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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Veracity of the Holy Bible

Edward F. Lundwall, Jr.

Part III – The Veracity of the Holy Bible

Accusations that the Bible is not reliable and, therefore the claims about Jesus are false, are not supported by objective evidence. Manuscripts exist which establish its veracity which were written only a few years afterward it. The John Ryland’s fragment, the Chester Beatty papyri, and the Bodmer find exemplify a few. Recently, small manuscript scraps of the Gospel according to Mark had been found written in the style dating around 50 AD.

Besides over a thousand years of manuscript evidence that gives a precisely consistent message about Jesus and His teachings, the testimony of the very early Church leaders support the same Gospel. Polycarp was the disciple of Jesus’ Apostle John, an eyewitness and close disciple of Jesus. When the scripture quotations in Polycarp’s epistle are studied along with his disciple Ireaneaus and others, the essential revelation for Jesus Christ can be reconstructed.

Thousands (over 5300) of Bible Manuscripts that date 700–1600 years closer to the originals than any of the ancient copies of the Greek philosophers. Islamic scripture, although deferring to Jesus as a Prophet, was written hundreds of years after the original Gospels. The intellectual community does not challenge these copies of Plato, Aristotle, Homer, or Mohammed as reflecting the authors’ original writings. Why then do they consistently challenge the origins and teachings of the Bible?

Part I: "Basic Principles of Evangelism" is here.
Part II: "A Case Study" is here.

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