WHY DOES IT MATTER

Why do we care about the Bible or which version might be more accurate?? Because we believe that there is a God and that he wanted to communicate with us, so he had His words written down for us, that we we have some idea as to how to live our lives and about how to know him, be saved from eternal damnation, etc...its important because it is in black and white. Not just some crazy guy said to tell you what God wants..So it is important to get it as right as we can when we read it. We believe that God has protected and preserved His word. The Old Testament er have pretty solid evidence as to the accuracy of the words, at least back as far as 150 BC; thanks to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Mosorites The New Testament . well that should be easier, the facts began to be convoluted in the late 19th early 20th century. Thais when the text that had been trusted for centuries began to be questioned. Thanks to some codex's (ancient books) that were discovered, and to the work of Westcott and Hort (more on that later) lets just say that for the past 140 years or so, the academic world has accepted this new text as the best text. and what difference does it make? they say that the basic Bibles we use King James Vs NIV and NASB are pretty identical and that the differences are minor. Perhaps, There is an 8% difference in the two basic schools of text. The Westcott/Hort, Nestle aka the NU and the other text being called the Majority Text (TR) The TR has the 8% more. So in an average Greek text with 600 pages that means that 48 pages are missing from the NU. If we grant that half of these differences are minor that leaves like 24 pages of error. So even though you may ere it said, from many sources, that the differences do not put the essential Christian doctrines at risk, some doctrines are weakened; such as the deity of Christ, the ascension of Christ, eternal judgement, the Holy Trinity. etc and the main harm is that the Bibles we hold dear are undermined. Which of course was Satan's first attack in the Garden "Did God really say?"Gen 3:1

Its like the National Inquire. Did you know that some of the stories in that publication are actually true? They have one Pulitzer's etc...but some are pure fantasy. The Bible is not that!

The next few days I will be posting some very precise facts about the New testament scripture, How we got it and which versions you should trust. Hope you will give a look with open mind

Be Blessed

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You may be expecting Bible Studies here. Those will be coming for sure, since we are a Bible Training Ministry.

We begin with some background on how we got our bible and how we can be sure it is reliable

 

A Breif Overview of the History of The Bible.

 

So we have shown evidence that the words of the Old Testaments are accurately preserved for over 2,000 years, back to 150 BC. Not back to the original time of 1400BC, however with that kind of amazing protection of the text, it should stand to reason that what we have is very accurate.

 

We have also shown that the Hebrew Text, as the original is superior to the Greek Septuagint, or the Latin Vulgate, though the Old Latin was also very accurate. That the Old Testament.

 

New Testament: So much information here. It essentially boils down to this. We (My Ministry) believe that God has preserved the Greek text since the First century and that this was done in the Byzantine Empire, taken up by Erasmus and Stephanus, which became known as the Textus Receptus (The Received Text) It was excepted for hundreds of years from the 1500’s until the early 1900’s.

The newer discovered texts of the various codexes (Codex: Vaticanus, Sinaiticus, and Alexandrianus) are dated from the 4th century and were considered the oldest and best texts. At that time Westcott and Hort decided to use these to write a new and presumably accurate to the original text. At that time, they brought about a new “science” called Biblical Higher Criticism, which they then used to “prove” the superiority of their new text to the Textus Receptus. Nestle came along a few years later and his Nextle Text (NU) became the basis for what are called the Modern English translations (NASB, NIV, ESV, etc.)

There is ample evidence in the oldest text samples (papyrus and the wiritings of the Church fathers, AKA the Patristic Writings, some 86,000, that predate the NU (Codex) texts. These writings the Patristic and the Papyri both are in line with the Textus Receptus and NOT the NU text, thus pretty much proving the superiority of the Textus Receptus.

 

This is unfortunately not taught or ignored by many if not most Christians.

We are told and it is true that over 90% of our Bibles are in agreement. The number is actually closer to 93%. With that said, it seems to me that we should ere on the side of the Majority Text if we are truly trying to find out what God really said.  THIS MEANS THAT THE KING JAMES , THE NEW KING JAMES , AND THE YOUNGS LITERAL TRANSLATIONS ARE THE MOST ACCURATE TRANSLATIONS! NOT ANY OF THE MODERN ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS: Though the modern English translations are fine to a point, just that they are 97% Bibles.

 

We believe that the very words are inspired of God, and not just the writers!!

Later I will post some practical advice on what to do with this info, if you do anything at all with it.

 

PS If you believe that a lot of different people just wrote the Bible to create a religion, then stay tuned…the facts would be like 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 to one of all that stuff happening in the way that it did without some kind of supernatural cause…