"No," Father Maximos replied emphatically. "We need to clear certain misconceptions. If certain statements in the Bible related to health or geology or history or whatever else came to be scientifically supported, fair enough. But the Holy Bible is not a medical text that offers us guidelines about the health of the physical body. It is not a biology primer or a book on geology or history for that matter. The Holy Bible is purely a spiritual text that speaks about God's energy in the world. If those parts of the Bible that deal with physical health, or with geology, or history are proven to scientifically false it should not have an iota of an effect on its therapeutic, spiritual significance."
"Well-" Marina began saying in a skeptical tone.
"My dear, as I have argued time and again, the essence of the Bible, its very meaning, is to heal us human beings from our psychic illnesses, from that which separates us from God. Now, if three thousand years ago human wisdom knew about certain recipes for good bodily health, well and good. But even if the opposite turned out to be true, again, well and good."
"This is an important point to keep in mind," I suggested. "A lot of scholars today focus exclusively on the scientific accuracy of the Bible and conclude that since it is replete with historical and scientific inaccuracies and contradictions it must be nothing more than folklore. On the other extreme are fundamentalists who interpret everything in the Bible, such as the age of the planet, as literally true."
"That is how both the rationalists and the fundamentalists fail to understand the spiritual meaning of sacred texts and the purpose for which they were written," Father Maximos responded.
Excerpt from "Gifts of the Desert: The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality" by Kyriacos C. Markides Chapter 5 "A Different Hospital" pg 92
Father Maximos is actually Archbishop Athanasios of Limmasol, Cyprus who lived on Mt. Athos as a spiritual son of St. Paisios the New. When he speaks on matters of the Orthodox Christian faith, I listen closely.