Tuesday

Accuracy & Doubt

In judging the accuracy of ancient manuscripts like the writings of Plato and Homer, authorities evaluate two things: 

1. How many copies are available for comparing inconsistencies. 

2. When was the copy made (i.e. how long after the original).

Most ancient manuscripts have under ten copies and date 1000 plus years after their originals. 

But there's one that stands alone as if Someone had guaranteed it would be above doubt. 

It has:
  • 5,750 ancient manuscripts in the original language
  • 25,000 in other languages
  • 1 manuscript dated 300 years after the original writing
  • 1 part of the manuscript dated 35 years after the original
When compared, all manuscripts are equivalent except for very minor, insignificant differences. 

If you haven't already guessed, it's the New Testament. 

Isn't it ironic that despite these proofs, more people doubt the validity of the Bible than any other ancient manuscript? 

"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever." Isaiah 40:8 
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Source: Skeptics Answered by D. James Kennedy

3 comments:

  1. Hi Gail,
    I love this. I never understand why people deny its validity with so much evidence proving the validity. Thanks for sharing this today.
    Debi

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  2. Hi Gail! Wow, those are some impressive statistics. When it comes to faith, if you don't have it, you just don't get it. Nothing you can say will win someone over, if they aren't ready, don't you think? But we have the Lord on our side, and certainly some great proofs :)
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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  3. Thank you for this! I was just talking to a young lady that I am discipling, about this very thing and was planning to look for a source after the holidays. I came across this on Pinterest. Done!
    Patti M

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