" What does it mean to follow the Bible literally?
To follow the Bible literally-at face value, at its word, according to its plain meaning-isn't just a daunting proposition. It's a dangerous one.
Consider: In the third century, the scholar Origen is said to have interpreted literally Matthew 19:12- ' There are the eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven' -and castrated himself. Origen later became a preeminent theologian of his age and an advocate of figurative interpretation."
A. J. Jacobs
The Year of Living Biblically.