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The True Ancient Document

1 Corinthians 1:18
New King James Version (NKJV)

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

(From The Bible is not without its difficulties. After all, some of its older books were written 3,000 years ago in a radically different culture than our own. There are cultural barriers to overcome as well as contextual issues to consider when delving into the Bible...

If the Word of God had a fatal flaw, somebody would have found it by now--after nearly 2000 years of scrutiny. Despite the critics, the Bible remains the world's best-seller of all time. The Bible is reliable; it has earned that status...

No book has been more intensely scrutinized or hotly debated. The Bible has outlasted many governments (including Rome) that sought to ban or destroy it. Scholars, intellectuals and even theologians have pored over every verse, seeking a way to disprove its divine inspiration...

Many people seem to think there are only a handful of master copies of the biblical test. The truth is that there are more than 24,000 manuscripts of New Testament writings. We could destroy every modern translation of the Bible and perfectly reproduce their content from these manuscripts...

Dr. Ravi Zacharias at Oxford University made the following statement: "In real terms, the New Testament is easily the best attested ancient writing in terms of the sheer number of documents, the time span between the events and the documents, and the variety of documents available to sustain or contradict it. There is nothing in ancient manuscript evidence to match such textual availability and integrity."

When one compares the text of one manuscript with another, the match is amazing. Sometimes the spelling may vary, or words may be transposed, but that is of little consequence. Concerning word order, Bruce M. Metzger, professor emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary, explains: "It makes a whale of a difference in English if you say, 'Dog bites man' or 'Man bites dog'--sequence matters in English. But in Greek it doesn't. One word functions as the subject of the sentence regardless of where it stands in the sequence."

Many archaeologists in the Middle East have the Bible in one hand and their excavating tools in the other. Yes, there is another ancient document that said He was/is/will be real. Not only is He real, He is my Master & Savior, and has been since I was about 15 years old. I love Him, I worship Him, and I only bow to Him. While many may put their trust in this "Bible scholar", he will simply end up on the heap of attacks on the Bible that fell by the wayside.
It's all what author/document you put your faith in.