The idea that the 'bible' is a holy book is nonsense to anyone who knows the history of how this compilation, from a much larger collection of scriptural materials was arrived at. New discoveries last century of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi Library also demonstrate that what ever the 'bible' is, it is most certainly incomplete and thus any attempt to interpret can only end in failure and self-deception. Additionally, The question should not be How should the 'bible' is interpreted but Can these materials be interpreted so to arrive at the 'Truth' as God would have us understand it?
Thus is theology even a valid human intellectual endeavor? According to a new interpretation of the moral teaching of Christ spreading on the web, the answer to that question is a conclusive NO. Because the first ever viable religious conception leading faith to observable consequences which can be tested and judged has been revealed. The first ever religious claim of insight that meets the criteria of verifiable, evidence based truth embodied in action. For the first time in history, a religious tenet exists offering access, by faith, to absolute proof for its belief. Quoting from OVI and OpEd News:
"Using a synthesis of scriptural material from the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha , The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Nag Hammadi Library, and some of the worlds great poetry, it describes and teaches a single moral LAW, a single moral principle offering the promise of its own proof; one in which the reality of God responds to an act of perfect faith with a direct, individual intervention into the natural world; correcting human nature by a change in natural law, altering biology, consciousness and human ethical perception beyond all natural evolutionary boundaries. Understood metaphorically, this experience of transcendent power and change is the 'Resurrection' and justification of faith."
Should this material be authenticated in sufficient numbers to demonstrate this claim, and trials are under way in several countries, the religious status quo, called tradition, cannot long stand.