Luke 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
Now, this is actually the end of the parable of the talents that jesus is telling. Basically the lesson that jesus seems to imply is that god takes what is not rightly his and reaps what he didn't sow. Of course, jesus freely admits that he tells parables to confuse people so they will go to hell:
Mark 4:10-12 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Not very nice, is it? Then again the bible is full of amoral cruelty and malice. Most people talk about the old testament, which is rife with stories of god slaughtering and maiming just about everything because he's so angry and jealous. But the new testament is full of nastiness as well. The Skeptic's Annotated Bible has compiled a nice list to make it easy: Cruelty In The New Testament, so I won't go over each one.
Anyway, regarding the first quote above from the book of Luke, christians will retort that it was a parable, not a quote. But right after the story, he tells his disciples to go steal a colt so that he can ride it into Jerusalem (Luke 19:30). So if he's willing to have his disciples steal for him and take what wasn't his, it really isn't out of context, now is it?
I really must point out one other new testament quote by jesus, because it shows that he is just as petty and cruel as his dad:
Luke 14:26, 33 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
What kind of kindly, peace-loving godlike person would say such a stupid thing? Then again, just read all the heinous things that god did in the old testament to see that the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
Anyway, this all reminded me about cherry-picking, which is a logical fallacy. I've found that it's quite natural for people to cherry-pick information to suit their needs. You remember the bad times with your ex and happen to forget how many happy times you had together. Or, the most famous and irritating of all, christians take the bible and filter out the parts that support whatever message they are trying to find there and simply ignore the rest. When you call them on it, they say you have to take the icky bits in context, because then they show that they really aren't amoral and cruel or malicious, just misunderstood.
What they are really doing is using their flawed logic and ability to cherry-pick to interpret the bible any way that suits them, for whatever personal purpose or gain they may be advancing.
I don't think you need to read the bible in context. And you don't need to cherry-pick at all. Why? Because supposedly this ancient collection of stories from the bronze and iron ages in Mesopotamia is the infallible word of yahweh. So, I contend you are in one of 2 camps: the bible is the infallible word of your god and you should follow it completely (which is completely insane and I'm not recommending it), or the bible is a collection of stories written by goat herders in the Middle East a long time ago and holds some historical relevance, and that's it.
Why on earth would I say such a thing? Because cherry-picking shows that your argument is weak and flawed. So if you distill the bible to just the bits that you like and throw the rest away, you're basically saying that you are superior to your god. Yeah, that would be the same god that enjoyed the smell of burning goat flesh and killed innocent babies and whole cities on a whim. That would also be the same jesus that says that you have to hate your family to be his disciple. You can't subject yourself to this barbaric god while only choosing to follow 15% of what he demands. How is that going to get you into his good graces? Wait, he doesn't have good graces.
Also, if the bible was the true word of god, it would be crystal clear, don't you think? It certainly wouldn't be vague and contradictory, and it wouldn't lose its meaning if it were taken out of context. If I were a god and I wanted people to love me and respect me, and I wanted to have a book for them to read, I'd make sure it was simple, clear and well written. But yahweh went to a whole bunch of half literate men over a long period of time and continually contradicted himself. Then he supposedly let a bunch of power hungry guys in Nicea cherry-pick the books that would be called the official bible and throw the rest away. Why would yahweh let himself be edited like that if he's god?
There were people all over the world at this point. But he only went to Mesopotamia. Why is that? Why didn't yahweh have the exact same book written in Chinese, Aboriginal, Latin, Nordic, American Indian, and Hindi, just to name a few? Each book should have been dictated in every language, all over the world, because otherwise yahweh is only saving the barbaric goat herders in one small area. That means that millions upon millions of people were supposedly condemned to die because they never heard about the local god of Abraham? It makes no sense, especially if yahweh wants to be worshiped and loved. If he really wanted people to worship him then he'd have shown up in other cultures and would have clearly given them the rules and information he gave to the Fertile Crescent.
Hey, if I am smart enough to realize that, don't you think an all powerful god would figure it out too? Maybe it's because he was just all made up and not really there. That would be the simplest and most logical explanation. Especially since there is zero evidence of yahweh or any other god ever having existed in any fashion.
Just because you choose to believe it, doesn't make it real or true. And just because your parents told you jesus was watching over you, doesn't make that true any more than the easter bunny. Use your mind. Think for yourself.