The Spirit of your read
The way you see Jesus also influences the spirit in which you read the Bible particularly the New Testament. If you see Jesus as a model to emulate, then you will read the Gospels as a path toward creating Heaven on Earth. You will hear him encourage us to let go of worry and treat everyone as if they were our neighbor. Your eyes would be on how to serve and contribute today simply for the sake of contributing and not on gaining a reward later in heaven. When we read the New Testament that way, it becomes impossible to justify certain behaviors both personally and at a political level.
If we read sections of the New Testament and become fearful or feel unworthy, it means that we see Jesus as something scary with a message that we are fundamentally unworthy in God’s eyes.
The question to keep in the forefront of your mind is, “Do I become a more loving, aware “beneficial presence” to use Michael Beckwith’s term, after reading the Bible? If not, then how do I see God right now and does my understanding of God serve me in a way that allows me to live life more fully and lovingly? If the answer is again no, then entertain the possibility that God can be something different. Give it a try and see what happens.