Believe it or not, I like the Bible a lot for a couple of reasons: first, I think it contains some really interesting stories, and second, that it contains some really good messages.
However, I see it as being completely allegorical or metaphorical; one really long parable, if you will. I don’t take the stories as being literal. For example, and I’ve used this one on praize before, if we consider the book of Job, we could see the idea that one should never give up; that one can never get what they want or are looking for if they quit trying. This idea seems to be a ‘universal truth’ that is independent of the story of Job, and that the story is simply a vehicle for conveying it.
I think Jesus offers some ‘eternal wisdom’, but I see the same wisdom coming from other sources as well, and I think the wisdom is independent of the stories of Jesus (or the other teachers who advanced them too). When I read the Bhagavad-Gita, Veda’s or Upanishads of Hinduism, the Tao Te Ching of Taoism, or the Analects of Confucius* I see, often times, the same wisdom in a different story.
There is evidence that suggests that one of the earliest Christian group, the Gnostic’s, did not take the stories of Jesus literally either. There is also some speculation that Paul was actually a Gnostic himself. In any case, the Gnostic Gospels, do seem to add a new dimension to the understanding of early Christianity.
Well, it’s late, so I’ll finish this later. Have a great night!
*You mentioned before that you thought Confucius teachings were inspired by the Bible. That seems to be innaccurate as there is no indication (that I’ve seen) of Confucius ever coming in contact with anyone who would have ever come in contact with any of the fragments of Tanakh that may or may not have been floating around in 500 BCE. However he did meet with Lao Tzu, the author of the Tao Te Ching who was born about 604 BCE, and was inspired by him and his ideas.