I have even heard the cynically misanthropic opinion that, without the Bible as a moral compass, people would have no restraint against murder, theft and mayhem. The surest way to disabuse yourself of this pernicious falsehood is to read the Bible itself."
Amen. If read the Bible is read literally. There are esoteric readings that can get around this, but as understood by most, it certainly is a pernicious falsehood.