What The Bible Says

What The Bible Says

“What The Bible Says - Vol. 6 / No. 15”

What The Bible Says

Vol. VI - No. 15 / November 19, 2023


    No one questions the authenticity of Plato, Aristotle, or Homer, but the manuscript evidence for each of these is far less than that of the Bible. We can be assured that the Bible text we have today is the text of the first century.
The Iliad and The Odyssey
Written: around 900 B.C.
Earliest available manuscript: 400 B.C. (500 years later)
Total manuscripts: 643
Works of Plato
Written: 427-347 B.C.
Earliest available manuscript: A.D. 900 (1200 years later) 
(There is one fragment from 3" century B.C.)
Total manuscripts: 7
Works of Aristotle
Written: 384-322 B.C.
Earliest available manuscript: A.D. 1100 (1400 years later)
Total manuscripts: 49
Works of Julius Caesar
Written: 100-44 B.C.
Earliest available manuscript: A.D. 900 (1000 years later)
Total manuscripts: 10
Works of Pliny
Written: A.D. 61-113
Earliest available manuscript: A.D. 850 (750 years later)
Total manuscripts: 7
The New Testament
Written: 1st Century
Earliest available manuscript: 1st Century (within 30-40 years)
Total manuscripts: 5,800
    The Bible has over 5,800 early Greek manuscripts available to confirm the accuracy of today's New Testament. In addition, there are thousands more in Latin, Syriac, Slavic, Gothic, Ethiopic, Coptic and Armenian.
- via House-to-House Copied from: The Beacon - Electronic Edition -11/14/23 Collegeview Church Of Christ, Columbia, TN



    Many people today believe the ten commandments are still binding. There are also those who believe they can be saved by keeping the ten commandments. 

    Colossians 2:14 states: "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross." Some fail to understand this passage is inclusive of the ten commandments because they fail to see how the ten commandments were "contrary to us". Yet, notice what other passages say. For example, 2 Corinthians 3:7-8: "But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?" In Matthew 5:27-28 and numerous other passages, Jesus repeatedly showed the limitation and inadequacy of the ten commandments: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." 

    The law of Moses, with its ten commandments, was only temporary. Galatians 3:19 states, "Wherefore then serve th the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator." Verse 16 of this chapter states that the "seed" was "Christ". Therefore, the law of Moses, including the ten commandments, lasted until Christ came! 

    People who still wish to live under the ten commandments do not want the penalty for violating them, however. 2 Corinthians 3:7 states "He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:"! What if the death penalty were enforced today for violation of the ten commandments? How many people would be wanting to bind them? No more than we can bind the death penalty for the violation of the ten commandments can we neither bind the ten commandments. 

    We must not forget that the law of Moses and the ten commandments was a temporary law to last only till Christ came. Now that Christ is come we are no longer under the law of Moses but rather the law of Christ as found in the New Testament (Galatians 3 :24-27; Hebrews 9:15-17).  —E.R. Hall, Jr.



 In trying times -- don't quit trying.
Every crisis in life makes us bitter or better — it's our choice.
He who angers you controls you.
Example is a language that anyone can read.
You need long-range goals to keep you from becoming discouraged by short-range failures


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