The Bible has been examined, questioned, held in high regard by Christians, etc. throughout history. Now a lot of Christians take the Bible literally for whatever reason. I pose this question to you: Is it wrong or a bad thing to take the Bible literally? I'll let you stew on that for a moment...
When I was a child, I took things in the Bible at face value. That is vastly different than taking things literally. Now, for instance I took the creation of the Earth at face value. To me as a child, the creation was just that. I didn't necessarily take it literally. God created the Earth, animals, day, night, people, etc.. I took it for what it was. I didn't take it as some literal account of how the Earth was formed. Is there any evidence to support that this actually happened? Or is it some story that has been passed down for centuries and is supposed to be taken as the literal account of how the Earth was formed? Legit questions and concerns that need some answers.
Another item in the Bible that a lot of people take literally is the idea that homosexuality is a sin. They are totally taking Romans 1:18-32 out of context. They are misinterpreting it as homosexuality is a sin thus taking it literally. Basically Paul is saying we are all sinners which is true. Don't use the Bible to make excuses for your homophobic attitude and your exclusion of gays. You are taking what Paul is saying and twisting it to say what you want. What you are doing is hermeneutical gymnastics which is twisting the Bible to say what you want.
I don't take everything in the Bible literally. I never grew up taking things in the Bible literally. I just took things at face value as I've stated. Not everything in the Bible can be taken literally. You have to really study the Bible to know what should be taken literally and what is just a story. You need to pay attention to the context and not take it out of context ala Romans 1:18-32. But with a good lot of people, they just read the Bible and not bother to look into it deeper or even ask questions.