We have come to our own understanding of this through the teachings of Neville. A good place to start creating a different picture in your mind about the stories in the Bible is http://i-am.cc/Neville/lesson_1.htm.
One must remember that the Bible is written in a very unique way. It will reflect the mind of the reader. In other words, it means different things to readers in different levels of consciousness. The left-brained literalists see it in the only way they can... with horrendous results.
Watch this video and InJoy a quantum leap in understanding perhaps one of the most important books in history.