1) Religious writings like the Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita, etc.. are not scientific papers.
2) They are often historically incorrect
3) They are not factual many times
4) They were written from the worldview of their time and some contents may or may not apply to modern times
5) It is not helpful to accept them literally because historical, scientific research will readily dispute many of them and prove them wrong factually.
So what are they?
a) They are ‘holy books’ considered ‘sacred writings’ which have extremely powerful symbolic messages. And symbols often move people more than facts.
b) They are meant to lead you to ponder on mysteries which man will always be fascinated with. e.g.,meaning of life, What God is like, Sex, death and the afterlife, divine justice, the future, etc..
c) They are a guide to how we must conduct ourselves in the world and towards others.
d) Every religion reaches different conclusions about these mysteries resulting in different dogmas and moral codes although some of them may share some of the same insights.
e) Religion is but a subtopic of spirituality
f) The same mysteries and questions can be approached on a spiritual plain outside religion.
g) Not everyone will believe or be moved by religion and Holy books but at one point, everyone will engage and ask these same spiritual questions.
h) I take heed of what a religious man once told me. I quote,’Treat religion like salt. Use it in moderation.’ After all, religion and politics are among the top two main causes of war and enmity in the human history.