Did God give us the kind of book He wanted, or did He give us a book that we would have to make into the kind of book we wanted?
To ask the question is to answer it.
We must accept the Bible the way God gave it to us, trusting that the kind of book we need is the kind of book God gave. If we want something different than what God gave, that is our problem, not His.
What kind of book did God give us? God gave us a story.
So now the question before us is not how we can rearrange the story and cut it up into pieces to make it more “helpful,” but rather to figure out why God chose to give us such a book.
Why did God give us a Story?
The answer is that God knows that a story is more powerful than a list. A story has more transformative power than a doctrinal statement or an ethical code of conduct.
When the Bible is taken as a story, it becomes far more powerful and effective in changing lives and transforming society than any book of doctrine or code of ethics ever could.