The Bible is not a book like other books. It is a historical reference, a book of moral religious codes and laws, a book of prophets writings and visions......and that much is like other important religious texts. There the similarity stops. It is the person of life. The book of life in word form. It utilizes a method called circumlocution. Jesus used parables not just to confuse the masses, or pretend to be some wise man spouting off unrecognizable mystical nonsense..... Although to some it seemed that way. There is truth in nearly all the world's religious texts. I won't claim to have studied them all, but I've looked at Hindu and Islam a little, ancient Sumerian, Greek philosophies, ect... What they have in common is the truth. Many religions come from the effects of Babylon under Nimrod in the days of the tower of Babel. The explanation lies in part in presupposition. We have assumed too much over the years, myself included. What the words really mean...not the dictionary definitions so much, but the real underlying intent. What God intended to say, not what we thought He intended to say. By our reading the texts with human understanding, limited and bound by logic and reason we can not by will or accident come to the right interpretation. Only by the Spirit of God, the mind of Christ....that inner man which is a part of God, can we really interpret the words. So they mean one thing to some and another thing to others. Faith is a revelation. Not blind belief in some words though they may be good words. This is something you can't really share, your not supposed to. Give us of your oil....remember? And they said go.....to them that sell, and buy of it for yourself. God is the seller, and it's bought without money or price. But it will cost everything you have.