Sort these statements of Jesus’ into the following categories: a) metaphor, b) hyperbole, c) literal:
Be perfect as your father in Heaven is perfect
Judge not that ye be not judged
Remove the log from your own eye before attending to your neighbour’s
Slay my enemies in front of me
If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off.
Turn the other cheek
Give to all who ask
Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life
Whatever you ask for in prayer believe that you have receive it and it will be yours
If you have faith enough you can move mountains
Love your enemies
There are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.
After three days I will rise again
Some who are standing here will not see death before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom
I am the Resurrection
Do works even greater than mine
Answers? Damned if I know (and no doubt damned if I don’t.) I do, however, know a man who thinks he knows. He says as a rule of thumb, if you don’t like the sound of something Jesus says, it’s definitely not literal. But if it fuels your fantasy then of course it is.