The Bible is great for its supply of metaphors for the spiritual life, but it falls apart in that they are all presented as facts to be believed. They are symbols to be embraced and explored. And have to be reclaimed as such, received as such, resurrected as such. In that way, we bring them to life and they bring us to life, and the entire cosmos is thereby brought to life. The church needs to wake up to its task, and stop talking about the Bible as literally true, and start mining its metaphors as the treasures they are. For instance, where has the Garden of Gethsemane come to life for you in your life? It is a part of every transition point in all of the stages of human development. The agony of growing up. The dilemma of giving up this to have that. The trade-offs that demand our metaphorical death and result in our metaphorical resurrection. The work of being human is the work of balancing Yin and Yang. This is the essence of the Garden of Gethsemane (And the metaphor for the failure of that work is the Garden of Eden--they are the same garden with different lessons, different outcomes). The entire Bible is about us. To be read by us as a mirror reflecting how it is with us at various points along the way to the way, of the way. The bread of affliction is the bread of life. The cup of suffering is the cup of salvation/restoration. Everybody of every age in the history of the world understands these things, and the Bible has to be understood in this way. The church finds itself and is saved by that which has failed to apprehend all these years. The stone the builders reject is--and always was--the chief cornerstone. The pearl of great price was a part of the jeweler's collection of costume jewelry from the start They held the key to reading the unfolding of the path and thought it was a tale about someone else's path-- and missed the journey that was theirs, and kept others off the voyage that was theirs, and no one was better off for it, no, not one.