I have recently read a blog post about how the Bible ought not to be read literally.
I guess the consensus in the west is not to read it literally, whereas in the east, understandably, they lean towards literal understanding of the Bible.
The article is by a Swedenborgian theologan:https://leewoof.org/2012/09/25/can-we-really-believe-the-bible/
I don't know whether the rampant literal reading leanings are some sort of dogma or just culture?
I really can't contradict scientific knowledge, can't accept the amount of bloodshed in the Old Testament and the eternal punishment in Holocaust inspired places for otherwise decent and moral human beings for choosing the wrong version of God.