Continuing the discussion from If creation is unceasing, how are we to understand Genesis 2:1-3?:
I have been pondering what to do about the strong desire to avoid figurative interpretations unless the context particularly required it.
Do you think the Gospel of John 6:54-60 is figurative?
In John, chapter 6, we read:
"54 Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day.
55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person.
57 As the living Father sent me and I draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will also draw life from me.
58 This is the bread which has come down from heaven; it is not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.
59 This is what he taught at Capernaum in the synagogue.
60 After hearing it, many of his followers said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’"