Another excerpt (from response to rebuttal):
So in your OPINION, a divinely inspired text would have to be inerrant. In my OPINION, it does not. We both have our opinionated reasons for believing what we believe.
In my opinion, the errors are irrelevant.
Allow me to quote myself. Not all of the paradoxes found in the Bible are relevant, but serve as arrows to direct the reader toward higher meaning. The accounts of the death of Judas and many other alleged discrepancies are irrelevant to the truth of God, yet they serve as stumbling blocks to those who are shallow or legalistic in their thought. In this way, the Word of God becomes a sieve, separating its readers through a series of screens. Paul describes this sieve in 1 Cor: 1. Those who have made themselves too big, too self-righteous, get trapped in the holes, while those who have allowed themselves to be made small, pass through to see the hidden truth. Jesus Christ makes reference to his own device of conveying God's truth in parables (Luke 8:10) so that "...though hearing, they may not understand."
I would like to take this opportunity to point out to you that Friedrich Nietzsche, poster boy for existentialism, was very fond of intentionally using words that would be misinterpreted by careless, superficial readers. Walter Kaufmann, who edited Nietzsche's 'Ecce Homo', included this in his introduction:
"Nietzsche had an almost pathological weakness for one particular kind of ambiguity, which, to be sure, is not irremediable: he loved words and phrases that mean one thing out of context and almost the opposite in the context he gives them... The former is bound to lead astray hasty readers, browsers and...nonreaders."
When a man does this type of thing, it is considered a matter of genius. When similar devices are employed in the bible, there is no reason to discount them as foolishness. Of course, it is not the 'hasty' reader that is being sifted out in the Bible, but the spiritual Pharisee who is being left in the dark.”
The reason for introducing these apparent errors, or allowing irrelevant errors, can be found in the Zen philosophy. The Masters of Zen don't seek to enlighten their students with the truth; they seek to confound them in order that they discover the truth for themselves. Herein lies the difference between knowing how to do multiplication and merely memorizing and regurgitating multiplication tables. If the truth about God could be told, we could know ABOUT Him, but in seeking and finding Him for ourselves, we can KNOW Him.
The logic in the errors is thus: The errors expose our non-spiritual, Pharisaical, self-righteous way of thinking. We will deny the spiritual need of repentance because bats are mammals, not birds. We will scoff at and make fun of a man dying on a cross because a whale is anatomically incapable of swallowing a man, who subsequently survives the ingestion. We will continue on in our self-righteous glory, because Moses was a murderer, David was an adulterer and murderer and because Lot played hanky panky with his daughters. In other words, God gives us enough rope to hang ourselves.