It is all but impossible for the skeptical or critical mind to consider "scripture" anything more than pure fiction. I doubt that I will ever understand how a modern human mind, with the most recent understanding from the sciences including history, archaeology, biology, astronomy, and geology, could ever accept the writings of ancient people who had no such understanding. Bizarre.
Actually, it's perfectly understandable. There's no particular difference between the human brain from two or three thousand years ago, and the human brain today. Take a newborn from the present, and exchange them with a newborn from the distant past, and they would have no trouble getting along in their adopted time periods (except for the natural dangers therein).
Incidentally, jetson, the reason people buy into religious texts is twofold. First, most people don't have a very good understanding of the sciences. A lot of them don't even have a bad understanding of them. Science and history have largely been presented as the domain of geeks and nerds, meaning the average person doesn't really care - it's the same faulty reasoning you get when someone complains about how they'll never use any of this stuff they're learning in schools.
Second, teach a person things from a religious text from the time when they start understanding language, and that's the foundation of everything else they learn. It isn't even indoctrination - it's simply the way the human mind works, basing learning on acquired knowledge and experience. I don't care how intelligent someone might be - they are not going to be able to use it effectively when they're two years old, or five. Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if most still had difficulties when they were twenty.
Those two facts together explain why religion persists so well in the modern day. Besides, religion has inertia on its side too, and it takes a while for that to wear out.