Good question Bandit. In all honesty I still like reading the Bible. I take the Bible literal in the sense that what I read I believe was truth to the individual that wrote it and the audience he wrote to. I think that the Bible is a beautiful piece of work that puts into words the feelings and emotions that people at that time had for Jesus and God. I don't believe the virgin birth story and I don't belieeve that Jesus is God. The fact that Jesus, whether only Son of God or not left such an enormous impression on people after his death is a statement in itself. He must have done something amazing to create such a legend. I think Jesus, if alive today would be labled a mystic. I imagine he had all sorts of healing remedies that he used when he did his work. I even think that if known some of those techniques would be controversial today. As for Paul I think he had a different view of Jesus than did the apostles and today's view of Christianity,. In church you hear more of what Paul said than what Jesus said. I'm reading a book right now entitled "Why Christianity must change or die". The author calls Christians today who profess the right to think and still believe in God as Christians in exile.