Jonathan SarfatiCreation Ministries
Since Creation Ministries International is based on the Bible, the question arises, why should the Bible be trusted? How should we answer those who claim that itâ€™s been re-written so many times that we no longer have the original? And even if we do, was it written long after the events it claimed to report? Also, does archaeology disprove the Bible? Finally, even if it is true, whatâ€™s the point?
Is our New Testament Text Reliable?
Some critics doubt that we even have the original New Testament. This issue can only be settled by using bibliographical tests for reliability, similar to what would be used to judge the Iliad or Caesarâ€™s writings.
The NT was completely written by baptized Jews1 in the 1st century AD. We have at least 24,000 manuscripts of the NT, the earliest of which are dated within 100 years or so of its actual composition. The earliest known manuscript is the John Rylands papyrus fragment of Johnâ€™s Gospel known as P52, containing John 18:31â€“33, 37â€“38, dated to c. AD 125. Compare this to other great works (MSS = manuscripts):
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