Illustration of Bible text manuscript tree and variant readings

The following diagram illustrates manuscript corruptions in the biblical texts that are produced, for whatever reason, and copied down to later manuscripts.  The purpose of the illustration is to show how copy errors in the Bible are transmitted from one manuscript to another, how they are counted, and how we can determine which is the correct reading.

In this example, of the 26 existing manuscripts (represented by solid black and red sheets), nine of them have a textual problem where a phrase was incorrectly copied.  Therefore, in this illustration, we would have a total of nine variants in 26 manuscripts.

However, manuscripts can be categorized in family trees by analyzing their location of discovery, jars in which they are found, type of papyri on which they are written, type of ink used, style of writing, etc.  Therefore, daughter manuscripts can be matched very accurately to father manuscripts.

In this example we see that the word “only” was omitted from a 3rd-century document and copied in subsequent, daughter documents.  All we need to do is to take a look at the manuscripts – and even though we see nine variants here, we can tell that there is only one error which has been copied several times.  Also, we can determine accurately which is the correct reading by looking at the oldest document.  Generally, the oldest documents are the most accurate.

With this type of method the New Testament documents can be reconstructed with an incredible accuracy.  Furthermore, the New Testament is approximately 99.5% textually pure.  This means that of all the manuscripts in existence, they agree completely 99.5% of the time.  Of the variants that occur, most are easily explainable and very few have any effect on the meaning of passages.  In all, no New Testament doctrine is affected by any variant reading.

So, the New Testament is extremely reliable and can be trusted without hesitation.

 

manuscript tree graphic


SCRIPTURE PRESERVATION

Are the Scriptures just the “ideas” of God, or are they the very WORDS of God? You decide!

God promises to preserve His words. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (Psalms 12:6-7)
You shall not add or take away, says God. Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
(Deuteronomy 4:1-2)
God cares about every one of His words. Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6)
God’s words will never pass away. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. (Jesus Christ, Son of God) (Mark 13:31)
God will curse those who change His Word. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19)

This doesn’t sound like God inspired only the “concepts” in Scripture. He clearly directed every word and will not tolerate man’s meddling with it. He calls them “His Words.”

If your Bible is a King James Bible, it preserves God’s words because it was translated using “formal equivalence.” All other Bibles were translated using “dynamic equivalence,” in which the translator is free to change words as long as he conveys the “idea.”

Read the above Scriptures again. Which kind of Bible do you think God wants you to have?  God promised to preserve His Word NOT the English language.  However, with that said, the King James Version is the closest thing that we have today.  Don’t be deceived. Insist on the King James Bible, not “New” King James, “Modern” King James, King James “2” or “21” or “Millennium,.”

Many people have asked me, Pastor Kevin, I have an NIV and that is all I have what should I do.  My answer is always the same.  Read it.  Trust the Holy Spirit for the truth.  A very trusted Pastor and friend of mine, one that you will read and I hope you do, his sermons on this site, Pastor Brice Simpkins.  His sermons are on this site because I trust him.  I know that he is delivering God’s Word and that we can all learn from his weekly messages.  I have asked him to send them to me and almost every week I try and get them up.  I have heard and read some of the best sermons in my entire life, including some I have written (and I have a big ego) come from this Pastor’s pulpit and he uses the NIV and the KJV side by side.

I am not afraid of other versions…I trust the King James Version as the Word of God.  And if you read this site and the EVIDENCE put forth you should too.  If you are like me a true student of the word, you will use other translations to help bring understand to what God is teaching you.  However, TRUST the King James.  Changing a word or two CAN and will change the entire meaning and CAN and WILL change your faith.  Here, let me show you what I mean…just from the New King James to the King James:

Even thought it is very similar to a King James Bible, it is not a King James Bible. Insist on the one you can stake your faith on, the genuine King James Bible.  God will bless you.

Verse King James NKJV Perversions agreeing with NKJV
Acts 3:26 God, having raised up his Son His Servant NIV, NASV, ASV, RSV, Roman Catholic New American Bible (NAB), etc.
Acts 17:22 I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. very religious NIV, NASV, ASV, RSV, Catholic NAB, etc.
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie who exchanged the truth of God for the lie NIV, NASV, ASV, RSV, Catholic NAB, etc.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. who are being saved [This teaches the Roman Catholic lie that salvation is a process.] NIV, NASV, NASU, RSV, Catholic NAB, etc.

The very first example:  Acts 3:26 God raising up His Son or Servant.  Some of you may not be able to grab the significance of this…but it is HUGE.  Do you know what it is?  Hear the jeopardy music? do do do…ok here it is:  the NKJV and all the rest frankly… DENY THE DEITY OF CHRIST!!!  Yes, that is HUGE isn’t it?  And this is not the only place it happens.  OK, let’s look at the last one.

1 Corinthians 1:18 which are saved it is the power of God vs who are being saved.  This one is not as big of a deal as denying the deity of Jesus.  However, either you are saved or you are not.  It’s like being a little bit pregnant.  either you are pregnant or you are not.  There is not a processes to getting saved.  Now, there is a sanctification processes…but this happens AFTER you are saved.

I TRUST GOD’S WORD.  There is no wonder why there are so many different denominations…there is no wonder why so many wars are fought in the name of religion.  The Bible can be trusted…let’s throw out these junk translations…keep the original manuscripts and the KING JAMES VERSION…which matches EXACTLY  with the original manuscripts…so we English speaking people have something to read and start looking skyward for the return of our king!

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