24 May 2011

“Now it is time to awake” 50,000 Errors in the Bible

Recently a young man purchased a King James Version Bible thinking it was without error. One day when he glancing through a book a back issue of Look magazine he came across an article entitled “ The Truth About The Bible”, when he said that “as early as 1720, an English authority estimated that there were at least 20,000 errors in the  two editions of The New Testament commonly read by Protestants & Catholic. Modern students say there are probably 50,000 errors”. The young man was shocked. His faith in the Bible’s authenticity was shaken. “How can the Bible be reliable when it contains thousands of serious discrepancies and inaccuracies?” he asks.

Bear in mind that the author’s purpose in presenting the material that appeared in the Look February 26, 1952. Was to show why an intensive study of an ancient manuscript has been undertaken by the scholars have crept into the Bible text rather than the general reliability of the text. He cites of most outstanding errors and, by stating that some students claim the King James Version has 50,000 errors, he leaves the impression that 50,000 such serious errors occur in the Bible, which, of course is not true. Most of these so called errors have been corrected by the modern Translators. The remaining discrepancies are of an extremely minor nature. Which do not appreciably after the authenticity of the Bible text.
The article begins with a question: “How accurate is the Holy Bible that we read today?” But throughout his entire article the author never answers that question. But if he had, he would have had to answer that as a whole the Bible is accurate, true and authentic.
But what about the other points the article raises. Such as, “Was there really, in Jesus time. An Adulteress, whose accusers were sternly told, ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her’….? Did Jesus really say, ‘Go ya into all the world and perches the Gospel …’ Or he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved….? Did St. John himself write the holy Trinity attributed to him? From information modern scholars have developed, the answer to each question is probably ‘NO’” Here again another of the article, Hart Zell Spence, is only partly correct.
undefinedThe Passage, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” is not found in several of the older manuscripts of the Bible. The New World Translation the Bible sets aside by the first eleven verses from the rest of the text of the John chapter eight. It is given as foot note, which shows that The Sinaitic Manuscript, The Vatican MS No. 1209 and the Sinaitic Syriac Codex Do Not contain these words. Keep in mind that the Sinaitic and the Vatican No. 1209 Manuscript are the oldest in existence, dating from the fourth century. These verses are found in the Codex Bezae of the sixth century, The Latin Vulgate of the fourth and fifth centuries and the Jerusalem Syriac version of the sixth century. But since the oldest manuscript do not contain these verses their origin is doubtful.—John 8: 7. What about the next point, “Did Jesus really say, ‘Go ya into the world and preach the Gospel’ ?The Author quotes from the last twelve verses of Mark Chapter sixteen, which have long been changed. The New World Translation sets apart those last verses from the General Text. It shows that certain ancient manuscript and the versions of the Scriptures add a long conclusion, but the siniatic, The Vatican No. 1209, the sinaitic codex and the American version of the fourth and fifth centuries. Do not contain this passage and hence it is of doubtful authenticity. The author leaves the impression that the Good News or the gospel is not to be preached because this text containing such admonition is not authentic. However, in several and other passages are reliable. For instance, Matthew 24: 14 (New World Translation): “And this is good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for the purpose of a witness to all the nations, baptizing them.” So other scriptures, besides this questionable one in Mark. Prove that Christ’s followers are to preach and baptize. What about this point: “Did St. John himself write the reference to the Holy Trinity Attributed to him?” The Scriptures referred to is 1 John 5:7:8 In commenting on this text a Greek Scripture Translator, Benjamin Wilson, writes in his The Empathetic Diaglott: “This text concerning the heavenly witness is not contained in any Greak manuscript which was written earlier than the fifteenth century. It is not cited by any of the Greak ecclesiastical writers; nor by any of the early Latin Fathers, even when the subject upon whom they treated would naturally have led them to appeal to it  authority. It is therefore evidently spurious.” The Truth fullness of the statement is borne out by the fact that the modern translators (except Roman Catholic translation from the Latin version) do not include the text. An extremely significant point is that modern translations have already eliminated the Errors to which this writer refers in his article. Notice that the twenty to fifty thousands errors are accredited to the “Two editions of the New Testament Commonly read by the Protestants and Catholic Douay Version, which were produced in 1611 and 1600 respectively. So they were both more than the 300 years old. When these translations were made the Koine Greek in which the Bible was written was not so welled understood as it today. So those translators made errors in translation that have been corrected by modern scholars. Archeologists also have contributed to Bible research by finding many ancient manuscripts of the scriptures. Bible errors have been eliminated two points where the remaining minor discrepancies are negligible. Sir Frederic G. Kenyon, an outstanding English scholar, in his book The Bible and Archaeology, pages 288, 289, says: “The Interval than between the dates of Original composition and the earliest extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible, and the last foundation for any doubt that the scripture have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed.” 

Source : Awake Magazine (see the Image)


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