Sounds convincing, doesn't it?

Well, don't throw your Bible away just yet. Here we have a situation where the facts as they are presented are technically accurate -- there are indeed many discrepancies among the thousands of New Testament texts that exist. However, the conclusion presented (that there is no way to reliably know what the original text says) is false!

Perhaps a little experiment will demonstrate just how important accuracy among several transcriptions matters with regard to understanding what the original source says?

I will write a single sentence incorrectly 100 times. No sentence will match any other sentence, and no sentence will completely match the correct sentence. In fact, I will not write the correct sentence even once. My challenge to you is this: read each of the sentences and see if you can honestly claim it is "impossible" to know what the correct sentence is.

*Hint: It won't require 100 sentences...you will likely determine the correct sentence after only the first few lines!*

- When looking for the truth, look carefully.
- Wen searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look closely.
- When searching for the the truth, look carefully.
- When surching for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for a truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the facts, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, watch carefully.
- When for searching the truth, look carefully.
- Look carefully when searching for the truth.
- When searching for teh truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, watch carefully.
- When searching for the truth, investigate carefully.
- When seeking the truth, look carefully.
- When you are searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the trueth, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look intently.
- When searching for the truth, luke carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look carelessly.
- When searching out the truth, look carefully.
- Whoever searches for the truth looks carefully.
- When searching for the truth, please look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look carefuly.
- When "searching" for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for fact, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look with care.
- When investigating the truth, look carefully.
- When researching the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the trooth, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, investigate carefully.
- When searching for the truth, research carefully.
- Look carefully to find the truth.
- When searching for the reality, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look karefully.
- When searching for the truth, look carefully
- When sEarching for the truth, look carefully.
- Women searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When something for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching fo the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for truth, look carefully.
- When for the truth, look carefully.
- Searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look.
- Whe searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When searchin for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for th truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the trut, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, loo carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look carefull.
- When searching for the truth, look diligently.
- When searching for the truth, look patiently.
- When searching for the truth, look fervently.
- When searching for the truth, observe carefully.
- When searching for the truth, scrutinize carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When when searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look carefully carefully.
- Whon searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When soarching for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for tho truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look carofully.
- When searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth: look carefully.
- When searching for the truth? look carefully.
- When searching for the truth (look carefully).
- Who's searching for the truth, look carefully.
- Where searching for the truth, look carefully.
- This sentence is totally in left field!
- When searching for the fish, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look lively.
- When searching from the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look care
- When searching for the honesty, look carefully.
- For when searching the truth, look carefully.
- When the searching for truth, look carefully.
- Are you still reading this?!
- When searching for the proof, look carefully.
- W.en searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When sea.ching for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching fo. the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for .he truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the tru.h, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, lo.k carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look ca.efully.
- Wehn searching for the truth, look carefully.
- When snihcraeg for the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the tturh, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, look clluferay.
- When hiding the truth, look carefully.
- When searching for the lie, look carefully.
- When searching for the truth, close your eyes.
- When reaching for the truth, look carefully.
- when searching for the truth, look carefully.

The conclusion, then, as you can clearly see, is this: in light of the sheer number of copies of the New Testament that are available, the errors amongst them can be seen at worst as a trivial nuisance -- and utterly incapable of clouding their true message.

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## 2 comments:

Good job. This is an excellent example of how most discrepencies do not ever matter. However, it is not always the case that there are 100 individual options to choose from. Often there are 2 or 3 options that are frequently copied. This makes it more difficult, which is why in the footnotes in your bible you will see "other ancient authorities say..."

Regardless of this, critics of the New Testament based on this argument need to understand that

ancient documents that were considered authoritative were copied in this way. By the arguement that such a method is inaccurate and therefore untrue, I guess Alexander wasn't so great. Must've been a bunch of ridiculous revisions based on an agenda...heck, probably wasn't even a guy named Alexander that Hellenized the known world at the time.ALLThat's a good point. Even though the majority of the discrancies can be figured out as demonstrated in this article, there are still some passages that are, well, problematic (but not many). In addition, modern editions of the Bible often make it very clear which passages those are. For an example, turn to Mark 16:9.

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