It would seem we are not far apart in our thinking after all.
"Major areas of the bible I would say can be taken literally, but as Ive also stated there are areas such as the 'begets' which are in clear error (with too much external conflicting evidence, its indisputable) I would say, which by default also makes the entire Adam and Eve saga some what bollox."
This is the aspect I was thinking about,do you have to throw out this little story of the garden,I think if you interperet it literally yes,it would be the reasonable thing to do.If the story is read symbolically there is no reason to throw it out.In the garden there is no duality,all is oneness and that is eden,a bite of the apple smashes that reality and now you have all the pairs of opposites,the world is now a duality and God places guards in the enterance to Eden[oneness-non-duality] to insure you do not return.
Funny the eastern traditions focus on the oneness and infer duality is but illusion.The Christians are proud they know the world is duality,and as such more amiable to the judgement of good and evil.Most Christians I find do not know what eden represented,indeed when I started speaking to a friend of mine about non-duality he laughed at it,belongs to some foreign primitive religion he thought.
"The Bibles early stories which predate Ezra's compilation of the books of the Pentateuch have extensively drawn from other earlier traditions and stories which can be recorded in the earliest civilizations on earth, such as the story of the Ark (noah's), wings on angels, the Nephilim etc. So I would say that the 'mystical' and 'symbolic' are just as relevant because it adds to the bigger picture when their explanations are revealed. There are many such things in the bible, but their interpretation holds the key![/quote]"
Yes the bible is very poetic,full of symbolic metaphor,and if read as such a little more accommadating to reason.