The phrase “go down the rabbit hole” probably comes from the 19th century novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll published in 1865. Alice crawls into and falls down the rabbit hole and ends up in a strange place called Wonderland.
Which faith rabbit hole are you going down? Four sources of authority determine beliefs and practices: Scripture, experience, tradition, and reason. One rabbit hole is to treat these four sources of authority as equals, like four points of a square. So in a liberal practice of faith, Scripture can be trumped by tradition, experience, and/or reason. This leads to all kinds of interpretations of the Bible.
I have chosen to go down the Bible rabbit hole. I determine to put Scripture above experience, tradition, and reason. Scripture trumps all three. Tradition, reason, and experience must be constantly corrected by what the Scripture says. This hole leads to a biblical worldview which is quite opposite of our culture’s.
I am a conservative in my faith. I seek to rest my faith on the Bible. I believe the Bible is inspired by God, authoritative, powerful to change lives, and sufficient for our beliefs and practices. Theology is what we believe about God. Does the God-inspired Bible determine what you believe about God? Or do you determine what you believe about God through human-inspired tradition, reason, and experience?
The Gospel is the God-given story of Jesus, who died for our sins, rose from the dead, and who offers grace to those who accept Him as Lord and Savior. The apostle Peter said, “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 NLT).
If tradition, reason, and/or experience says there are other ways to get to heaven, then the crucifixion of Jesus for your sin-problem was unnecessary. So a liberal faith-system can even deny the most essential teaching of Scripture, that Jesus is the only Savior.
So what is your source of authority? Where will that rabbit hole lead?
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