Frederick Buechner once pointed out,
"the Bible is not first of all a book of moral truth. I would call it instead a book of truth about the way life is. Those strange old scriptures present life as having been ordered in a certain way, with certain laws as inextricably built into it as the law of gravity is built into the physical universe. When Jesus says that whoever would save his life will lose it and whoever loeses his life will save it, surely he is not making a statement about how, morally speaking, life ought to be. Rather, he is making as statement about how life is."
(quoted by Cornelius Plantiga in "Not the Way It's Supposed to Be")
A book of truth about the way life is.
That'll change the way you read the Sacred Writings.