"There are several different ways to approach the Bible," said the Rev. Chris McAlilly, pastor of Oxford University United Methodist Church. "A person's expectations have a lot to do with what they get out of scripture."
Perhaps in the most basic sense, McAlilly said, the Bible is a book. As a text, the good book is to some extent akin to classics of literature, "Moby Dick," "A Tale of Two Cities," and so on.