Anyone who believes he or she is taking scripture literally must believe that his or her own subjective interpretation is precisely what God means. In other words, literalists are actually worshiping themselves. When other believers disagree, the literalist deduces they are lost. He or she then uses scripture as a crowbar to force them into their proper place within the literalist’s understanding. When people resist, as their own sanity requires, the literalist then concludes he or she is being rejected and persecuted. Literalism is a hellhole.