Those are very interesting points, Christy.
I wouldn’t argue against Jesus accidentally hitting his thumb with a hammer, or mistaking John for Peter. I would, however, have difficulty thinking that his scientific knowledge of how the universe works (i.e., is the universe heliocentric or geocentric?) is faulty or misguided. It says in the Book of John that Jesus is the creator of the universe (John 1:1-3). Paul says by him all things consist (1 Colossians).
How could the creator of it all not know how it all works?
One argument I’ve heard is that the fact Jesus doesn’t ever give you a single scientific statement (being that He IS the creator) it should give you pause about why Jesus (God incarnate) dwelt amidst us. To teach you how the world was created? About molecules, gravity, the orbits of the planets? No. He came to tell us spiritual Truth, and a means by which we can be saved.
It is interesting trying to wrap your mind around the idea that Jesus is fully human as well as fully God. As God he can perform miracles, speak prophecies, teach you moral truths, raise up from the dead etc. But as a human he gets thirsty, has to walk to travel (or ride a donkey), bleeds, gets weary, is tempted by sin… but yet never gives in.
As far as “messiness in the Bible”, I mostly agree with you. Growing up, I found biblical contradictions deeply disturbing to me. I felt the need to provide answers for each and every perceived contradiction (or inconsistency) … and by doing that can halfway make you crazy.
The biggest turning point in my biblical understanding is when I chose to stop asking the question: “What does the Bible say?” to instead “What is the Bible trying to teach me?”. When you ask the “why” and “what for?” you start thinking about the Bible in a much more critical-thinking fashion. Reading Genesis 1 as a kid I created bizarre theories in my mind about how you could have an evening and a morning on each Creation Day, while simultaneously have a Sun and Moon that’s created on Day Four (maybe the light and darkness circled around the earth for three days, and on the fourth day, that light was manifested into the sun?) When I read the puzzling verse of water being BEHIND the Sun, Moon and Stars in Genesis 1, I was elated to find that NASA actually discovered trillions of tons of water, out in space, millions of light-years away — (I accepted the data of the water discovery, while simultaneously discrediting the part that said "millions of light-years away)
Long story short, it took me awhile to finally realize how illogical my thinking was; how many mental gymnastics I went through in my mind, simply to maintain the sanctity of the “100% hyper literal reading” of Genesis. When it wasn’t even necessary (nor profitable) to do so.