Cachet, Ive wrestled with that stuff myself and personally come full circle. I was wondering how much you've actually tested the bible yourself to find out if it IS the authority Christians have claimed it is. You see, I say that bc I personally have and Ive come to understand that it is the word of God given to man, just like these christians say it is. I dont always agree on everything concerning interpreting scripture as many other christians but thats mostly bc its such a personal thing. When I read the bible I KNOW Im meeting with God, Im learning from Him. Im hearing His instructions to me personally concerning where I am in my life and what I need to understand. Also, I do believe we have SO much to learn from the bible. I know I learn about eternity. I learn about what heaven might be like, and when I read it I know hope. Real, hope, so real that if hope could be tangeable, it would be. Now, I do understand that we can learn almost just as much from nature. But romans even says that, even psalms talk about nature declaring the truth about God, that He is real. However, saying that, I do believe that a christian without the word of God, the bible is like a boat without a rudder. There really IS so much depth to that book, I really genuinely do believe that to neglect it, to me it doesnt bear thinking about. I might want to not read it but thats usually bc I kind of am in a mood to ignore God. And another thing, I have had stages where I did not want to read the bible, sometimes I went with that 'feeling' and honestly suffered loss. Other times I pushed past that and read it only to be genuinely blessed in ways I couldnt have imagined. I genuinely believe that book is the Living Word of God. Its always got something to teach me. I could read the same verses that I really do know so well and learn something radically different every time. thats no lie or exaggeration!
Big hugs. I dont know you well on here, are you a christian? I might assume you were for asking this question but I dont want to be ignorant and pressumptious (no matter how I spell that work it dont look right!).
hugs to you