In general, or as instructed by the Pope, Do Roman Catholics take every word of the bible to be literal or does the RC faith accept symbolic messages and metaphor as a part of Scripture? Some combination of the two? What does the RC church teach with respect to what happens to faithful believers who cannot bring themselves to “believe” in the 100% literal truth of stories like Job and Noah, but “believe” in the sense that they put their faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior and keep the sacraments as understood by the RC church?
My personal belief is that God is too immense for our pea-brains, and He cannot be fully explained or understood in any language, so it is necessary to use metaphor and symbolism to get certain points across. (A little like trying to explain the internet to a 1st century Hebrew.) Particularly in the Old Testament, there are many stories we grew up learning that I do not believe God expects us to accept as literal truth. That does nothing to diminish the truth of the Bible’s messages or make the Bible less guided by the will of God, it merely allows the stories to transcend the confines of time, culture, and language. That is my opinion, and my church might disagree with me, but I cannot simply turn away from my faith that God is omniscient to believe God and Satan actually wagered over the faith of Job. As Einstein said, God does not play dice. To me, that makes God way too human and pedestrian, but it was necessary to anthropomorphize God to illustrate the important truths about faith that the Job story is trying to get across to people.