This graphic makes a couple of interesting points, even though I probably have far different theological convictions than the poster (he does call himself a liberal Christian!).
1. The word literal is really unhelpful. I wish we could do a better job of setting it aside and finding an alternative. Finding none, we’re stuck with lots of confusion.
2. How bad much of our interpretation is. I think the chart is on to something. We resort to figurative explanations when forced to, but often not in a consistent or coherent way. Much work to be done here, at least in explaining what is going on.