The Scriptures are written is such a way that you need the Spirit of God to give you wisdom about how to apply the Word of God. People generally tend to read the scriptures to validate what they already believe is true. Therefore, they recount the stories in thier minds to satisfy some need they have to be right instead of recognizing the opportunity for being transformed.
“The most destructive weapon in the world is the Word of God in the hands of a devil. The Bible misapplied is worse than a lie – it is religion. Religion starts wars, divides believers, and oppresses people” Kris Vallotton