Im going to let you in on a secret.
The best source of morality generally cant be found in a church. Likewise, you wont learn how to be the best person you can be in the Bible.
No, the best way to discover how to be a truly ethical person is in a completely different place. Its in the science fiction section of your local video and book stores.
If youre basing your morals on what youre taught on Sunday morning, odds are high that youre going to have to wade through a lot of sexism, homophobia and erotophobia, not to mention a lot of conservative greed. If youre reading the Bible literally and hope to find good advice, youre going to have to learn to distinguish between helpful ideas such as loving your neighbours and harmful doctrines that tell us women are second class citizens, that its okay to invade other nations and kill people with different religions, and that slavery is a perfectly acceptable way to run a household.
If you turn to Star Trek instead, youll find that exploring new places is desirable, but that perhaps you should think twice before interfering in local affairs, and that you definitely shouldnt steal other peoples land. Youll learn to respect people who look, act and speak differently than you. Youll discover that working together is more productive than always fighting over riches and resources. And youll see that going out of your way to help those in need, even if it increases the time you spend on your voyage, might just be the right thing to do. Also, we probably shouldnt allow all the whales to go extinct if we want to survive as a species. :)
Growing up, what I learned from church was that people with different beliefs were dangerous and that new concepts would lead us astray. Well, its true, new ideas might lead you in a different direction than the way your religious leaders would prefer you go, but those new paths might very well be preferable, and far more ethical, than the ways they want you to live.
Theres nothing wrong with studying Scripture to find positive teachings, but one should first be firmly grounded in a positive form of morality, one that respects varying opinions, and isnt calling for discrimination against people because they might have different sexual preferences than you do, otherwise you wont be able to tell the good from the bad and might think harmful dogmas are actually helpful.
Start with the various Star Trek series and films but dont stop there. Dig deeper by watching Babylon 5, Stargate, Firefly, and even Battlestar Galactica. Once youve finished these series youll not only have a good grounding in whats actually in the best interest of both you and those around you, youll also know how to appreciate shades of grey and situational ethics. Then, and only then, you might just be ready to start trying to interpret Scripture in positive ways.