For me the Bible is an amazingly relevant "book".
I experience it as an invitation to explore, and re-discover what is timelessly present beyond the shifting surface mind.
To invest more sensitivity towards examining the beliefs and concepts I entertain, encounter and suffer since uncounted years!
My joy, interest and attention are not in religion, not in mental gymnastics, not in moral guidelines, peer pressure or in future hope.
Rather to unveil my immediate beliefs and identity, in the light of simple introspection: Truth is not a cluster of concepts.
...there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
"...except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20 // We need to do something else, beyond being humanly perfect... and it is too simple. ↩
In other words: do not disturb the person I believe myself to be! Jesus was someone else special, 2000 years ago. Do not take away my little comfort.↩