By David W. Daniels
You can know which Bible to trust. A quick look at history will make the
There are two streams of Bible history. One comes straight from the Apostles,
with over 5,000 manuscripts - the broad evidence of history - to support it.
It agrees with the Bibles of persecuted believers, like the Vaudois in the Alps.
They received the Scriptures from Antioch about 120 AD and spent 30 years
carefully translating it, word for word. Since they knew the truth, they
never joined the Roman Catholic system.
The Polluted Stream
The other stream is polluted. About the time of Christ, Philo of
Alexandria, Egypt blended pagan Greek philosophy with Judaism. The
so-called "Christians" who lived there after him were no better. They
doubted Jesus was eternally God, or that God's miracles were real. The
3rd to 5th century Alexandrian school wrote Bibles after Antioch, changing
or removing thousands of words. A handful of some 45 semicomplete
Alexandrian Bibles exist. The rest are literally scraps of paper.
Among those 45, 3 are important: Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus and Vaticanus.
But they don't agree in even two successive verses! In the Lord's Prayer
in Luke, they only agree in 13 out of 45 words!
A Visual Image
Suppose you ran off over 5,000 copies of a book at the print shop.
Out of 5,366 copies, 45 came out missing pages and badly copied. Which
will you keep? The answer is obvious.
Where Do the
Two Streams Lead?
Most Alexandrian manuscripts were relegated to a desert trashcan.
Some tried to fix them, changing words to be more like the other Bibles,
but gave up. These confused Bibles lead straight to the Roman
Catholic Institution. The Roman Catholics used their Apocrypha and
other perversions to make some of their doctrines. This was the Bible
of the persecutors. And most of the Bibles on the market today are based
on the Alexandrian Bibles, like the NASV, NLT and NIV. The fruit of
the perverted Alexandrian texts is obvious: Roman Catholic doctrine, and
continued doubt about what God really said.
The Antiochian manuscripts were continually used and copied by faithful
Christians, generation after generation. Baptists used them, and they
lead straight to the Protestant Reformation. The best English translation
is the King James Bible.
The fruit of the KJV is easy to see. The USA was founded by it.
Bible-believing churches are known by it. (Ironically, churches and
Christians called extreme Fundamentalists are simply churches that did not
leave the fundamentals.) Most of the major revivals of the last two
centuries were fueled by it.
Yes, there are two streams, and two Bibles. But one careful look and
the choice is obvious. May God bless you as you make the right choice.
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