Sunday, May 24, 2015 4:44 AM

Accuracy of the Bible

Sunday, May 24, 2015 4:44 AM
Sunday, May 24, 2015 4:44 AM

When someone asks me how I can believe in the Bible when there are so many versions, I immediately know that this person has bought into the myth of Biblical inaccuracy. There is more authentication of the Bible than any other book in history; here is a simple explanation.

First different versions do not mean different gospel truths. It only means different word orders or different word selection; not a different meaning.

Secondly the oldest Greek manuscripts also have different wording. What does this mean for Biblical accuracy; it in fact verifies the truth of the Bible and the message. The oldest manuscripts also have variants in wording due to copyist errors, but by having so many we are able to compare and understand the original writings.  Here are two quotes that give us an insight into how our oldest manuscripts even with the copyist errors all agree to within 1%, and in that 1% there are no disagreements as to the accuracy of all of the Biblical doctrines of the Bible.

We possess more than 5,700 Greek manuscripts of segments of the New Testament, yet none of them are exactly alike. How do we determine the correct reading? Textual criticism is the field that examines the documents, categorizes the texts according to age, place of origin, and similarity to other manuscripts, and then offers external and internal criteria for determining the correct text.[1]

Although each of our manuscripts read differently, the overwhelming majority of variants are inconsequential, comprised mainly of spelling differences, the presence or absence of the article, changes in word order, and accidental omissions. Daniel Wallace contends that “only about 1% of the textual variants are both meaningful and viable” and that “significant textual variants that alter core doctrines of the NT have not yet been found.2]


[1] Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (38). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[2] Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (39). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

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