How do muslims say verse XYZ is metaphorical and verse ABC is literal?
Is there some objective method? OR, more likely, do they simply say, "Oh crap, this doesnt make sense! Ok, ok, ok, ok, lets say its metaphorical and that god was using his poetic license! Yea that'll do!"
The parable of those who reject Faith is as if one were to shout like a goat-herd, to things that listen to nothing but calls and cries: Deaf, dumb, and blind, they are void of wisdom. (Surat al-Baqara, 171)
The metaphor of those who take protectors besides Allah is that of a spider which builds itself a house; but no house is flimsier than a spider's house, if they only knew. (Surat al-Ankabut, 41)