Studying Greek and Roman mythology is interesting. In some instances, the stories appear to be based on actual human individuals who passed on. I’ve forgotten most of what I once read on this, as it covered lore in general. For example, some of our best loved fairy tales were originally meant as porn.
Truth does deserve investigation, and truth is unafraid of what is revealed. I started out by applying what was taught to my own life. Was it good sound advice, did it work? Next, I spent a lot of time reading through languages, history, cultures, and the earliest commentaries I could find.
Take Noah’s Ark for example. Many people now merely see it as a story where God killed babies. Or, at the other extreme, an explanation of why there are no longer unicorns on earth (Noah forgot them).
Originally, the essential story told of how mankind and his culture was an unholy mess. One righteous man and his family were given a chance to start over. The family left the ark, the father got drunk. One son thought it was best to cover up the whole matter; the other son thought it was great family gossip. In other words, even when the most righteous man of the time is saved and given a chance to begin anew, the first thing that springs forth? Unrighteousness. So much for dreams about if we (either individually or as a nation) could just start over, things would be different.