I ran across this quote by Hans Boersma (J.I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College)in a “Community Called Atonement” by Scot McKnight:
“[Metaphors] are a divinely given means to avoid idolatrous claims of knowledge. Metaphors are non-literal descriptions of reality. They are an acknowledgment that we need to access the world around us in an indirect fashion, and that the idea of direct and complete access is an arrogant illusion that violates the multifaceted integrity if the created world.”
“Non-literal descriptions of reality”. Wonderfully put.