> With those considerations in mind I find this
> passage quite 'real', but I see certain
> difficulties. For one, was Jesus speaking
> literally when he said the part about flame
Not in this case. Stones do not produce flames.
Spiritual stones do. Stones being ideas.
John 6 ; 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Matthew 3: 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Most of what scriptures describe are of what happens within our minds.
That is perhaps why god, in the Vatican's creation painting, shows god sitting on/in a representation of our brains right hemisphere.