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When speaking with others about the word of God, I often run into skeptics who say that the Bible has been changed over time.
They say that King James translated it into his own version, and that it’s not wholly accurate.
Sadly for the many that I hear make such foolish statements, the Bible is real and accurate. Let me tell you why I believe this, and so should you.
There are more than 5,000 New Testament transcripts today, some of which have been documented as dating back to the second century.
There is work currently being done by the Dallas Theology Seminary that is close to confirming a first century manuscript of the New Testament.
In Lee Strobel’s book, “The Case for Christ,” the author discusses how close the authors of the Bible were to actual events.
“If the Crucifixion was as early as A.D. 30, Paul’s conversion was about 32. Immediately Paul was ushered into Damascus, where he met Ananias and some other disciples. His first meeting with the apostles in Jerusalem would have been about A.D. 35.
“Now you have the key facts about Jesus’ death for our sins, plus a detailed list of those to whom he appeared in resurrected form — all dating back to within two to five years of the events themselves!”
Folks, Paul wrote much of the New Testament. We can prove the authenticity of the Bible with various transcripts that date back to Christ.
The late author and scholar F.F. Bruce of the University of Manchester in England said, “There is no body of ancient literature in the world which enjoys such a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament.”
Truly, the Bible is original in its context.
Furthermore, from a historical perspective — not a religious one — it is the most accurate and documented body of literature ever. Next time someone tells you the Bible has been changed or is not accurate, ask him to prove it.
I can prove otherwise, and hopefully so can you.
Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him at email@example.com.