Sounds like there was many changes and stuff added all the time. Does our Lord not say that nothing whatsoever should be changed in the bible? Or there will be punishment? Was there that kind of change? How would we this day and age know if something or maybe a lot was changed past these many years? It could be added or already in there wrote by dis-believers? I pray not. I love your timeline web. I could not stop reading. I am a true believer in our Lord Jesus. I need a lot of work to understand better. I have a lot of trouble remembering what I read and learn. Tina.
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Hi Tina: The Bible is a collection of small books which is why it’s called the Bible. The word Bible is a form of the Latin word Bible or group of books. There are two verses in the Bible where the WRITER commands that the book he wrote should not be changed. Both of those verses apply to only that book of the Bible not the Bible as a whole since The Bible as we know it did not exist when those books were written.
In Deuteronomy 4:2 Moses commands that no words should be added or changed in Deuteronomy. In Revelation (also the last book contained in the Bible) John makes a similar statement. After John wrote Revelation, he then wrote the letters we know as 1st, 2nd and 3rd John.
So even John wrote more of the Bible after writing Revelation. Since these separate books were all compiled into one “Book” known as the Bible, with Revelation at the end, people have confusedly thought John’s statement refers to the whole Bible, not the Book of Revelation.
However, none of this means a man can add to the Bible. While man must not add or change the Bible, from the time of Moses God did add to His word through inspired men. (If He hadn’t we would have a much shorter Bible.) The men who wrote these books are known to be prophetic and inspired. Their words have been carefully kept throughout the years through God’s miraculous hand. Multiple copies are kept and compared.
When copied, men carefully reviewed them to be sure they were accurately copied. The other changes you are referring to are twofold. First – which books are going to be included in the Bible. That has changed over time as inspired men have discussed which writings are true historically and doctrinally and which are not. That’s how we got a set of books known as The Apocrypha which at one time were included in the King James Bible but since have been removed. The second set of changes refers to the translations from the original languages each of the books was written in, into English (or Spanish or Russian or whatever.) Men worked together to translate the Bible from it’s original languages (Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic) into the languages we understand today. Again their work is reviewed, and cross-checked to be sure it is true to the original meaning. The Bible, the inspired word of God, is available to people like you and me because of these translations.
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