Is the Bible the inerrant word of God?

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for all good works.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (21st Century King James Version) »... show more “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for all good works.”
~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (21st Century King James Version)
» http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20timothy%203:16-3:17&version=KJ21

I know a lot of Christians take this and other Bible verses to mean that there are no errors in the Bible, since it is the word of God.

But in many respects, it seems the Bible only has “no errors” when compared to the knowledge of the men who wrote it. We’ve discovered a lot more about the world and the universe since those times, some of which shows that the Bible is wrong. For instance:

• The Bible contains a worldview which is clearly that of a flat earth (eg: Isaiah 11:12 , Isaiah 44:24 ), and a luminous moon (Gen 1:16), in a geocentric universe (eg: Joshua 10:12-13, Ps. 93:1, 1 Chron. 16:30), along with Mesopotamian astronomy of the period. We now know the Earth is an oblate spheroid, the moon is not luminous, the Earth-Moon system orbits a heliocentric solar system, and the centre of the universe cannot be uniquely determined.

• The Bible describes of the origins of Earth’s organisms in Genesis 1 and 2 – accounts which read like wildly inaccurate guesswork, when compared to what we now know about the deep time of geology and palaeontology, and about the evolution of life forms over billions of years; eg – see:
» http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_and_the_Bible#Biology

• The Bible proscribes intercropping (Lev. 19:19, Deut 22:9), a practice often associated with contemporary sustainable agriculture and organic farming in modern agricultural science.

In addition, the Bible seems to be very self-contradictory indeed; eg – here’s a compilation of 1,545 self-contradictory Bible verses:
» http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/contra/by_book.html

So if the Bible is the inerrant word of God, how come it contains soooo many errors?
Update: @Kirk: thanks for the speedy answer. I hope and trust that you're going to edit your "Yes" to answer why, if as you assert the Bible is the inerrant word of God, it contains soooo many errors?
Update 2: @God. – Oops! Sorry, didn’t mean to step on your toes, metaphorically speaking of course (do you have toes, literally?), but it’s just that some of your followers seem to be blinded – by their faith in the Bible – into seeking to absolve “the apostles who wrote it, and the jag offs who wrote it before them” of any... show more @God. – Oops! Sorry, didn’t mean to step on your toes, metaphorically speaking of course (do you have toes, literally?), but it’s just that some of your followers seem to be blinded – by their faith in the Bible – into seeking to absolve “the apostles who wrote it, and the jag offs who wrote it before them” of any blame, by flat out denying that there ARE any errors whatsoever!
Update 3: @ULAM: good point – if it’s all God-given anyway, why on Earth do we have four variant biographies of Jesus anyway? Why not one perfect biography?? As for the discrepancies and contradictions you mention, I agree that we know from numerous demonstrations and studies just how unreliable eyewitness accounts can be.... show more @ULAM: good point – if it’s all God-given anyway, why on Earth do we have four variant biographies of Jesus anyway? Why not one perfect biography?? As for the discrepancies and contradictions you mention, I agree that we know from numerous demonstrations and studies just how unreliable eyewitness accounts can be. But we’re supposed to believe that the Holy Spirit ensured that nothing but the God’s honest truth flowed from the pens of the Bible’s authors. I guess since the discrepancies and contradictions are right there in black and white for all to see, from Genesis to Revelations, that brings in to question at the very least the efficacy of the Holy Spirit; and at the very most, the entire existence of God, which I think is your principal point.
Update 4: @Everybody: Many thanks for all your answers. Seems like the more I question my faith, the more it unravels in my mind.
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