same. So because of Satan's ability to do the same, we need to stay grounded in the scriptures so that we will not be deceived by those things.

He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: Prov. 28:26 (Ouch!)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: Jer. 17:9

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Prov. 14:12

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Prov. 3:5

My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' says the LORD. 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Ps. 119:105

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Matt. 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Luke 4:4

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: II Timothy 3:16

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. II Timothy 3:15

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. I Thess. 5:21