What a wonderful question. I am afraid I cannot help you with the notion that my interpretation is more right than someone else's as I see interpretation as a personal deal with no right answers. (or all right answers)
Now I am a hybrid believer. I attend a Lutheran church each Sunday. I am not a member. I donate some money but do not tithe. They have a wonderful African ministry that does a lot of good. I have good friends there and we sing and pray together and read scripture together and there is always a nice message delivered. So that effects how I view the Bible.
I pray and meditate and read some Bible verse everyday. And I write an online sermon here at HP. I normally quote a Bible verse somewhere in those sermons.
I do not spend very much time reading the Old Testament. I have read it of course but do not study it. Love the Psalms.
Let me put this in the negative: The Bible is not all historical; The Bible is not all metaphorical; The Bible is not translated the same everywhere; The Bible can be interpreted differently. And of course the inverse is true. If you catch my drift.
So for my studies of the Bible it is generally just New Testament keeping the knowledge of the Old Testament in the back of my mind.
I cannot in good thought and conscience follow the dogma of a particular denomination though I attend Lutheran and am on my 3rd year of online study of the Catechism (Catholic). Dogma and doctrine are cool insofar as they give us examples. But not so much as they give us rules.
So for the New Testament I put on my glasses of love. If the passage does not ring true to the greatest commandments then I am reading it wrong. Hell and Heaven do not bind me in the direction in which my life flows so I really give them very little note. How the world ends is not my business so I really do not pay much attention there. I interpret the Bible in a way to help me lead my life today -- tomorrow and yesterday will have their own problems. Which is why prayer, meditation and study must be nearly daily.
Now on the fun side, the historical stuff is cool. Putting some cultural influence on the time of Jesus is cool. And you just cannot read a one liner and get it so it is fun to put things in context.
I do not think I am odd for a Christian. I think most kind of do like I do just maybe not to such a degree. I preached to second gen from immigrants youth for a few years and have a degree in philosophy. So my bent may be a little more extreme.