The Bible is often seen as a very complex book. And it is that, if it is also seen as a base for an ideology. It is complex and controversial, if it is percieved as a theological source. The same applies to most such religious scripture like for example to the Koran. These books are seen as very very complex by all the believers. This is demonstrated by the fact, that there areย  so many different religious interpretations and sects about the the true interpretation of such scriptures. Any sect may claim, that they have the simple and obvious interpretation, but at the same time they must accept that the interpretation can not be so simple, because there are others who have come to the very different conclusions through reading the very same text. Can they?

However, when such ancient and others less ancient and less divisive, like the Book of Mormon, or the teachings of Ron. L. Hubbard about dianectics are looked at as folklore, they make perfect sense. Not like their claims should be taken at face value, but more like as not so surprising fictional work of human beings. There is no real, or meaningfull controversy about their interpretation. You may have heard of researchers of folklore arguing about the interpretation of the divinities in the Edda poetry, but such arguments have very little if any bearing in our modern lives. They certainly do not segragate us into different clans of different and supposedly unquestionable moral views. And they are not arguing about the truth value of any supernatural claims. Why? Because there is no logical reason to make the leap that the supernatural elements in any of these stories were true.ย  When accepted, that the divities described in them are most likely fabrications of human mind, or possibly embellishments of human characters, who may, or may not have lived a long time ago, these books start to make perfect sense. It no longer is even important how true the stories in them are. It becomes easy to recognize some parts as mythical and others as historical.

At that point of acceptance we no longer have to concern ourselves whith the strange and often obviously antiquatedย  moralistic models given by any of these stories/scriptures/ books. We may accept that they are the products of human cultures and no divine authorship sanctifies any outdated, primitive, questionable, or even down right appalling tribal behaviour in them. From then on we are free to explore, study, understand and decide what actually makes issues moral, or immoral.

By far even the most religious people in the entire world are quite ready to accept the folklore nature of other religious scriptures, than the one they have been reared from childhood to take at face value. That way of believing in things is called faith, but faith does not make any of these stories about any gods true, does it?

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