New Testament leap of faith which does not make sense

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In response to J Clift, (Shropshire Star 6/11/17), I wish to remind him about the true history of the New Testament in use today. I also invite J Clift to study these facts rather than accepting on faith the mistaken assumed history of that tome, this may raise doubts on authenticity of faith .

The King James version (KJV) of the New Testament in general use today was completed as recently as 1611, by a committee of eight members of the church of England.

There were (and still are), no original texts dating from first century Palestine to translate. The oldest manuscripts we have were written over a hundred, and most over three hundred years after the alleged events and deaths of those involved. There are over 8,000 of these manuscripts with no two alike.

The authors of the King James version new testament however did not use any of the manuscripts.

The Tyndale bible was written about a hundred years before the KJV, the committee leaned heavily on this version by editing it to create a version that their king and parliament would approve .

After study in modern times it is noted that there are 14,800 differences between the KJV and the worlds’ oldest Bible, the Codex Sinaiticus of 350 AD. This means what Christians today believe as the “word of god”, is actually a book edited by men in the 17th century, from 16th century translations, of over 8,000 contradictory copies of mainly third and fourth century scrolls. These contradictory manuscripts claim to be copies of lost texts written in the first century but with absolutely no proof they ever existed.

Now this would take giant leap in the dark type faith to believe, one I cannot make and suggest that most level headed free thinkers also reject.

Paul Pearson, Church Stretton


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