When we read the Bible, we often are not reading it to learn what Christianity says about the world, but are reading it to find support for what we already believe. I have not only seen this in others I have caught myself doing it as well.
Recently I shared several Bible verses with someone, who was taking Matthew 7:1 out of context. Those verses should have been more than enough to prove what he was doing, but instead of looking for answers he looked for confirmation. His preexisting ideas and need to vindicate the person in question led him to read
John 7:24 King James Version (KJV)
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
as if it backed up the Judge not verse.
Everyone is guilty of confirmation bias at some point in their lives, but we need to be careful. Trying to confirm our own beliefs, instead of search for God’s intent it the beginning of a very bad road.