Every time you try to explain what you base your faith on, the trail grows fainter.
Were you or are you a JW?
Because your Black and white view of things ( it is either this way or that way) is very typical of one.
Bruce Metzger was a reknown biblical scholar, perhaps THE biblical scholar of this time, teacher of Barth Ehrman ( Bart worked with him on a book) and he did NOT believe the bible to be innerant and that it must be take for what it is and not for what it was never meant to be ( A science book for example).
It doesn't mean it is worthless, far from that, and I agree.
But according to you it must either be LITERAL and PERFECT and everyhting is EXACT or it is rejected, right?
Well, my point is that the other option is to take if for what it is, a historical book about God, written by man, a book the details events and stories that were written down by ancient man according to HIS understanding at the time, some of it ( the prats about God) inspired by God and others written by man to justify man.
Jereimah said as much when he criticiized the scribes for putting errors in scripture to try to control the people, Jesus did the same thing with his critique of the all the laws man had added to the bible without God's permission.