I must admit I was saved at 13 years of age, but the Bible never made sense to me in many ways, if God was perfect, then how can he both Love and Hate, because they are polar opposites, and a perfect God is not opposed to his own ideas....but after a near death experience at 14 years of age in which I encountered a being I recognized a Jesus, I instantly recognized that in my earthly learning of God, I was very biased to the point of just going along with the church without questioning anything...... I knew in Jesus presence that I had the capacity to learn it the right way but it would be a long road, and it was..... I read the Bible still, now I realize there is nothing literal within it, but there is a spiritual component to it, Genesis and Numbers is a Map of the mind, the Bible is Anthropomorphized because early civilizations always equated objects and idols and the stars as being god like, like a high mountain, only those who sit on high can have these god like qualities like a Guru, the Bible likes Mountains for this purpose, but God is also in the stars as well and so is Satan in the constellation of Cancer the Crab, in Arabia he is know as Al-Sartan the crab bruising the Heel of Hercules... So here is what I get from the message of the Bible as Jesus clearly states but is often misquoted in order to spread fear, early churches were struggling for control to grow power.
We are not a Body, For what ever learning purpose our Spirit inhabits a body for a temporary time, The body has caused us through a trick of the brain to think outside the reality of our spirit, our spirit does not function as our brain, as a matter of fact, we have manifested thoughts according to what the body feels and that gave creation to the illusion of the ego....which immediately told you in thought that God is a threat to your existence in a body which gave rise to the thought that God must hate in some way (SIN), which is false, the Characters of Genesis are all aspects of the mind, your Ego cast you out of the garden of the mind where God exist within you, and Jesus made that clear in Luke 17:21- The Kingdom of God comes not by observation, for behold, The Kingdom of God is within you.
The main message of the Bible is your not a body, this world can be equated to a very realistic dream state, or more like a nightmare for some, Jesus figured it out himself and has been trying to teach his disciples what is real and unreal, and its difficult for them as well, case in point, Matthew Chapter 8, one of the disciples asks Jesus if he can step away and go bury his father who just died, and Jesus responded to him, Follow me, and LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD.....that is a HUGE clue Jesus gave there...... Because what God created eternal, can never die, and if God created our spirit and our spirit inhabits a body which is not our home, then it makes sense that the body is viewed as Dead although it seemingly lives, but that is the nature of the dream.... a course in miracles clarifies all of this clearly, this existence gives us two sides of one coin, The sleeping dream and the waking dream.....one thing is clear...its is all a dream....there is no death, there never was death in what is eternal, its all a wish of the ego mind that has wished itself separate from God even though its impossible, but that reality is made valid when the body expires and the real you is revealed in spirit..... as God welcomes back his prodigal son in Christ Consciousness......yep, Jesus said we are like him and him lie us, there is no differences, but the fear of God through religion has tricked our minds by way of the ego by making Jesus an idol of sacrifice for our guilt..... but if death isn't real, sin isn't real, our ego is what keeps us dumbed down in ignorance.