Text Variants In The Bible

Difficulties In Biblical Monographs

The suggestion that the Holy Bible has not been inerrantly transmitted from its earliest inception down to the present day is met with flat denials by bibliolatrists and Bible conservatives that hold unbiblical views about the content of the monographs. The history of the Holy Bible is sufficiently well known to show that as we have it today in its many versions it is not always how it was written by original monographers. 

We note without difficult the variants within the pages of the Bible where opposing or contradictory statements are made and where discrete accounts of the same event are described at variance with other versions in the same translation. To the faithful believer that has not sought to place burdens of incredulity on other believers, these variants pose no great problem. However, when someone insists that the texts have been perfectly transmitted there are outstanding challenges to making the contradictions reflect to perfect mind of God. A few examples will illustrate some challenges. 

  

QUESTION 1.   Did the Lord cause David to number Israel? 

ANSWER 1.      Yes - 2 Samuel 24:1 

ANSWER 2.      No  - 1 Chronicles 21:1 

  

QUESTION 2.    Does God justify the ungodly?

ANSWER 1.       Yes - Romans 4:5 

ANSWER 2.       No - Exodus 23:7; Proverbs 17:15 

  

QUESTION 3.  Does God punish children for the sins of the fathers? 

ANSWER 1.     Yes - Exodus 34:7; Deuteronomy 5:9; Exodus 20:5

ANSWER 2.     No - Ezekiel 18:20 

  

QUESTION 4.   Does God repent or change?

ANSWER 1.     Yes - Genesis 6:6; Exodus 32:14; 1 Samuel 15:35; Jeremiah 26:13; Amos 7:1-6 

ANSWER 2.     No - Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Malachi 3:6

  

QUESTION 5.  Did the Lord deliver the Law or did angels? 

ANSWER 1.    The Lord - Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5

ANSWER 2.    Angels - Acts 7:53; Galatians 3:19; Hebrews 2:2