I find it hard to respect people who haven't read the bible and still believe it. and yet it's even harder for me to understand people who have read it and still think it's a good book with codes for morality and good values.
All of us know christians and other religious people who haven't actually read the bible and they've just sat their lazy ass's in church their whole lives taking in all the lovely bull crap the preacher spew's out to them. It's so hard for me to understand these people. And yet if i happen to tell them a verse they've never heard their preacher say that sounds even a little adverse to what they think the bible is all about - they quickly dismiss the idea so it doesn't conflict with their skewed notions and beliefs.
However, we also know the people who "claim" to have read the whole bible and still think we can learn morals from it. And strangely the people I've met that say they've read the whole thing don't seem to know (or sometimes believe) that those particular verses are in the bible at all.
The more I think on things like this the more it seems incredibly ludicrous and INSANE that people could actually believe such SHIT! It just don't seem possible sometimes when you think about it logically that anyone would believe anything like this.
Believers pick and choose whatever they want from their texts. If you read the bible or any of the other texts, you will see pretty quickly exactly home much they have had to junk, to be left with their favorite quotes.
I'd suggest you could pick just about any tome in existence and, with a bit of work and imagination, select sufficient materiel to argue for whatever religion you want.