This is assuming the author of those verses and books meant for them to be taken literally to begin with; or that they even WERE taken literally...
Well if you include the first Christian himself, then I would disagree strongly with that statement. Jesus constantly referred to the writings of Moses as if they were literal. His audience made no challenge to this. The literal interpretations have been gradually broken down . . . not the other way round, in spite of the neo-fundamentalism that exists today.
Genesis got it right about the universe having a beginning, rather than being eternal. Scientists didn't even consider it as a possibility for a while, because it was too close to the biblical version. But that was the scientists' bias.
Sure . . . nearly all "scientists" at one time were religious people, so had there own false premises to overcome. But personal bias is only part of the story. The threat of execution by religious zealots who's authority was threatened probably played a more influential role than genuine personal bias. Science demands you place unsupported belief in the work-in-progress category at least. No individual is content with conflicting beliefs . . . least of all those dedicated to science.