It's odd to me because you'd think these lines are related to each other, so you'd need to read its context and preceding and following lines in order to get what it means. Yet, people tend to quote things out of order and at random.
What's up with that?
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I agree. People tend to interpret the scripures themselves, but they take it out of context. The Holy Bible is in harmony from the beginning- Genesis to the end - Revelation. Scripture interprets scripture. There's also a continuos theme throughout the bible too.
A lot of Christendom's Churches twist the meaning of scriptures to fit around their beliefs, but what they forget is the scriptures before and after a particular verse they quote actually disprove their own belief and faith0
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"Thou shalt not ask any stupid questions and just be quiet and read your bible. Criticism of the holy scripture or people who believe in it is a sin and will be punished with eternal torture." Luke 18:23
No, I'm just joking, Luke never actually said that ;-)
The reason why religious people do this is called cherry picking. What this means is this: there is a small minority of religious fundamentalists who are so incredibly stupid and morally corrupted that they take everything in the bible literally and don't think any of it is ethically wrong or questionable. If god says slavery is good, it's gotta be good. But most religious people are not that crazy. Most religious people are in an extremely difficult dilemma because on the one hand, they want to believe in a religion and in a holy book which are full of racism, homophobia, child abuse, violence etc., but on the other hand they also have a rational mind an a heart which tell them that this is wrong. So how do they solve this dilemma? They simply just grab the good parts of the bible (the cherries), the things they like and enjoy and pretend the rest had never been written. It's the same with christians' old testament argument. If you try to point out to them that the bible is full of violence and hatred, they usually say "well, that's just the old testament". Now, that's actually not even true because the new testament also contains very brutal stuff but even if it were true, it doesn't make sense. Obviously, the old testament is just as correct as the new one. Why would an all-powerful, all-knowing god go like "oh wait, I don't really like that old testament anymore. And I don't really like myself being an asshole anymore either. Let's become a nice person and change everything I've commanded so far."? An all-knowing god wouldn't make such a lame mistake. So obviously, he really meant it (if he existed). The god of the old testament is the exact same god as the one from the new testament. So obviously, christians can't just cherry pick the new testament and act as though the old testament had never been written.1