The New Testament is constantly under attack, and its reliability and accuracy are often contested by critics.If the critics want to disregard the New Testament, then they must also disregard other ancient writings by Plato, Aristotle, and Homer. As you can see, there are thousands more New Testament Greek manuscripts than any other ancient writing.But, we have absolutely no ancient documents contemporary with the First Century that contest the New Testament texts. This is extremely close to the original writing date.
Teabing “reveals” the true nature of the Bible in this way:“The Bible is a product of man . Teabing exaggerates in saying that the Bible has been captured in “countless translations.” It has indeed been translated into more languages than any other book, by far.
Below is a chart with some of the oldest extant New Testament manuscripts compared to when they were originally penned.
Compare these time spans with the next closest, which is Homer's where the closest copy from the original is 500 years later.
It’s not uncommon these days for people to answer “No” to this question. History has never had a definitive version of the book.” (p. The Bible is indeed a human product, though this in no way requires that it could not also be “of God.” For centuries, Christians have affirmed that the Bible was written by human authors who were inspired by God.
Critics of Christianity often allege that the gospels as we know them don’t resemble the originals. It’s true that the Bible “did not fall magically from the clouds.” It was in fact written by human beings who lived in “tumultuous times.” Yet the biblical documents were not created as a “historical record” of these times.