> Perhaps it would suffice to say that the bible was written using the best information available to the authors at the time.
Well said. If you could somehow transport one of those authors to modern times, bring him up to speed on what we know today, then explain that there are folks who take what he wrote as literal truth, I'm sure that old-timer would be shocked. "Hey guys, we were trying to make sense of the world around us using what we had to go with."
You have to realize that most of the things in the Bible and other ancient religious manuscripts were not at odds with how people understood the world to be. They didn't understand germs and infection. Thunder and lightning were not known to be electrical phenomena (since electricity had yet to be discovered). Likewise with volcanoes, earthquakes, comets and meteors. That these things were supernatural events was a quite reasonable explanation.