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FACT: It is true that the Bible (all 66 books) did not magically fall from the sky. It was developed and collected over time. During the first century, the Old Testament was taken in its complete form from Judaism. The collection of 27 New Testament books we have today was discussed as early as the 2nd century, but was not finalized until 397 A.D.

[BOOK: …and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book”12

FACT: History HAS had a definitive version of the Bible, in it’s complete form, from 397 A.D. until today. The Bible has been through countless translations and revisions. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament in Greek and Aramaic. As new languages took center stage, it was important to translate the Bible into that language. Even today with our Bibles in English our translations still need revising and updating as our English language changes.
While there are countless revisions to translations, the Hebrew and Greek texts behind the translations never change. Every translation, update and revision comesfrom a standardized Hebrew and Greek text. In this way, the Bible stays true to the original.
The standardized Hebrew and Greek texts are taken from over 5,300 fragments and complete manuscripts with some of the manuscripts dating back to 200 A.D. When all of these documents are compared for mistakes (spelling, grammar, etc.) we have a text that is almost 100% identical to what the New Testament writers would have written. In fact it has been


estimated that our text is 98.33 % pure4. Believe it or not, the longer the Bible is around, the more accurate it gets.

[Book: “ ‘More than eighty gospels were considered for the New Testament, and yet only a relative few were chosen for inclusion-Matthew, Mark, Luke and John among them.” “Who chose which gospels to include?” Sophie asked. “Aha!” Teabing burst in with enthusiasm. “The fundamental irony of Christianity! The Bible, as know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great.’”13

FACT: Very few of the apocryphal (extra) books were ever truly considered for inclusion in the Canon. The charts below show which books were seriously considered. You will also notice that Constantine and Nicea are not mentioned. It was up to the writings of the church fathers to make the decision of what books made the cut. The first collated (complete) Bible was put together in 370 A.D., almost 40 years after the death of Constantine.

[BOOK: “ ‘The twist is this,’ Teabing said, talking faster now. ‘Because Constantine upgraded Jesus’ status almost four centuries after Jesus’ death, thousands of documents already existed chronicling His life as a mortal man. To rewrite the history books, Constantine knew he would need a bold stroke. From this sprang the most profound moment in Christian history.’ Teabing paused, eyeing Sophie. ‘Constantine commissioned and financed a new Bible, which omitted

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