The question is simple: take any verse from any chapter from any book in the bible… how does one find out if it is to be taken literally, or allegorically? The point is that using any verse as a substantiation of an argument which is disputed by the believers - the first (and mostly the only) so-called “argument” is: “you are not supposed to take that verse literally”. It is never followed by an explanation concerning that verse, namely why is that verse not supposed to be taken literally, and what is its “real” meaning when taken allegorically?
So I am asking: is there a general method to separate the literal and allegorical verses? Obviously, if the church would declare the “status” of each verse, it would be helpful. But there is no such “annotated” bible. So, where do you (the believers) go for help? I suspect you just use the “simple” method: “if an atheist says something - it is wrong”. Can you prove me wrong this time? Is there a general method to find out about any arbitrary verse in the bible if it must be taken literally or allegorically?