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Why Secular & Religious Claims:
Against the Bible Are False

Mormons, Muslims, non Christian religions, and secular man claim the Bible is in error, that it was corrupted over time and that this is why God gave others like Joseph Smith the Book of Mormon and Muhammad the Qur'an.  Archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Science of Textual Criticism have long proved these claims false a hundred times over.  Or they claim the Bible is true only so far as it is translated correctly, meaning whatever contradicts the teaching of their religious books is in error.  Is this true?  How do we know whether or not the book of Mormon is from God, or that the Qur'an is from God?  What is the evidence we have that it is or is not?  Does the Bible give evidence of what is truly God's Word, His Book and what is not?  Yes it does.  What are these evidences?

  1. First, God made plain that what is His book is evidenced by the prophecies of the future given in them and their exact fulfillment.  God said in His word:

Amos 3:7 "For Adonai Yehovah will do nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets."

Isaiah 46:9-10 "For I am God, and there are no other gods, there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’."

Isaiah 48:3, 5 "I declared the former things long ago and they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. Therefore I declared them to you long ago, before they took place I proclaimed them to you, lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them, and my graven image and my molten image have commanded them.’"

Isaiah 44:6-7 "Thus says Yehovah, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, Yehovah of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me. And who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it; yes, let him recount it to Me in order, from the time that I established the ancient nation, and let them declare to them the things that are coming and the events that are going to take place."

Jesus Himself said he revealed the future so we would know he was Yehovah God in the flesh:

John 13:19 "From now on I am telling you before it came to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I AM." [Yehovah means: I Am]

After Jesus rose from the dead and His disciples were slow to believe the prophecies of the Scripture which predicted His coming, death and resurrection, He said to them in response:

"‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they still could not believe it for joy and were marveling, He said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them. Now He said to them, ‘These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’" (Luke 24:38-44)

  1. Second, God told us how to know who His true prophets are.  He said that through His true prophets that He would predict the future and that it would come true 100% without error.  He said if they did not, then they were not His prophets and were not to be feared:

Amos 3:7 "For Adonai Yehovah will do nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets."

Deuteronomy 18:20-22 "But the prophet who shall speak a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he shall speak in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. And you may say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which Yehovah has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of Yehovah, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which Yehovah has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him." (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)

If a prophet claimed to speak for Yehovah, but what he predicted about the future did not come true, then they were not his prophets and were to be rejected.

*God Sent the Prophets

Jeremiah 7:25 "Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent you all My servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them."

*Jesus Said the Prophets Were Sent Only Until John the Baptist

Jesus said plainly that John the Baptist is the last prophet of God who would prophesy God's Word.

Matthew 11:13 "For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John."

Luke 16:16 "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since then the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.

While God continues to reveal the future to us through His servants, there is no new revelation of Scripture by God through called anointed prophets as in the Old and New Testaments. The Scripture in the Bible is complete, no new additions.

*Now God Only Speaks to Us Through Jesus

Hebrews 1:1-3 "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the ages. And He is the reflected-brightness of His glory and the exact-image of His essence, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."

Jesus told a parable to illustrate this truth, that He is the final revelation of God to Man:

"A man planted a vineyard, and put a wall around it, and dug a vat under the wine press, and built a tower, and rented it out, to vine-growers and went on a journey. And at the harvest time he sent a slave to the vine-growers, in order to receive some of the produce of the vineyard from the vine-growers. And they took him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent them another slave, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and that one they killed; and so with many others, beating some, and killing others. He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’" (Mark 12:1-6)

Neither Joseph Smith nor Brigham Young or Muhammad ever gave any prophesies which came true 100%. They gave no evidence that they were God’s prophets or that God sent them. There are no prophecies in the book of Mormon or the Qur'an or any other religious book outside the Bible, which is God’s signature to what is His word, His book and who He truly is and who are truly His prophets. Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Muhammad were false prophets, God never gave evidence He sent them.

The Bible tells us that the church is built upon the apostles and prophets. The Bible tells us that there were only twelve Apostles:

"Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-gatherer; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him." (Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:13-16, Acts1:13)

When Judas Iscariot hung himself after betraying the Lord Jesus Christ, God chose and replaced him with the Apostle Paul.  Paul wrote:

"And last of all, as it were to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God."  (1 Corinthians 15:8-9)

The Apostle Peter in Acts 1:21-22 tells us what are the basic qualifications for being an Apostle:

"It is therefore necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us—beginning with the baptism of John, until the day that He was taken up from us—one of these should become a witness with us of His resurrection."

