Originally Posted by SergiuM
Well, archeology speaks for itself. Of the oldest complete Bible ever found (Dated approximately 150 A.D. i believe, correct me if I'm wrong), we have found it's content to be over 95% of the same content as any current day Bible. And wherever there is a difference, it is written on the bottom of the page. I must say, they did a fine job of preserving it's contents..
Well, actually, this statement isn't true at all. Archeology has
spoken on this matter, and here is what it has said:
There was never an "oldest complete Bible" to be
found. The Bible as most Christians recognize it was compiled or "canonized" by the Catholic church in the 4th century. That means they took all the texts that had been found up to that point, and edited them. They included some texts, and excluded some others. They took some stuff out and added other stuff in. Their editing was determined as much by scholarship as it was by plain old politics. The result was what most people today call the Bible, and the oldest surviving copies date to about the same time, not 150 A.D. (You are probably thinking of the Gospels, which are thought to have been written from about 50 to 110 A.D., but there are no surviving copies, and the Gospels are a small--although important--part of the whole Bible.)
And since then, there have been many translations, versions, and outright rewriting (not to mention mistakes made by monks in making copies) of the Bible. Different Christian denominations recognize different versions of the Bible. So there is not and never has been one "original" Bible that modern versions can be compared to.
Whew! That was a mouthful.
I am all in favor of everyone believing or not, however they see fit. But one thing that everyone should realize is that the Bible has been altered many times in many ways over the years. It may (or may not) have been the work of God (or inspired by God) at some point. That's a matter of opinion depending on your personal beliefs. But the fact
that it's been monkeyed with many
times by humans ever since is indisputable.