Sure, like any book you can find something in it that echoes a thing you feel is true. I remember watching a silly movie with the kids and in it someone makes a statement that if a father is concerned that he's not being a good father then that means he's being a good father.<quoted text>
Personally I find plenty of good "meanings" to many of the stories, passages, parables etc in the Bible, as well as some history of the world (and humanity in it's darker times as well, which is a bit different from just mythology!!)
Guess that's why I have a hard time understanding why anyone would simply want to try and "ruin" whatever harmless GOOD others can gain for themselves from reading it.
Thank God, we do not live in a communisTic nation of censorship!!
Even in a silly, forgetable movie you can find something that echoes a "true" thing.
But when you attach divine authority to the book in question you put a stamp of approval on *everything* it says. You give license to people to believe things that do not echo any sort of truths among humans.
The Bible promotes slavery. One of Paul's letters is explaining how to properly own slaves. Now, we know that slavery is morally wrong. It's right up there with rape and murder. No sane person questions this, though some dubious people still practice it.
Why didn't the Bible condemn slavery? Why didn't Paul write a letter explaining that owning a human being was a sin? People rationalize this by hand waving. "Oh, everyone owned slaves back then." "Oh people weren't ready to change yet." and other BS answers. But if God is the moral authority he could have easily told us not to own slaves. He told us in one line not to kill people. But no mention of not owning people.
So if you accept this book as a divine authority then you have to take the good with the bad. Not only do you get the rule not to kill, you also get a million rules telling you *how* to be a terrible human being. How to own slaves, how to subjugate women, how to obey god even when every moral instinct in your brain screams no.
I'm fine with the Bible being a source of stories and using those stories, where appropriate, in language and in art.
But believing it is a perfect book from a divine moral authority? Hell no. People need to challenge that sh*t every step of the way. And people need to be embarrassed to claim they believe it that way.