The Bible makes plain there were only twelve apostles and that there will be no others. Revelation 21:14 bears this out when talking about the foundation of the new Jerusalem in heaven:

"And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."

Joseph Smith and Muhammad did not accompany the Apostles with Jesus from the beginning of his ministry until His death and then witness His resurrection. Neither Joseph Smith or Muhammad prophesied the future and their prophecies come true 100% without error.  There are no prophecies in the book of Mormon or the Qur'an that came to pass 100% true without error to prove that these books are His word.  Joseph Smith and Muhammad are not Prophets or Apostle of God.  God did not place His signature upon their books, prophecies about the future that came true 100% without error, to show that these books came from Him.

The Bible tells us that the Church and the Bible are built upon the Apostles and Prophets:

"Having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone."  (Ephesians 2:20)

The church is built upon the prophets, the Old Testament, the 12 apostles, the New Testament; and upon Jesus the foundation and Corner Stone who is the focus and subject of the Bible (John 5:46-47).  Paul the Apostle wrote in the Bible:

"According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

The Apostle Peter wrote:

"He is the stone which was rejected by you [Jewish leadership], the builders, but which became the very corner stone." (Acts 4:11)

"For this is contained in Scripture: ‘Behold I lay in Zion a choice Stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed.’" (1 Peter 2:6)

The Apostles according to the Bible were people who walked with Jesus and witnessed His life, death, and resurrection. After Jesus ascended, there could be no new apostles except Paul whom Jesus replaced Judas Iscariot with. Paul had been also a witnesses of the death burial and later Jesus’ physical resurrection. Jesus made plain that prophets, in the sense of new revelation of Him, ended with John the Baptist, that God’s final revelation of God to man is Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Heb 1:1-3). The Apostles witnessed and wrote about what they learned and witnessed about Jesus Christ. There are no new Old Testament type prophets, no new Apostles. God’s Word the Bible is complete, and the Old Testament and Jesus warned in the final book of Revelation that if anyone added or took away from the Bible as it stands, that he or she will not receive eternal life or enter heaven:

"Every word of Elohim is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar."  (Proverbs 30:5-6)

"I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book." (Revelation 22:18-19)

"Elohim" is the Hebrew term for "God".  There are no new Old Testament type prophets or apostles or new revelation of God to man. There are prophets today that God speaks through to each generation, but they are not writing new Scripture or giving us any new revelation about who God is, and if they teach anything contrary to what is already written they are not of God. Whatever we teach today about who God is or about Jesus comes from God's Word:  the Judeo-Christian Bible.  On earth Jesus is God’s final revelation of Himself to man. Therefore the Bible God’s word, proved truly His word through the 100% accurate fulfillment of future prophecies contained therein (over 2,000 that takes up 27% of the Bible), proves that the claims of Joseph Smith and Muhammad against the Bible are not true and that their books did not come from God. These books add and take away from the Bible God's Word.  This also proves that Joseph Smith and Muhammad are false prophets and that they and their books are to be rejected and spurned. "Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar" (Romans 3:4).  Mormon, Muslim, if you want to enter Heaven and have eternal life, then you must denounce your books as being God's Word and declare and stand on God's completed word The Judeo-Christian Bible: which is only the testimony of Moses, the Prophets, Psalms, and Jesus through the written testimony of His only chosen twelve apostles who walked with Him and witnessed his life, death and resurrection.  This includes all sixty-six books in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  Note again the testimony of the Bible concerning its words and teaching:

"Every word of Elohim is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar."  (Proverbs 30:5-6)

"I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book." (Revelation 22:18-19)

