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Why do people pick and choose which parts of the bible to follow?

I'm really confused on this, there are so many things that the bible tells us that no one pays any attention to, and yet they get their shorts in a twist over other parts.
If the bible really is the word of god, why are so many people not listening?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:36 AM on May. 28, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

Answers (19)
  • because gay bashing is way more fun than not eating shrimp

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:41 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • LOL actually, the whole not eating shrimp thing was in the old testament and by eating it you became unclean therefore you had to do SOMETHING (can't remember what) to cleanse yourself. Like when a woman had her period she had to leave the city until she was done and live in the wilderness.... ANYWAYS, after Jesus came and died on the cross that took away all our need to do the things explained by laws written in the old testament...

    BUT I DO agree with how people seem to follow certain rules and completely ignore others!!! Maybe it's becuase someone points something out and then they follow that instead of reading for themselves and seeing what is really written. IDK

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:49 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • Because people pick and chose what suits them the best. Everybody had their own agendas and want to do that instead of what they should, so they comprise but added a different meaning from some passage out of the bible to sooth the selfish need. So they can continue to be and do what they want without the criticism of others and guilt from themselfs.

    Answer by soonmommyof3 at 5:41 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • Ask the people you specifically have a problem with about those specific issues and you will get better answers. GL.

    Answer by KARRIEMARIE at 6:13 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • ANYWAYS, after Jesus came and died on the cross that took away all our need to do the things explained by laws written in the old testament...

    Jesus said He came to fulfill the law, not to destroy it. He is the fulfillment of the laws of Moses,that which was contrary to us. There was a distinction between clean and and unclean animals before the flood. If the dietary laws have been done away with, why isn't everyone going out for fried buzzard? God said that He would not alter the thing that is gone out of His lips. (Psalm 89:34) He said "They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD." (Isaiah 66:17)

    Answer by Lexylex at 6:15 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • You would have to be more specific. I firmly believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is pertinant for everyday. The rules of the Old Testament were put in place to show the people that n matter how hard they tried, the couldnt do it. When Jesus came and died, then that was the final sacrifice to God for us. No more doves, no more lambs, ect. We dont have to do ritualistic things anymore. That doesnt mean the Old Testament is null and void...just the covenant. One of my favorite books is Jeremiah. So many relevant things for today. The best thing I know to tell you to do is allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you about each thing you read. Its best not to get your info from man unless its a trusted pastor whom you know is living the life. The opinions on CM are extremely diverse. Good luck.

    Answer by momofsaee at 8:59 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • Very well said momofsaee. I love the book of Jeremiah,also. Another one of my favorite OT books is Isaiah.What a rich treasure trove of beautiful,inspiring verses,and prophecies. And, I also agree, everything in the Bible is still valid today. God wrote the Bible to be timeless,ageless, limitless,and it still is all those things today.

    Answer by stvmen88 at 9:20 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • I have an ENTIRE journal dedicated to this very subject right now!


    You are awesome and quite right on the subject. Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus actually say that because he has come, you no longer have to abide by the OT law. He said himself he came to fullfill it, not to destroy it.


    Answer by IhartU at 9:24 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • We're supposed to follow the WHOLE Bible. You can't just choose parts to follow. Now the Old Law has been fulfilled by Jesus, therefore you don't have to follow the clean/unclean foods anymore. It is still there though, because literally you have a choice whether to follow the Old Law or Jesus. BUT no man is perfect and cannot get to Heaven alone by the Old Law. It's just about impossible in this day and age. That is why Jesus died on the cross for us!

    Answer by srhmldndo at 9:26 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • True followers of the Lord Jesus Christ live by the whole Bible as best they know how. Your idea of what that looks like may be entirely different from some other person's interpretation of what that look likes. Most of the time when this question is raised, it's because there is some kind of disagreement as to what the Christ-centered life looks like. We cannot demand that another person look just like us. The only person who must be pleased with how I live my life is God, and He is the one to whom each of us will answer when that time comes. The Bible warns us not to quarrel about these matters. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. Nobody has the ability to fully comprehend its depths of meanings. There are parts of it that we won't understand until God Himself explains it to us. In the meantime, we read it and we ask the Holy Spirit to apply it to our individual lives, knowing how it's done will differ.

    Answer by NannyB. at 9:51 AM on May. 28, 2009

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