I think of them in the same manner I view all ancient mythological stories from ancient cultures. People used to think in terms of mythology because they didn't have science. And I see them as great literature....say what you will, but the Bible is an epic tale of love, deceit, war, the struggle of a nation. And in historical terms, one cannot study Western literature without at least paying tribute to how influential the Bible has been. Think of the great Western Literary Masterpieces...The Canterbury Tales, Paradise Lost, The Divine Comedy, even King Author and the Knights of the Round Table were searching for The Holy Grail. It is certainly one (if not the most) influential books of all time. But it's not the literal word of God or an instruction manual for ethics by any means.
When I was a child I read them as stories just like I did other stories like Cinderella or Little Red Riding Hood. They didn't hold any secret truths to me nor were they special to me in any way. I only liked my children's Bible because it had pretty pictures
The Bible is a history book written for the enlightenment of the knowledge elite and the obedience of the masses. Now that the masses have become educated they are no longer so obedient and simply reject the lot as fairy tales, which is their loss because the real history hidden in the books is extremely interesting.
When I first decided to read the bible Ibwas told not to read front to back and to start with the story of Job- well I ended up reading the bible 3 times total and each time got more and more upset. God seemed like a total asshole while Jesus seemed like a pretty awesome dude- son of god, I think not, but an awesome dude nonetheless.
Ever googled "god is an asshole" some very interesting reads. And yes god seems very much the narcissistic asshole. The bible confirms it
I didn't vote because I believe there can be some good stories but so much is left up to interpretation. Some stories are historical and taken out of context. I don't mean to be offensive but I thought this was funny..."Reading the bible for morality is like digging through poop for sweetcorn, sure there is a little there but is it really worth it?"
Even if they're "good" moral stories they are still tainted by the faith and too liable to be used for indoctrination.
Besides, there are plenty of similar moral fiction for children that in no way could be construed as factual.
That is, I have yet to hear of a single instance where Aesop or Mother Goose were declared deities.
Very little true history in buybull stories. No evidence of Moses, Jews being slaves, and no anthropological, archaeological, or biological proof of Jesus. The four gospels contradict each other and there is no written history of the time that mentions a Jesus.