Bible does ask us to choose between verses and accounts 1-thessalonians/5/19-23 which you can describe as “cherry picking.” I am doing only what Bible itself asks us to do in the above quoted Scripture.
There is one more reason for me to do this:
Jesus praised God, saying “At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed them to infants.” (Mathew 11:25)
Let us contrast what scholars and children do.
Scholars read John 20:17 where “Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God,’” and they teach “Jesus is our God. Again, they read 1 Corinthians 9:5 which says: “Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife,1 as do the other apostles and qthe brothers of the Lord and rCephas?” Thus Jesus’ contemporaries knew that all of Jesus’ apostles were married ones, yet scholars make celibacy mandatory for their ministers.
Regarding children, Jesus “said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14, 15) Children are known for accepting what mother reveals about father and accepting what their father says.
Jesus who was taught by God (John 8:28) testifies about God: “Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “ (Luke 6:35, 36) According to Jesus, God has only showed “kindness to the wicked” and asked his listeners “be kind to the wicked and thus be like God.” This statement is from Jesus about whom God said “Listen to him.” (Mathew 17:5) So, Jesus testifies that God has not killed, nor authorized anyone to kill enemies in the past. But human writers say “God ordered killing of innocent people” as reported in Numbers 31:17, 18. Thus when Jesus says one thing about God, and Bible writers say just opposite, I accept what Jesus said about God.
When Jesus speaks of future events (such as pollution and sea-level rise—Revelation 11:18; Luke 21:25) it comes true. (https://www.jehovahs-witness.com/topic/5753573437603840/missed-opportunity-jehovahs-witnesses.) If so how much more should I believe him when he speaks about past?