I think believers need to read scripture using ones mind and heart. John Wesley an Anglican cleric and founder of the Methodist movement devised a system of using reason, tradition, experience and scripture when reading the Bible. The same system could be used for other religious texts too.
Much of what is written is based upon stories, context and word of mouth. I personally believe God is bigger than the Bible and there are things happening today where his grace is being expressed and demonstrated daily. The story of God’s love and work in this world is still being written.
The key to applying ones faith is to love your neighbor as yourself always keep that on the forefront of your mind.
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people youcan. As long as ever you can….John Wesley, founder of Methodism, Anglican Cleric
Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)