Alan H wrote: Pahu wrote:
Alan H wrote:Well, that's different to your previous answer.
Is that different yet again?
But they say different things, don't they?
No. They all say the same thing in different ways. All Bibles reveal the same message and are 100% accurate.
Except for the bits that are missing from some bibles... How can they 'reveal' the same message if some don't have large chunks of the that message? Or do you mean 'reveal the same message' in some glib, superficial way?
What bits? What chunks? The message in the Bible was revealed by God.
But please don't forget I said this:
In fact, to cut to the chase, your actual claims seem to be that a) all bibles, regardless of whether complete or incomplete. when they were written written, what idioms and what languages are used all say exactly the same thing; and b) they are all 100% accurate. Are these accurate summaries of your claims? If not, please correct them.
The Bible consists of 66 books: 39 in the OT and 27 in the new. The Bible took about 1600 years to write. It was written in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) by about 40 authors and is internally consistent throughout.
The Bible is 98½ percent textually pure. Through all the copying of the Biblical manuscripts of the entire Bible, only 1½% has any question about it. Nothing in all of the ancient writings of the entire world approaches the accuracy of the biblical documents.
The 1½ percent that is in question does not affect doctrine. The areas of interest are called variants and they consist mainly in variations of wording and spelling.
The NT has over 5000 supporting Greek manuscripts existing today with another 20,000 manuscripts in other languages. Some of the manuscript evidence dates to within 100 years of the original writing. There is less than a 1% textual variation in the NT manuscripts.
Some of the supporting manuscripts of the NT are:
John Rylands MS written around A.D. 130, the oldest existing fragment of the gospel of John.
Bodmer Papyrus II (A.D. 150-200) .
Chester Beatty Papyri (A.D. 200), contains major portions of the NT .
Codex Vaticanus (A.D. 325-350), contains nearly all the Bible.
Codex Sinaiticus (A.D. 350), contains almost all the NT and over half of the OT .