The writers were teaching something much deeper than the literal words. Example: Jesus and Barabbas is simply a metaphor that when humanity is given a choice between Truth and Light,the majority will not turn to Truth and Light.
The good and bad seed is simply a metaphor that our thoughts and actions will either produce good fruit, or bad fruit.
The New Testament will never be understood in a literal manner. The Esoteric insights hold the key.
Gnosis (Knowledge) Trumps belief every time!