Of course, I if someone doesn't want to read the Bible, they won't. But perhaps if they heard counterpoints to their many excuses, maybe, it is all they need to know to crack one open.
For instance, the excuse about the Bible being re-written so many times it can't be accurate anymore, is simply untrue. In fact, when the Scribes in the Old Testament copied out the Scripture manuscripts, they did it with precision. There weren't printing presses or Xerox machines, so the manuscripts had to be hand copied letter by letter. And they didn't just haphazardly copy the words, each letter and line was counted precisely to insure that the manuscript copies were exact. Here is an excerpt from a website that explains the process in great detail:
- They could only use clean animal skins, both to write on, and even to bind manuscripts.
- Each column of writing could have no less than forty-eight, and no more than sixty lines.
- The ink must be black, and of a special recipe.
- They must verbalize each word aloud while they were writing.
- They must wipe the pen and wash their entire bodies before writing the word "Jehovah," every time they wrote it.
- There must be a review within thirty days, and if as many as three pages required corrections, the entire manuscript had to be redone.
- The letters, words, and paragraphs had to be counted, and the document became invalid if two letters touched each other. The middle paragraph, word and letter must correspond to those of the original document.
- The documents could be stored only in sacred places (synagogues, etc).
- As no document containing God's Word could be destroyed, they were stored, or buried, in a genizah - a Hebrew term meaning "hiding place." These were usually kept in a synagogue or sometimes in a Jewish cemetery.
Today, if you go to purchase a Bible you will notice there are a pile of english translations available. The King James Bible, completed in 1611, is an official translation that is public domain and therefore not subjected to copyright laws. If you have ever used a thesaurus, I like to say that is what the range of english translations are. These Bibles are accurate and still based on God's inspired Word, but as you will notice, every translation often has different words, they mean the same, but are just different. So the essence of the original meaning is still there.