Hear Me Out
The Bible, and other religious writings, are codifications of values that were orally transmitted prior to the creation of widespread literacy and writing. That’s how generations were informed and taught about morals and ethics prevalent at the time.
Why the tendency today to take the words and examples literally on the one hand, or to scoff and dismiss them altogether on the other? I think it’s because we’ve lost trust in our own judgment. We want other people to tell us what to think, to decide what’s “right,” and to show the way. That’s one reason the internet is one large pit of confirmation bias. We want to be part of our own “in group” (and ignore those who disagree).
The family dinner table, where many of us once learned about how our parents tried to deal with their own challenges, is long gone. Intact families are far fewer, and sharing a meal together is uncommon, and staring at smart phones even when together is the norm.
Perhaps if we thought about what’s “right and wrong” and how we’d like to be treated (e.g., heard out, given respect, included in decisions) we’d be able to treat others better. I bet that’s in the Bible somewhere.