A visual illustration that a lot of preachers have used is to have a book that looks like a Bible and going through the book, reading a passage, tearing the page out the passage is supposed to be on, wadding it up and throwing it away. Besides the shock factor, the illustration is meant to show people how people treat the Bible in practice.
Most people would not literally rip pages out of the Bible, but when they choose not to believe certain teachings in they Bible, there is little difference from tearing up their Bible.
Thomas Jefferson did not believe in miracles. He actually took the Bible, and wrote the things in the Bible that he believed were true in another book. He wouldn’t physically desecrate the book, but chose not to believe the entire book. In essence, he diminished the Bible to a set of moral teachings without the power of God.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17
There is another way people misuse Scripture. They may not pick and choose what to believe like a lot of people do, they believe and they accept the Bible’s teaching as the final revelation of God, the full and final teaching God has given to mankind, but choose not live the life worthy of the Lord (Colossians 1:10).
Those Christians fail to live holy lives (1 Peter 1:13-15). They fail to be obedient to God’s word. They compartmentalized their lives, or are strongly influenced by people who are not Christians. They live as if they have torn things out of the Bible, picking and choosing what to believe and obey.
And don’t forget those who fail to correctly divide and understand scripture (2 Timothy 2:20) for a couple of reasons, one is that they don’t take the time to read and understand the way scripture is put together, or the context of what they read or two, those who simply take the words they see and like and use them any way they want to.
God’s word is his word. It is to be believed, obeyed, understood, and shared. The church in Acts, the first thing it says of the church is that they devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42). The Apostles’ teaching is the New Testament record. Their teaching is written for us. It is given to us to learn and live by. Care must be given to understanding correctly what God is telling us.