"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8
God’s Holy Word
Folks often question the origins, the validity, the reliability of the Holy Bible. Here, we will summarize what scholars have been studying.
“Evidence That Demands a Verdict” by Josh MacDowell mentions that the scriptures are based on no less than 25,000 manuscripts. This is more than any other book ever written.
The Bible has been translated into more than 2,200 languages and the number continues to grow. By 2022, it is estimated that it will have been translated into every language on earth.
In 1998 the total number of Bibles sold and distributed was in excess of 585 million copies, based on the United Bible Societies’ report.
There are now more than 5,686 known Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. And over 10,000 Latin Vulgate and at least 9,300 other early versions, and we have close to, if not more than, 25,000 manuscript copies of portions of the New Testament in existence today.
Truth in its words:
There are prophecies in the Old Testament that have come true in the New Testament.
Example in Isaiah 53:
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
Josh McDowell has an extensive paper on the subject of the Holy Bible which can be seen here if you would like to go deeper into its history.
Personal Commentary Some folks will cast doubts on the validity of what was written about in the Bible… The way I look at it is to think about human beings who were inspired by God, whose only motivation was to record their observations about what they were experiencing first hand. The Holy Writ is no less valid simply because thousands of years have passed since the events it portrays. The passage of time does not invalidate what was written. I try to put myself in the Apostles’ place, and wrote down for posterity what I had observed in my lifetime and my experiences with the Lord Jesus. Personally, I think I would be a bit offended if I could foresee folks unbelief in the future. Why would I not faithfully record what is was observing? What would be my motive? In reading the Old Testament, about the days where the Ark of the Covenant was being transported from place to place, and worship being conducted in tent of meeting in the desert, with God appearing in flames above the tent, and to hear His Voice audibly, I think I would be convinced that it was all very real! And, I would try to faithfully record events I was witnessing.