The Reliability of The Bible
I can certainly understand why some people do not trust the Bible and the many translations that have been done. With a little understanding of the History of the Bible and how much pain, hard work and dedication that went into making the translations accurate, you would then see that the Bible is the most accurate piece of historical document that man has in his possession.
I am not just saying this because I am a Christian, here are the facts, the only book that comes close as far as accuracy is the manuscripts (copies) of “Homer” (writer of the Trojan Horse) These writings were copied 500 years between the times of the original documents. Six hundred and forty three (643) copies still exist and the writings are 95% correct. The original document was written 900 B.C. the earliest copy was done about 400 B.C.
Compare those stats to the “New Testament” writings of the Bible
The “New Testament” Documents were copied less than 100 years between the time of the original documents 5600 copies still exist and the writings are 99.5% correct. The original documents were written 1st Cent. A.D. (50-100 A.D.) and the earliest copy was made 2nd Cent. A.D. (c. 130 A.D. f.). The original copy still exists today. Historians can still compare the copies against the original. Note: The Old Testament is not taken in as a factor yet, in the equation.
Some may call the Bible a classic, but to call the Bible a “Classic” is diminishing its importance and shows a lack of understanding about the History and present statistics on the Bible. The Bible is the most translated book in the entire history of mankind and it is still being translated into many of the world’s languages, the current goal is to translate it into all the languages of the world by 2025. A partial fulfillment of prophesy foretold in Mathew 24:14:
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Mathew 24:14:
The Bible is still the number 1 best seller of all time, surpassing every book that has ever been written. In fact The Bible consists of 66 books: 39 in the OT (Old Testament) and 27 in the NT (New Testament). The Bible took about 1600 years to be written. It was written in 3 languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, & Greek) by about 40 authors from about 65 different countries around the world and is internally consistent throughout.
The Bible has been a source of hope and assurance to millions of people, at the same time, it has been misused and abused. People have been trying to destroy it and wipe it out of the minds of mankind, wicked men have even tried to burn them, but still it prevails, a fulfillment of Mathew 24:35
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Mathew 24:35
It is interesting to note that since the Amity printing press (the largest printing press in Soviet China) was built, Amity has printed more than 50 million Bibles in 75 different languages, exporting them to 60 countries. Recently, the printing press moved to a new location, now with its Timson T32 high-speed web-press, they have the capacity to print a million Bibles a month. “The time when the Bible was in short supply in China is now consigned to history!” ~ Rev. Cao Shengjie, former China Christian Council President
I say these things above not to convince anyone, because I myself did not know these facts before I became a Christian, It was the Holy Spirit working on my heart and letting me know that I need the saving grace of Jesus . When I gave my life to Christ a miracle took place and I became a new man, I cannot explain the supernatural but, the natural things that changed in my life, gives evidence of the new birth that has taken place. We don’t have to know all the facts about the Bible to place our faith in God.
In our tolerant and inclusive society, we may be confused as to why we should believe totally in the Bible and in Jesus, after all, there are so many religions out there. What makes the Bible and Christianity so special and exclusive? The Bible is exclusive because, it is the inspired “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 furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Jesus is the only savior given to mankind and He is the only one qualified to save us, because He came and lived a sinless life, died and resurrected and went back to heaven with a promise to return and give that same resurrection power to us, so that we too can live forever. If you check any other religion, you will not find anyone qualified to save us from our sins or give any evidence of resurrection power, coupled with the promise of eternal life; so as for me, I will continue to place my trust in the Bible, the inspired Word of God and the Messiah Jesus Christ of Nazareth. His words can be trusted and the world has not found any fault with Jesus or His Word. If we refuse to believe the Bible then we must throw out all the writings of all other books that exist, because they do not stand up against the Bible in either accuracy or reliability.
General Bible Resources:
- The Bible
- Manuscript evidence for superior New Testament reliability :
- Historic Bible Pages Put Online
- The History of The Bible
If you are not a Christian and you would like to know more about how to be saved, please read The Gospel.
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