its not my method, its the method that produced the ancient stories about gods to begin with and we call it the scientific method now in the science field
patterns of behavior are observed over a long period of time repetitively to determine which behaviors lead to prosperity
i think at least partially the bible is the result of people forming these observations into stories for digestion by as large a portion of the population as possible
of course the bible has been changed and manipulated since its creation but i don't think anyone can deny that there are some important values within it
but regardless this is not primarily about the bible but about which values are best for people, the bible simply beling an example of one method to preserve some of these values
Wait, so the method that produced the ancient stories was the scientific method? What? How exactly would you use the scientific method to winnow factual stories from allegorical stories? What hypothesis do you start with? What's your method of testing said hypothesis?
did you not read what i just posted?
the scientific method is to observe a particular phenomenon multiple times to ensure that the end result is always the same
for example if you throw a ball you can be fairly sure ( not absolutely sure ) that the ball will fall to the ground due to gravity - agree?
we've determined as a result that there's something causing objects to accelerate towards the earth's surface and now we call that a law something we can be fairly certain is concrete
i'm saying that the same thing applies to human behavior - we can analyse different ways of living life and determine over time which ways of living life lead to prosperity and which lead to ruin
over time we can then determine which values man should live by for prosperity - the difference here is that a method to communicate these values to the widest portion of the population possible has to be devised
and I think that in the past people realised that encoding values into stories and associating them wtih gods was the easiest way to have people digest these values and that's where books like the bible in part came from
you have such a visceral reaction to the idea that the scientific method can be associated with these concepts that you aren't even looking at what i'm posting