Choosing A Bible -- The Most Important Choice a Christian Ever Makes

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Choosing a Bible can be a daunting task when one looks at all the choices--Over 100 English versions of entire Bibles (both Old and New Testaments), and even more New Testament versions.
 
The choice is simplified completely, however, when we realize there really are only two choices.
 
All Bibles are translated from only two "families" of texts (source material).
 
These are the Majority Text or the Egyptian/Minority Texts.
 
Difinitions of these are given below.

What is the "Majority" Text? 
 
The manuscript of the Traditional Received Text (Textus Receptus), is also called the Byzantine Text or the Majority Text because it is based on the vast majority of manuscripts still in existence.
 
5200 extant (existing) New Testament MSS are in agreement with the text now known as Textus Receptus, which is...
 
The Text which underlies the New Testament of the King James Bible.

In his book Final Authority, William P Grady provides further interesting details about Textus Receptus, the Received Text:
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"For instance, over 5,000 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament exist today ranging from small fragments containing two or three verses to nearly entire Bibles.

Their ages vary from the second to the sixteenth century; the manuscripts are ending with the arrival of printing.

 By comparison, there exist only ten quality manuscripts of Caesar's Gallic War composed between 58-50BC…

"Once again, the outstanding features of the Received Text is its high percentage of agreement among so many thousands of independent witnesses.

This agreement is often placed at about 90 percent; in other words, 90 percent of all existing manuscripts agree with one another so miraculously that they are able to form their own unique text…

If the critic of your King James Bible is correct in his rejection of the underlying Textus Receptus, then he is also under the greatest pressure to account for its existence.

To complain of fabrication is one thing, but to account for its universal prevalence is quite another.

Whenever a large body of ancient documents are seen to be in agreement, this inexplicable harmony becomes their greatest evidence for legitimacy.

Simple arithmetic confirms that the nearer a particular reading is to the original, the longer the time span will be for descendants to follow. The longer the family is, the older the original source must be."

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What are the "Minority" Texts?

Most modern English Bible versions are translated from Greek new Testament texts (Hort/Westcott -- Nestle/Aland) based on primarily two  sources--Vaticanus and Sinaiticus.

Vaticanus and Sinaiticus are part of a group of texts called the "Minority" Texts, because the texts in agreement with them are very few in number.

(These two texts do not even agree with one another).

Compare this to the thousands of texts confirming the agreement and reliability of the Textus Receptus or "Majority" Text.

  • The Minority Texts were the work of unbelieving Egyptian scribes who did not accept the Bible as the Word of God or Jesus as the Son of God.
  • The Minority Texts abound with alterations, often a single manuscript being amended by several different scribes over a period of many years; something the Aaronic priests and Masorites would never have tolerated when making copies of the Scriptures.
  • The Minority Texts omit approximately 200 verses from the Scriptures. This is equivalent to 1st and 2nd Peter. (pause and consider that stunning fact).
  • The Minority Texts contradict themselves in hundreds of places.
  • The Minority Texts are doctrinally weak and often dangerously incorrect.

"The corrupt and unreliable nature of these two MSS (Sinaiticus and Vaticanus) is best summed up by one who has thoroughly examined them, John W Burgon: '
 
"The impurity of the text exhibited by these codices is not a question of opinion but fact...In the Gospels alone, Codex B(Vatican) leaves out words or whole clauses no less than 1,491 times. It bears traces of careless transcriptions on every page…"

When we understand the differences between the texts, all we have left to do is decide which source we find to be the most trustworthy--the Majority Text, from which the Kings James Bible comes (a word for word translation), or the Egyptian/Minority texts, which is the source material for almost every other English Bible version (most using the paraphrase --thought for thought method)...  
 
Then choose a Bible
 
We recommend the King James Bible
 
Every Christian has a responsibility to know which family of texts his or her Bible version descends from.

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Examples are given below that demonstrate the devastating results of basing Bible versions on the mutilated Egyptian/Minority Texts. 
 
We had a Pastor tell us once that it didn't matter which version we read-- all we had to do was read the Bible prayerfully----and we would get all the truth we needed.
 
Our question is this, how can we get all the truth we need if that truth has been deleted from the source material our Bible has been translated from--How can we receive truth from a source in which it is not there?
 
All scriptures examined below are listed in the order of the Books of the Bible.

Colossians 1:14
What Do We Have Redemtion and Forgiveness Through?
 
In whom we have redemption, through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
 
The Egyptian/Minority texts omit the **blood in this verse. It is missing in most modern Bible versions unless the translators refer to the Majority Text.
 
The vast majority of exant (existing) Mss confirm the blood is indeed included in the true Word of God (Col. 1:14 Received Text).
 
Every word of God is inspired and we are forbidden under severe penalty from either adding to it  or taking away from it (paraphrased versions or deleting--altering texts as is the case with the Egyptian/Minority Texts).
Proverbs 30:5-6   Revelation 22:19
 
**In most versions translated from the Egyptian/Minority texts, it is apalling how often references to "Blood" is altered in many places in both the Old and New Testaments. 
 
Without the shedding of "blood", there is no remission of sins....

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               ... to the hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet

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