What if... you had left everything behind, physically, and move to Tibet and asked them for advice.
What really prompted the questioning - if you continue to think along the same lines, but reject a part, aren't you just reframing your point of reference? If you hold a singular truth in the middle of everything else, but simply "rotate" around it (ie: moving from literalism to figurative), has anything really changed?
If you built your own construct (literalism) as your "truth", how did you throw the construct away, but not the truth (ie: built a new contstruct as your "truth", except... they end up being the same core truth)... I would say that it is the same structure; the change from literalism to figurative interpretation is the same as refinishing the exterior (and interior) of the home.
Do you see the giant gap between them?
(Of course, this has to do with authority of the Bible and I'm linking it only to mindset - there is a big philosophical difference between divine authority and moral authority... but if they are the same book, has anything really changed?)
Don't take this the wrong way, you are one of the most open people I have ever talked to - that's why I ask these questions to you and not others... I want to know your view because you were willing to change. I could ask so many more what they believe, but you are in that strange area where you don't believe in a thing, but rather a purpose - a meaning to things, truth or not.As I said above, I think I have been stepping outside of my original worldview a great deal and reevaluating, throwing out the things that do not fit with my experience [which includes the experiences of others with ALTERNATE worldviews and observations of others and the results of their actions] and keeping the other ones.
Believing there is purpose, God and something greater is what faith is about. Believing that God has ordained your purpose is what dogma is about.I hope I do not sound dogmatic at all. I have just spent most of my life locked in an intellectual mindset, but there now seems to be more to life than purely what can be intellectualized or justified. Of course, there are tradeoffs that come from approaching the concept of God from a different direction... one being that I cannot as easily "convince" someone else of the rightness of what I believe.
(But of course, you know that I'd respond that the limited capacity of human's to understand does not logically lead to God.)