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What do people mean when they speak of picking and choosing from the Bible?
It means they take the parts they like and ignore the parts they don't like
That is said of a person who, in an argument about what can and can't be concluded from studying the Bible, ignores or gives too little weight to wording in the Bible that the opposing side thinks supports their position.
When the Bible was put together, no one thought to make sure it made sense. Any side, for or against would say that. The issue is not the Bible though, its the people. It's just a book. It has no power. The only power it has is what the people give it for good or for evil.
Some of the answers above seem to make sense. For instance, people are accused of picking and choosing from the Bible. Some of those people actually do -- not so much because they don't like particular parts, but because they are uneducated in Biblical Scholarship. Some Ministers who may know more than the average person, but who may not have Biblical scholarship training, pick and choose to make particular points, whether those points are right or wrong. I have studied theology and religious history for some time and what I find is that people are really sheeple. That means they tend to follow whatever sounds good at the time to make their point, they follow whomever and they don't necessarily know how to interpret the Bible, which was written over generations and in several different forms of language. I do not necessarily believe that most people "pick and choose" intentionally, rather, they put their faith in others who may be right or wrong instead of putting their faith in the gifts God gave them to discern each writer's intent. Good question Der Meister. Karre
It simply means that they take what they want to suit their place in a politically correct world and discard the rest because it does not suit their purposes. What suits them today may change tomorrow and they will make new changes to suit the current fad. People that follow them choose to be told rather than find the truth for themselves. God said, "I am the Lord; I change not."
By picking a verse here and a verse there, you can make the Bible say just about anything that you want. Proper Bible interpretation requires an examination of the context that the verse appears in to determine the correct meaning.
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