Today, we’re talking about evidence from biblical preservation. The accuracy of the New Testament is beyond dispute, or at least it should be. After all, we have over 5,000 ancient New Testament manuscripts spanning the centuries which are near-perfect copies of the apostles’ writings. The oldest manuscript dates a mere 70 years from the original! Still, Bible critics continue to attack New Testament copies as unreliable.
But … how does the New Testament compare to other ancient writings? Well, we have only around 600 copies of Homer’s Iliad – the oldest being two centuries removed from its original. And we have a scant 10 copies of Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars, the oldest being nine centuries removed from its original. Yet, no credible scholar questions the reliability of those works.
As F. F. Bruce said:
[I]f the New Testament were a collection of secular writings, their authenticity would generally be regarded as beyond all doubt.
What’s the evidence from Bible prophecy? We’ll discuss that another time. Until then, for more information, go to www.hopetools.net. Stay bold!