however I'm able to find spirritual relevance and significance in much of its teachings, I sift through the racist and political issues, and focus on the message.
Heru, if you really mean this then maybe my last post is more nitpicky than it needed to be. Because I too can read the Bible (including John) and get a lot of spiritual significance out of it.
I chose to pick on John because, for all of its virtues, that particular book has been historically one of the main sources for Christian exclusivism and intolerance.
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father but by me John 14:6
It's the ONLY Gospel which claims Jesus was Divine ("Son of God" is used in the other 3 Gospels but that title was not a claim to Divinity as it was used by several Jewish sects of the time)
If you want a really spiritual book, check out the Gospel of Thomas. There are a lot of similarities between this Gnostic text and John. But Thomas takes a less exclusive point of view. It's the view of some prominent Biblical scholars that John was trying to discredit Thomas (which was written FIRST, by the way).