In Baptisms there is a death and rebirth. Is that death figurative or literal?
I would say that the answer is literal and figurative, but it is not the body that dies and is reborn but the spirit is literally reborn. The immaterial part of man that reasons and moralizes is reborn. It is figurative because the body does not die nor is it reborn at this particular time but the body has to wait until the resurrection. Good question.
I can only answer in the context of the Catholic faith, and to the best of my abilities.
But it is figurative. In the Catholic baptism, the person is washed clean of the 'Original Sin' of Adam and is reborn.
body = figurative, spirit = literal (because your spirit is awoken and 'reborn')
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