The question to bring to any of the stories of the Bible, once we no longer see it as TAWOGFAT [the authoritative word of God for all time] is: What do you make of it? not What is the meaning of the story? You bring the meaning to it. It's not there without you reading it and getting something out of it. You are the context in which it will be figured out and lived, if it's worth it. You might find that much of it is helpful to you as you move, headlong, into the next stage of your life. Or you might find that you shouldn't have wasted your time. Every story is different, and everyone's perspective is different. For that matter, once the Bible is set aside as the spiritual resource, you can be fed by many sources. Use whatever it is you're reading -- William Blake or Mary Oliver, Maeve Binchy or Thich Nhat Hanh, Dean Koontz or Phillippa Gregory. Seek out the deep spiritual wisdom that your perspective might find there.
-- Gretta Vosper, in With or Without God --
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