OK ... I'm exagerating a little - perhaps a lot - but here's the deal: Don't we sometimes do the same with the meal served up by God? We're eloquent when it comes to affirming our pet doctrines and beliefs; surly when reminded of scriptures that make us squirm - scriptures on suffering & righteousness, or taking up one's cross, or dying to self, or that remind us that we are not tempted beyond our ability to endure.
Take this to the next level and most of us have been down-word from justifications offered as a protective cloak for hurtful behavior & attitudes. Many of us balk - me among the many - when our choices are scrutinized. Ready defenses sometimes crop up:
"The reason I'm living with my boyfriend is ...", or
"My girlfriend understands me, and I'm practically divorced anyway ...", or
"The boss has boatloads of money; he'll never miss the computer ..." or
"I have every reason to get even after all they've done to me ...", or
"The Bible's teachings on sex were for THAT day, not this one ..."
You get my drift, but please don't misunderstand. I'm not attempting to criticize the harbingers of such short-sightedness; after all - they be us. What I want to emphasize is the importance of not making God's word a side dish or optional condiment in our lives.
Truth is more than a concept; it's a Person. If I decline the one I decline the Other.
I'll take my Truth in full measure, right on top. No sides needed.
The truth which has made us free will in the end make us glad also.
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by
washing away from it all that is not gold.