The Christ in Prophecy Journal

Validity of the Bible: Original Manuscripts


How do we know that the Bible today is true to the original manuscripts which we no longer have?

Dr. Reagan and I on our ministry’s television show Christ in Prophecy had the pleasure of asking this question of Eric Barger of Take a Stand! Ministries. Eric is an authority on the cults, the New Age, and rock music today. From his past as a former drug addict and rock n’ roll musician who was deeply involved in the New Age movement, Eric has emerged since he gave his life to Jesus Christ to become a great defender of Christianity in America. He joined us to talk about the validity of the Bible as the foundation of our Christian faith.

Eric Barger

Eric Barger: Well, the Dead Sea Scrolls helped us, because the Dead Sea Scrolls mention every book of the Old Testament except for the book of Esther.

Dr. Reagan: Prior to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest manuscripts we had of the Old Testament were only a 1,000 years old, so the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls catapulted us back another 1,000 years. When comparing the manuscripts, it was discovered that there were not any major differences from the ancient versions to what we have today.

Eric Barger: Exactly! That is the stunning thing about being able to compare our manuscripts from those of nearly 2,000 years ago. When they were examined side-by-side, it was obvious that we have the inerrant Word of God today. God has supernaturally protected His own Word.

Nathan Jones: Some people seem to treat the Bible as if God can’t write a book. Sure, He can make the universe, but He just can’t keep a book about Himself together. That attitude shows a lack of trust in God.

Wouldn’t you say that most of the major criticism of the Bible comes from people who are too scared to trust the Bible as God’s Word?

Eric Barger: It also lifts up the idea that man knows better than God. I’ve said so often that no teaching on the earth either scientific or historical is ever placed at the mercy of the Scriptures. And yet, a lot of people out there want to test the Bible by all that man knows. Instead, I think we ought to test everything that man brings up by the Bible.

The Bible is the most important book that I will ever learn from. Contained within are the very things I need to know more than anything else. It is what my children and grandchildren and, well, just everyone needs to know more than anything else. When it comes to all of my secular education, the second I breathe my last breath it is finished being of use. But, the Bible — the very Word of God — will last for eternity!

So, indeed, what the Bible teaches is the most important thing I will ever know.

In the next part of this series on the validity of the Bible, we’ll ask Eric how we can know that the Bible is really the Word of God.

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Dr. Nathan E. Jones

As the Internet Evangelist at Lamb & Lion Ministries, Nathan reaches out to the over 4.5 billion people accessible over the Internet with the Good News of Jesus Christ. He also co-hosts the ministry's television program Christ in Prophecy and podcast The Truth Will Set You Free.

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  • Hello Nathan
    God willing, I have a date booked for 4th June 2012! πŸ™

    I have just signed on the dotted line to take part in the street party to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee; sixty years our Monarch under God. It has to be said that the prayers said in the hymn, that is our National Anthem, has been answered by The Lord β€œβ€¦long to reign over us – God save the Queen”

    HM has requested that all her subjects celebrate with her from all across her realm with Sunday lunch! So either the road will be blocked off, or the tables will be on our front lawn?!

    I wanted to run for the hills as I really don’t like parties; but my hubby was so crestfallen – what could I do – divorce does seem a mite excessive.

    So Maranatha PLEASE!

  • Queen's birthday's at Sue's house!?! BYOB! πŸ™‚

    60 years is quite impressive. Here in the States we think 4 is too long. We're already in election fever and it's still over a year away!

  • BYOB? Bring your own bottle/beer?

    Definitely; and I aint no way, no how, baking for that lot plus US gatecrashers – having said that I reckon 'his nibs' will prob get in a few barrels to have on tap!

    This autumn I shall have to dutifully pick our many apples and make some Scrumpy (apple juice with a kick) πŸ˜‰ But of course, I shall imbibe in Corporation Pop (water outta tap)

    Don't forget HM is officially neutral in poli. Its the Prime Minister of 4-5 years we get cheesed off with – and yes, we have all noticed you are in election fever… πŸ™‚



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