I have previously established that God has preserved His Word, listing many Scriptures affirming this. But exactly which Bible is the perfect Word of God? If God preserved His Word, then it must be around here somewhere. In order to find the perfect Bible, it is necessary to determine which manuscript text-type is the preserved line. (A text-type is a group of manuscripts that generally agree with each other.) There are two major text-types, the Byzantine/Antiochian/Majority/Universal text-type and the Alexandrian text-type. The Byzantine text-type had it’s origin in Antioch, Syria, where the disciples of Christ were first called Christians (Acts 11:26). The Alexandrian text originated in Alexandria, Egypt, which was probably the first place that the pure doctrine of Christ was perverted with false teaching. 95% of ALL known New Testament manuscripts fall into the Byzantine text-type. (Even those who prefer the Alexandrian text are forced to admit this.) Only a very few manuscripts fall into the Alexandrian text-type, and these manuscripts are known to have many serious problems. Of the two most popular Alexandrian manuscripts, one (Vaticanus) is owned by the http://www.mag-net.com/%7Emaranath/OLDBEST.HTM for more information.
There are those who prefer the Antiochan/Byzantine text and those who prefer the Alexandrian. Each group has different beliefs about how God preserved His word. Here is a brief overview.
|God inspired the original manuscripts using holy men as His pens. They wrote what He inspired them to.These manuscripts were faithfully copied and translated by other holy men. But some evil men started producing their own modified version of the scriptures.
The Roman Catholic Church arose, making the perverted Scripture the official Bible of Catholicism. All copies of Scripture were banned, pure or perverted, and only church leaders were allowed to possess a copy. True Christians prevailed dispute horrible persecutions, refusing to join the idolatrous Catholic Church, and being used by God to preserve the pure Bible for all generations.
The Protestant Reformation ended the Dark Ages as multitudes fled from Rome to the pure gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible was translated into many languages from the preserved text, making God’s pure Word available to the masses. Revivals continued for centuries as people used God’s Word.
In the 19th century, a push was made by the Vatican and some apostate Protestant scholars to declare that the perverted Roman Catholic manuscripts were superior to the God-honored preserved text. New versions of the Bible were produced, which were not accepted at first, but slowly grew into acceptance. Most Protestants did not realize that these new “Bibles” came from the corrupt line of manuscripts, not the preserved line. But some did realize it, and when they attempted to warn others, were ostracized and declared divisive.
|God inspired His word using men, who were not necessary holy (see below). About 300 A.D, the Christian church revised God’s Word to make it better and “more orthodox.” Thus the true Word of God was lost at this point.
The Catholic Church united Europe in Christian unity, but then the Protestants destroyed that unity by braking with Rome. The Protestants ignorantly made their Bible translations from the revised manuscripts.
In the mid 1800’s, a glorious discovery was made. Two ancient manuscripts were found that predated the revised text the Protestants were using. These differed significantly with the traditional text, and therefore were considered to be pre-revision. After being lost for 1600 years, God’s word had finally been found!! So they began cranking out Bibles translated from the new manuscripts.
As for the pure, preserved, inerrant Word of God, it of course was nowhere to be found, since it was perfect only in the “original manuscripts” which are long vanished.
The “Byzantines” believe God used holy men to inspire His word and holy men to preserve His word. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Pet 1:21). On the other hand, Alexandrians believe that you don’t necessarily have to be holy to be used by God to preserve His word. You don’t have to be holy to help with a Bible translation. Maybe this is why there are so many liberals, heathens, and homosexuals on these Bible translation committees! You’ve got to be kidding, you say. They certainly wouldn’t allow anyone on their translation if they were living in sin! Surely they would demand that they must be holy. Well, their own new Bible versions have stripped being holy as a requirement for helping to inspire AND preserve the Word of God. The word “holy” is clean gone from 2 Peter 1:21 in these new Bibles!
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but ^^holy^^ ^^men of God^^ spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. KJV
“For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” NIV
“for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. NASB
“or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God.” NLT
Now we have to give the New King James some credit, they do leave the word holy in the text,but casting doubt on it with a footnote:
“for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God[a] spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” NKJV
(footnote [a] reads “NU-Text reads but men spoke from God. “).
So the Alexandrians believe that you don’t have to be holy in order to work on a Bible translation! Is it then no wonder that many of the modern translators are either apostate liberals or flat out heathens!!! Is it no surprise that the fruit of their “Bibles” is not great revival but great apathy and apostasy!!! But this will be covered in more detail in a future article.
So we see that the Byzantine/ Majority Text proponents believe that God inspired His word using holy men, and preserved it using holy men to make it available for all generations. The Alexandrian proponents, however, believe that God inspired His word, then lost it!! After not having the word of God for centuries, they finally found it again in the “oldest and best” Alexandrian manuscripts. What kind of preservation is this? This is NOT preservation! If you believe that the oldest manuscripts are the best, then you do not believe that God has preserved His word. IF you believe that the scriptures were inerrant only in the “original manuscripts” then you do not believe that God has preserved His Word. If you don’t believe that God preserved His word, you disbelieve the Bible and are calling God a liar!! Therefore, you must make a choice. You must chose between the Antiochan or the Alexandrian text. For the Bible-believer, this choice should be an obvious one.