“You cannot trust the Bible because it’s been translated too many times.” So say skeptics that hope to destroy the Bible’s influence, or liberals seeking a less stringent form of Christianity. Both camps desire to minimize or eliminate God’s inspired commands so that individuals are free to choose according to their hearts desires or “What is right in their own eyes” (Judges 17:6).
The aforementioned argument is frequently cited – “We cannot trust the Bible because it has been translated too many times.”Such a statement is patently false because it assumes that we do not have access to early manuscripts in the original languages. Thus we are forced to rely on “rough copies” that have been modified countless times through the years.
In reality, we have THOUSANDS of early manuscripts of the Bible in the original Greek and Hebrew languages. The Dead Sea Scrolls, found in 1947, date back to the period between Malachi and Matthew. Most New Testament manuscripts date from the second century AD (1800 years ago!), and several from the days of the apostles. Comparisons between accurate modern translations and early manuscripts confirm that our Bible is virtually identical to what was written nearly two thousand years ago.
Moreover, most modern translators are experts in the original languages of the Bible; moreover they are familiar with the idioms and meanings of words and phrases used in Biblical times. Thus they are more than capable of accurately translating them into English and other languages.
You can trust the Bible! It is the product of thousands of tedious hours of study, examination and cross referencing in order to communicate God’s word as it was originally given by inspiration - 2 Tim. 3:16.
“Your word is very pure; Therefore Your servant loves it.” (Psa. 119:140)
Jesus, always Jesus!