I recently suggested that when it comes to the stories, images, concepts, vows, creeds, etc that outline and highlight the insights of sacred traditions:
[To paraphrase the end to make it more approachable outside of its original context: How many modern thinkers have heard or read a sacred story and were upset to find that where they had already decided on a particular significance for it, perhaps a thoroughly dissected interpretation that had left it lifeless and acceptable as a lesson or conclusion that could be safely removed from its cultural and historical wrappings, they now found that the story had become real to them in a visceral way. It reached out an grabbed them and said, "Not so fast, there's more me to than some theological or philosophical observation." It broke open their preconceptions and forced them to beyond their predefined limits of the truth or value of the story.]
Instead it is vital that each age must come to terms with these traditional practices and beliefs while respecting the context(s) in which they emerged and subsequently developed. This tension between received wisdom and unfolding revelation is held together by the energy and experience of faith, which flows from an honest reaction to the outward and an introspection of the inward. It is an important tension that must be guided by a well-formed conscience. This kind of honesty in experience and inner searching can be uncomfortable and frequently disappointing but that is the road. Travel it well.