This evening I thought I'd poke a stick into the wheels of the figurative versus literal debate that liberals and fundamentalists carry on with. Here's four verses where a literal interpretation demands a figurative interpretation:
"Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.
These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children.
Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
...if any of you suggest this can't be taken literally I'm gonna smack you.