QUESTION: Don't the best
manuscripts support the new versions?
ANSWER: No. The best manuscripts support
the Bible, the Authorized Version.
EXPLANATION: The new versions are only
supported by about five of the over 5,000 manuscripts of Bible text.
Critics of the Bible claim that these manuscripts are better than those
used by the translators of the Authorized Version. This is not so.
The two most prominent of these, Vaticanus, which is sole
property of the Roman Catholic Church, and Sinaiticus are both known
to be overwhelmed with errors. It is said that Sinaiticus has been corrected
and altered by as many as ten different writers. In Vaticanus is found
the evidence of very sloppy workmanship. Time and again words and whole
phrases are repeated twice in succession or completely omitted. While
the entire manuscript has had the text mutilated by some person or persons
who ran over every letter with a pen making exact identification of
many of the characters impossible.
Both manuscripts contain uninspired, anti-scriptural books
which are not found in the Bible.
The only place where these error laden, unreliable manuscripts
excel is in the quality of the materials used on them. They have good
bindings and fine animal skin pages. Their physical appearance, contrary
to their worthless texts, are really rather attractive. But then we
have all heard the saying, "You can't tell a book by it's cover".
The covers are beautiful but their texts are reprehensible.
And yet in spite of these well known corruptions, they
are the basis for many new versions such as the New American Standard
Version and the New International Version rendering these versions critically
flawed and unreliable.
The manuscripts represented by the King James Bible have
texts of the highest quality. So we see that the best manuscripts are
those used by the King James translators.