New Testament Manuscripts

Bible Query – NT Manuscripts

July 2001 version. Copyright (c) Christian Debater(r) 1998-2001. All rights reserved except as given in the copyright notice.

Q: For the NT, just how many manuscripts exist today?
A: Here are the counts of just the Greek according to three scholars.

Hugh Ross on Suffering

The problem under discussion is basically this: If God is all powerful,
all wise, and yet good and loving – how is it that so much suffering and
evil is permitted in God’s world? Why does God not do more to intervene
if He is so powerful and loving?

I have begun to answer this question in another article.

Here are the elements of the answer given by the astrophysicist Dr.
Hugh Ross in his excellent book, “The Fingerprint of God”.

Is God Evil?

“If there is a God,
he must be evil”

Hamornization of the Resurrection Accounts

The events following the resurrection of Christ are recorded in each of the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Like any report of anything, each contains only a partial report of the events. We are seeing a story reported by four different people. Looking at them, it is very hard to believe that they consulted together about what to put in the New Testament. This in fact, can be a good reason to believe the whole thing was not just cooked up for the deception of the masses.

Here is one way you could see these events fitting together my wife and I worked out.

All About Christian Faith

The Christian faith has existed since the time that Jesus Christ was on earth. Followers of Jesus have had different understandings about many things, but all true Christians agree that Jesus Christ is a revelation of God in the flesh. We all believe that God came to earth to bring us back into a relationship with Himself.

Faith in God

Can We Trust Holy Books?

Unless we have good reasons, we should not totally trust any of the major Scriptures of the world’s religions. The simple reason for this is that they contradict each other. Some of them contradict themselves quite seriously!

The Qu’ran recommends the prophetic writings which came before it, but it is doubtful if Mohammed ever read them himself. According to the Hadeeth, on one occasion where the Torah was brought to him he didn’t even want to look at it.

Evidence for Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Could Jesus Christ really have risen from the dead?

The truth of Christianity stands or falls with one central issue: the
physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from death
. Christians traditionally celebrate this event on Easter, but it is relevant for every day actually. If this really
happened, then everyone should listen carefully to all that He
taught. If not, then no one should trust the New Testament,
because the New Testament repeatedly says that Jesus did rise
from the dead.

Is God Really Good?

It is natural to ask, especially at times of pain or suffering in our
own lives: “If there is a good God, why does he allow so much pain and

Other people are more aggressive in their approach. They say that the
Bible itself proves that God is evil, according to any standard of human
decency. But see below.

A useful dialogue to read on this subject. Click here
to read. I begin to address some of the theological issues in my teaching
for new believers.

Postmodernism and the Death of Truth

Postmodernism is a term which describes a way that many people think
today. There has been a revolution in popular values over the last several
decades. No longer are people so ready to think in absolute terms. Postmodernism
arms us with a method of calling everything into question and promoting
a new cultural agenda
. For some, this path promises great liberation
while for others it seems to lead to despair and nihilism. Something has
been happening in our culture.

Two Alternative World Views

There are really only two possibilities.

1. The physical Universe always existed, and the things we see around us are just products of time, chance, matter and energy. People, aliens (if they exist) and all apparently conscious entities are just physical matter and physical energy which have occurred randomly and as a by product of the “laws of physics”. These “laws” just “are” – there is no way to explain why they are the way they are.

2. There is a spirit world, and a Great Spirit or group of spiritual entities are behind all the apparent order, design, logic of the Universe.


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