Is the Bible just mostly accurate?
“The Bible is mostly accurate, there were just a few verses added or removed which distorted the message.”
Since there is so much evidence for the Bible’s overall reliability, many skeptics allege that overall the Bible is reliable but a few verses were added or changed which contorted the message. For example, many Muslims claim that Jesus’ death & resurrection and the doctrine of salvation by faith in Jesus alone were “minor additions” added later. This so-called “added” doctrine (known to Christians as the gospel message!) can be summarized as follows:
Mankind cannot earn salvation through merely obeying the Law since people cannot fully obey it, but God in his grace provided a means for salvation, atonement and reconciliation with God by sending the uniquely sinless “Anointed Savior” Jesus to bear our sins’ punishment on himself on the cross. This unmerited gift of salvation is received, not through religious affiliation or creed, but through repenting and becoming a disciple of Jesus.
According to these critics, the above doctrine must have been added later since it doesn’t fit their existing religious ideas. These skeptics would also have to believe that all verses using the misunderstood titles of “Son” and “Lord” given to Jesus were also later additions.
To anyone who has actually read through the entire New Testament, this is utterly ridiculous; for this message is found explicitly and repeatedly in every one of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. It is also implied in at least half the entire New Testament teaching. Without it, the Injil would make no sense whatsoever.
This theory that “only a few verses” were later added is ridiculous to anyone who has actually read through the entire New Testament, for this message is found explicitly and repeatedly in every one of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, and implied in at least half the New Testament teaching. This same gospel is found stated explicitly by Jesus many times throughout all the gospels: Matthew 26:28, John 3:15, Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45, John 10:9, John 14:6, John 6:44,47,48,51, John 10:11, John 10:28, John 11:25, John17:1-2, John 17:3, Luke 24:26-27, Luke 4:43, John 6:29, John 6:33,35, John 4:14, John 5:21, Matthew 18:21-35. It is the same gospel proclaimed by Peter (Acts 2:38, Acts 4:12, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 2 Peter 1:16), James (James 2:10), and John (1 John 2:1,2). Furthermore, all twenty seven books of the New Testament use those misunderstood titles.
In other words, this message is utterly inextricable from the New Testament, it is quite simply the central “good news” message, of the Injil.