There’s someone that posts bible verses on a facebook group they really shouldn’t be posting them on but they doggedly post because they think that’s their place in life I guess. It’s funny to read the replies most of the time though so whatever. Every time religion or the bible comes across my radar I do this really intense thinking session for about two minutes and come up with a new opinion or a refined one. When this guy posts a nice sounding bible verse, someone else will take the time to quote a verse that contradicts it or says something horrid and that led me to my latest thought.
The bible is a substitute for confidence in one’s own beliefs and who they choose to be. If you are a really nice person who wants to make the world a better place and have a positive impact on everyone you can, you use the positive parts of the bible that talk about that sort of thing to back up your decision. The decision to be someone who, for example, chooses to devote all their time to helping people instead of going after money, fame and power like perhaps their friends or family would like them to do. You can say “Well look, it says to do this in the bible and I’m going to do it therefore I’m right in what I choose to do”.
At the same time, miserable, judgmental assholes with zero perspective on life, the universe, and everything will take all the “though shalt nots” and the reigning down fiery wrath parts of the bible and use it to justify being dicks to everyone. “You fags are going to burn in hell” “What? It says so in the bible, don’t look at me like I’M the one that said it!”
The realization was not that people pick and choose the parts of the bible they want to acknowledge, that’s pretty well documented throughout history, the realization was that the bible is a support system for people that can’t just say “Hey, I’ve thought about it and this is what I think of the world/people/you and I don’t care what you have to say about it”.