Do you take things others say on "BLIND FAITH"?? or do you use REASONED FAITH??.... // The more I have studied and looked into the original manuscripts and the Bible itself the more my Faith is secure in Gods word... // Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NKJV)
may i propose a deeper, broader question? how do we know that the bible is right if there is strong evidence of other religions that were established before 0 A.D. Not saying the bible is wrong, just makes me wonder why different regions of the world have similar rules/commandments but different "God(s)" they worship before Jesus started his miracles in Jerusalum.... I am catholic btw...if that matters......
Experience. When you find that God fulfills the promises He makes to believers in His word in your everyday life you can find the faith to accept all His word. Or to put it another way, if he proves himself faithful to his word in my experience I can trust him for the rest.
Faith in the word of God is the beginning to knowing that scripture is true Then getting answers to prayer about the truth of the scriptures is the testimony you build upon. Finally, by living its teaching we experience the truth and blessing of following the Savior, which is all the proof a believer will ever need that the scriptures are true.
The original manuscripts-that is, the actual pieces of parchment or papyrus upon which St. Paul and others wrote the Bible-are no longer extant. But, especially as regards to the New Testament there has been an unbroken chain of manuscripts from the originals. There are thousands of ancient manuscripts extant, including ones from the first and second centuries. Scholars have been able to correlate the manuscripts to know that the Bible we have today is faithful to the originals. A good book on this issue is The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F. F. Bruce. Regarding the Old Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls, first discovered in 1947 were from the time of Christ and even to the 2nd century BC. These manuscripts predate the previously oldest known manuscripts by a thousand years. Comparisons of these texts with the others already in existence showed that they were essentially identical. This information confirms how carefully the texts were copied over the centuries and has given scholars tremendous confidence in the accuracy of the Old Testament we have today.http://www.faithfacts.org/search-for-truth/misconceptions-about-christianity
I read Greek. Some of the translations are interpretations, like Good News for Modern Man, and some are very close to the original, like the American Standard Version or the King James. All have minor deviations from word order, because Greek order and English word order are not the same. But if you compare two or three translations, you will be struck with similarity, not divergence. I have examined the translations and found there is maybe a page and a half of variant readings. most of the variant readings are very similar. None of the variant readings affect a major doctrine.
im a Muslim and many thingz have been changed in da bible ovr da centuries. Like da fact (God forbid) Jesus or Isa (A.S) iz da son of God....dat iz xtremely wrong....God or Allah has no son....!!!! The Quran iz de only holy book which has not been changed and everything written in it has been tru so far.....i would recommend reading its translation if you wanna noe whats tru and whats not in da bible!!!!
You have to look at each "version" individually. Most, like the ESV try to go back to the best Greek manuscripts and makes use of many scholars to try to get the best possible translation. Others are admittedly done by one person and are obviously more prone to personal bias and may be more like paraphrases rather than true translations. These may be okay for referring to, but shouldn't be used for serious study.
I believe the original text to be inerrant, but I don't think every word of it has been translated correctly and also without opinion and prejudice. For instance, the verses that list homosexuals as people who will not inherit the kingdom of God. The common Greek word for homosexual was not used there, in fact, Paul used a very uncommon word, not written in any other texts of that time period, and yet it was translated as that. So a guess by the translator is considered fact by most Christians. Cherry picking verses is how people end up being able to back up just about anything they believe in. It's how there are pre, mid and post tribbers. There are versus that lend credence to all of those beliefs. It's always important to consider audience, the context and entire passage, and if what is said is congruent with other passages.
Many Christian scholars now admit that, the gospels were written in Hebrew. And yet not one Hebrew manuscript has ever been found. All have been in Greek. More than 150,000 different readings have been found in the older witnesses of the NT. We now know, at least, this much that we do not know who wrote the original bible.
I know the Bible is not RIGHT because it tells us God is a murderer; that God killed, or caused to be killed, millions of innocent people. That God ordered, or approved of, the murder of civilians, of little children, of helpless old people, defenseless women, prisoners of war, and even livestock. It tells us that God approved slavery, polygamy & gave instructions to soldiers to keep the virgins for themselves. The Bible is full of improbabilities that bend natural law. A talking snake. A giant boat with two of all the world's "clean" animals. A man inside a whale, and one who raises himself from the dead and ascends “bodily” to heaven. I reject and call blasphemous any book that says such is the nature of God. If there is a God, the Bible is a blasphemy. If there is no God, the Bible is a myth. The Bible slanders God, and therefore the Bible cannot be RIGHT.