God’s peace. The OP wrote,
“On this forum, most tend to Bible literalism. I am at the other end of the spectrum, and think some of it as largely human writing of its time.”
[LEFT]I was asked by one of my high school science students (I am asked this every year), “Do you believe the Bible?” My answer is, “I believe what the Catholic Church teaches about the Bible.” They don’t like that answer, but as I go on to explain, the source of authority for Catholics is not the Scriptures by themselves but the Magisterium of the Church. This authority was given by Christ Himself to Peter, the keeper of the Keys, and by extension to the other bishops of the Church in communion with the pope. It is *not *an authority that can be picked up by any individual or some other ecclesial community.
I was an Anglican once, and before that a seriously Calvinistic Presbyterian, so I understand your dilemma. The quandary you are in always traces back to the source of authority for what you believe. Left alone, I find myself getting quite literal in some areas of biblical interpretation and quite liberal or metaphorical in others. I have to serve as my own miniature pope in figuring out what to believe or disbelieve. But as a Catholic I am bound to look to the Church to explain what the Bible *means *(I can full well understand what it says).
There is a great deal of relief that comes with surrender to the authority of the Catholic Church. I can still remember the words the bishop asked me (almost 10 years ago to the date) as I prepared to enter into full communion: “Do you believe all things that the Church teaches and believes, as revealed by God?” My heart was filled with joy when I affirmed this question! I pray that you, too will find peace in surrendering your understanding to the care of the Catholic Church. Blessings, ~Br. Carlo~ [/LEFT]