By maria saying, "And frankly I don’t need to read hundreds of pages to know I shall not kill or lie", maria was implying that the Bibles was merely a book of commandments but it is obviously not and that's the glib comment I was refering to.
We'll have to beg to differ that her post was a far more valuable contribution than many others for a long while on the forum.
It's not the Bible that has stunted the spiritual growth of mankind but the false interpretation of it for selfish ends!
Personally, I don't dismiss any book outright. I read literature from across the spectrum, including Hermetic writings, Theosophical writings, Masonic writings, Eastern philosophy, writings on the Kabbalah, I'll read any book that I think may contain some truths!