The Mormons focus on the original King James Bible which in the New Testament was translated from inferior manuscripts. While the King James Bible is a good Bible to use, it is not one of the better translations. The King James Bible was translated from a prepared Greek manuscript of the New Testament by a Dutch scholar and humanist named Erasmus of Rotterdam (1469-1536). The Printing of this Greek manuscript began on October 2, 1515 and was completed on March 1, 1516.1/99-100 The entire edition was finished, a large folio volume of about 1,000 pages. Because of the speed in which it was produced, this Greek New Testament contains hundreds of typographical errors. Concerning this volume, the textual critic Scrivener once declared, "[It] is in that respect the most faulty book I know." This was due to the fact that Erasmus could not find a manuscript which contained the entire Greek Testament like the Vaticanus which was held at the Vatican and was not available to non-Catholic clergy. As a result he used partial Greek manuscripts and some Latin manuscripts of the New Testament, which were a translation of the Greek, at his disposal. For most of the text he relied on two rather inferior manuscripts from a monastic library at Basle, one of the Gospels and one of the Acts and Epistles, both dating from about the twelfth century. Erasmus compared them with two or three others of the same books and entered occasional corrections for the printer in the margins or between the lines of the Greek script. For the Book of Revelation he had but one manuscript, dating from the twelfth century, which he had borrowed from his friend Reuchlin. Unfortunately, this manuscript lacked the final leaf, which had contained the last six verses of the book. For these verses, as well as a few other passages throughout the book where the Greek text of the Apocalypse and the adjoining Greek commentary with which the manuscript was supplied are so mixed up as to be almost indistinguishable. Because of these missing pages Erasmus depended upon the Latin Vulgate, translating this text into Greek. From Greek to Latin and then back to Greek.  As a result of this there are passages in Erasmus Greek New Testament which cannot be found in any of the more than 5,488 existing Greek manuscripts known to man dating back to the second century. However, despite these known facts, even today Many Christian circles, including the Mormon Church, perpetuate the English translation of this Greek New Testament called the Textus Receptus ("Received Text") known as the King James Bible of 1611 and reject English translations based on better more accurate manuscripts of the New Testament.

While we have manuscripts of the New Testament dating back to A.D. 125 which is 35 years from the completed writing of the New Testament, there are only two existing complete manuscripts of the New Testament that are most accurate to the original writing and completion of the New Testament; they are called the Codex Sinaticus dated to the sixth century A.D, and B Codex Vaticanus dated to the middle fourth century A.D. Besides these there are over 24,000 manuscript copies of portions of the New Testament in existence today: 5,488 (92') known Greek manuscripts, 10,000 Latin Vulgate and 8,300 other early versions and translations in Syriac, Egyptian, Arabic, Ethiopian, Armenian, Persian, Gothic, and Slavonic, just to name a few.1/262 The New Testament was completed between A.D. 85-90 and the earliest surviving copy we have today is A.D. 125. That means the earliest known surviving copy is only 35 years from the original completion of the writing of the New Testament.2/145 On top of this, if all of these manuscripts were destroyed, the entire New Testament could be completely reconstructed through the writings of the early Church Father’s except for 11 verses.

If what secular and religious groups claimed was true: that the Bible is corrupted, then comparison of these manuscripts with our Greek Testament today would bear this out. Textual Critics have studied all of these 24,000 manuscripts for centuries, extensively for the past 200 years, and with computer technology in the last century. What do their comparison and studies of these manuscripts show? They show that our New Testament is 98.33% pure to the original autographs of the New Testament. The 1.67% inaccuracies that do exist consists of a slip of the pen or spelling error, but in no way alter the communication or meaning of the New Testament text.

How about the Old Testament? The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1948, dated to 250 B.C., when compared to our only existing Masoretic Hebrew text dated to A.D. 980 proved to be more than 95% accurate to their original autographs, and then these errors only consisted of spelling errors or the slip of the pen.  However, not one of these errors in any way or capacity altered the communication or meaning of the text. This means that the English translations of the Bible we have today are based on completely reliable manuscripts that are accurate to the original autographs they are based on.

In light of these facts, secular and religious groups which claim that the Bible has been corrupted and is not accurately translated is a lie. Despite the textual errors in the Textus Receptus (King James Bible), textual studies in the past century have also shown that these errors in no way change or alter a teaching or communication of the original text. Thus, there are no inaccuracies in the translation of the English Bible as we know it today in any version except the Jehovah Witness's translation called New World Translation. Where the Bible does not agree with their doctrine, they change the Word of God in their translation so that it does.  But any Christian translation of the Bible is an accurate translation to the Masoretic and Greek text.  Being that this is true, this proves that the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrines and Covenants of the Mormon Church and the Muslims Qur'an are false and not from God since they completely contradict the communication and teaching of the Judeo-Christian Bible on the Nature of God and Jesus Christ, Salvation, and hundreds of other subjects. This also proves that Joseph Smith and Muhammad were false prophets of God, liars, deceivers, and anything but a men of God, because they spoke against God's true word:  The Judeo-Christian Bible!

Another remarkable discovery of our century is the Hebrew Codes found in the Masoretic text of the Old Testament which shows just how much God controlled their copying from one scroll to another over 4,500 years of time. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-19,

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one iota or one point shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-19)

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Footnotes

  1. Metzger, Bruce M. The Text of the New Testament: its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration. 3rd Edition. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press Inc., 1992.
  2. Leach, Charles. Our Bible: How We Got It. Chicago: Moody Press, 1898.

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