Many people scoff at The New Testament , which is the part of the Bible that records
the life , ministry , death and resurrection of Jesus Christ , the work and ministry of the first believers and leaders of the early church and Gods plan of reconciliation between His Creation and Himself . It is claimed , by some , that we can not trust what we read today in The Bible as being a true record of the events that happened 2000 years ago . Can the New Testament be compared to other historical manuscripts , that we have no problems with accepting as reliable and trustworthy , with a result that demonstrates the New Testament to be far more trustworthy and accurate when in comparison to them ?
The Bible , New Testament = In existence today - 5,300 Greek manuscripts - 10,000 Latin manuscripts - 9,300 ( other ) Ethiopian , Armenian , Slavic etc manuscripts = Approximately 24,000 in existence ( extant ) complete or partial manuscripts .
... ... The earliest , in existence ( extant ) copy of part of the New Testament = AD 125 = 25 years after the writing of the originals AD 45-100 .
Classical works of Antiquity :
The Greek Writer Homer : Homer's Iliad = In existence today - approx 650 manuscripts . The earliest , in existence ( extant ) copy of Homer's Iliad = 400bc = 500 years after the writing of the originals 900 bc .
Plato (tetralogies) , classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates = In existence today 7 manuscripts - The earliest , in existence ( extant ) copy of Plato's writings = AD 900 = 1200 years after the writing of the originals approximately 400 bc .
Herodtus (history) = In existence today 8 manuscripts - The earliest , in existence ( extant ) copy = AD 900 = 1300 years after the writing of the originals approximately 400 bc .
Tacitus ( Annals of Rome ) = In existence today 20 manuscripts - earliest copy = AD 1100 = 1000 years after being written = Originals AD 100 .
Pliny the younger (History) = In existence today 7 manuscripts - earliest copy = AD 850 = 750 years after being written = Originals AD 100 approximately .
Aristotle = In existence today 49 manuscripts - earliest copy = AD 1100 = 1400 years after being written = Originals approximately 350 bc .
Caesar = In existence today 10 manuscripts - earliest copy = AD 900 = 1000 years after being written = Originals approximately 100 bc .
There are other writings of a classical nature from Antiquity that we can also compare with the New Testament and the result would be the same as demonstrated with those used . The result , clearly , shows that if we dismiss the historical written accounts of the New Testament , on the basis of the manuscript evidence , then we would also have to dismiss great chunks of classical (literature) works of Antiquity .
We can rest assured that what we read in the New Testament ( the Bible ) today is what was written in the original manuscripts .