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New Testament is 99.5 percent accurate

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Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:42 am, Tue Aug 27, 2013.

Over the years, I've often heard that the Bible is a fairy tale that is full of errors and contradictions.

Funny thing is, is that no one has ever taken a Bible and shown me a contradiction or error. In fact, many admitted that they had never actually studied the Bible. They were parroting what they heard someone say or made a judgment call after a cursory reading.

The bottom line is — either the Bible is trustworthy and the word of God, or it is not. Due to space limitations for these letters, I can only briefly summarize just one proof that the Bible is accurate. I'll focus on the New Testament.

Do we have the original writings of the New Testament? No, we don't. Isn't this a major problem? No, because over 5,000 ancient copies and/or partial copies of the New Testament are in existence. And what is remarkable is that the time difference between some of these oldest copies and the dates of when the originals were penned is extremely short — just a few decades in one instance.

But, some may ask, aren't there differences in the many copies? Yes, there are some variations in the copies, but almost all of these are inconsequential — spelling errors, inverted phrases and the like (which is normal when copying lengthy volumes by hand).

The New Testament contains about 20,000 lines, and only 40 are in question, and none affects any significant doctrine. That makes the New Testament that we have today 99.5 percent accurate. Remember, the more copies of a document we have, and the closer the copies are to the original, the easier it is to get back to the original.

In contrast, look at some ancient secular writings. Only 20 copies of Roman historian Tacitus and only eight copies of Greek historian Herodotus exist. These copies date well over 1,000 years after the originals were penned. Yet, no one doubts the trustworthiness of these writings. Why, then, do people doubt the accuracy of the Bible?

Pastor Frank Nolton

New Hope Community Church


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  • Rick Houdack posted at 5:11 am on Tue, Dec 6, 2011.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 188

    I fear Mr. Diskin must have misinterpreted Mr. Nolton's intentions; Nolton is not and never has been on the hunt for truth behind biblical contradictions, he is not seeking facts.

    OT and NT discrepancies and contradictions must, in Nolton's mind, be minimalized at any cost, the conflicts must always add to God's mystic, unknowable nature - Nolton's income depends on it. Confusion and fear are the tools with which he loosens the purse strings of the gullible.

  • David Diskin posted at 6:46 pm on Sun, Dec 4, 2011.

    David Diskin Posts: 185

    Mr. Nolton, if you're searching for contradictions identified in the Bible (OT or NT), you don't have to look any further than Google.

    To speed things up, here is a nice list:

    There's 194 in that list, which is pretty horrendous considering the book is supposed to be of devine influence.

    If you're truly searching for evidence on the other side of your fence, may I suggest the writing of Richard Carrier. I would be happy to ask him to come and speak to your congration if you think others would be equally interested.



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