I am completely comfortable taking whatever I want from a story and leaving the rest - choosing how I want to interpret it. I do that with commercial fiction, from historical books, from myth and even from scriptures.
I am convinced of a scriptural story's allegorical, figurative or mythical nature
(Jonah, Job, some of the more extreme narratives in the Book of Mormon,
etc.), I don't try to draw lessons from a literal interpretation - but
in cases where I simply can't be certain, I pick whatever interpretation
gives me the most powerful message - and, in some cases, I pick
multiple interpretations (one literal, one allegorical, one mythical,
for example) and take multiple lessons from each one.
Some people who want the one, true interpretation can't stand that approach, but it works for me.
3 hours ago