Is the Bible reliable? Can we trust what’s been handed down to us? Or has the message changed over time, like a two-thousand-year-long game of Chinese whispers?
F.F. Bruce, in The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? said:
“The evidence for our New Testament writings is ever so much greater than the evidence for many writings of classical authors, the authenticity of which no-one dreams of questioning. And if the New Testament were a collection of secular writings, their authenticity would generally be regarded as beyond all doubt. It is a curious fact that historians have often been much readier to trust the New Testament than have many theologians.”
Simply consider the following:
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