The phrase, "The Bible's been translated and recopied so many times..." introduces one of the most frequent canards tossed at Christians quoting the Bible.
Can we know for certain that the New Testament has been handed down accurately? In the spring of 1989 syndicated talk show host Larry King interviewed Shirley Mac Laine on the New Age.
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This appeal to common knowledge is enough to satisfy the ordinary, man-on-the-street critic of the New Testament.
An appeal to the game "telephone" to demonstrate how reasonable this objection is.
Whisper a message to one person and transfer it from person to person, ear to ear, in a circle.
Then compare the message's final form with the original.
The radical transformation of the original phrase in so short a period of time is always good for a few laughs.
This comparison is enough to convince the casual skeptic that the New Testament documents are equally unreliable.The argument against the reliability of the New Testament texts can be stated very simply.How can we know that the documents we have in our possession accurately reflect originals destroyed almost two millennia ago?Communication is never perfect; people make mistakes.Errors are compounded with each successive generation, just like the message in the telephone game.By the time 2000 years pass, it's anyone's guess what the original said.