Uh oh, I am worse off than I thought!
Lots of things have changed over time, but people are not one of them...we are still the same now as we have always been and our struggles are still the same. Killing, lying, cheating, courage, bravery, loneliness, love, hate, anger, etc., etc...it is all the same. Circumstances are different, people are the same. The Bible applies to 2008 for this reason.
if you truly believe that you need the bible to live and teach you how to treat other people humanely, then yes you might be in trouble
theres a reason people have not changed over time. especially those of particular faiths. which is another issue i have personally with the whole ordeal. children being raised and not even given a fighting chance to think for themselves. i think i was brought into a church in preschool, put in front of this strange looking dead man on a cross and told he was going to come back to life one day and take us all away, which of course sent me into hysterics.
but seriously, if say a kid was brought up with knowledge of the world, if you tried to tell some 18yo or 21yo these stories about miracles and an invisible man in the sky, they would probably look at you like
but children are brought up these days to believe that they will go to hell. like you said religion is a construct of man, i think a real world matrix that is built around control. if it wasnt around, it wouldnt to be misunderstood, like the bible or any book of faith usually is. just look at any extremist.
there needs to be a severe revamping in the way the idea of god is introduced to this and future generations, or as you said history, people.. are doomed to repeat themselves over and over again.
im all about the teachings of jesus christ. do i think he was the son of god? no. but i think he represents the way humanity should be, as i said earlier "do unto others". but i also said and believe you dont need the bible for that teaching, or even jesus nonetheless. its something that is so simple, yet radical and cannot be misinterpreted. you dont want to be killed, so dont kill someone, you dont want your things stolen, dont take from others. you want honor and respect? give honor and respect. and so forth.
but extremists, evangelicals, all bring up their children with this belief structure that as most normal "religious" humans would say is giving the rest of them a bad name. well there shouldnt be a way they are associated with you in the first place. believe in god or dont, keep it at that and live yourself a good life. what else is there to it? i just cant seem to find the confusion that most people of faith seem to have.