This thread stems from my misunderstanding of how many Christians take some literal interpretations of the bible but not all. Why is it reasonable to comb through the bible to pick and choose the areas to believe? For example, I often think of Leviticus in terms of the current gay marriage debate. I feel that most of the things in Leviticus are not followed by modern Christians, except its rhetoric on gay relations. Why do Christians feel so strongly attached to some parts and ignore other parts? I realize this is not a conscious decision, but there seem to be a denial of how rigorously Christians follow their bible.