FACT: GOD DID NOT STANDARDIZE ANY SPECIFIC BIBLE, ITS TRANSLATION OR MANUSCRIPTS (GREEK & HEBREW) AS AN INTEGRAL DIVINE SOURCE OF TRUTH.
What god promised was this:
ISAIAH 34:16 SEEK YE OUT OF THE “SEPHER” (ONE WRITING) OF THE LORD AND READ, “NONE OF IT SHALL FAIL”…HIS SPIRIT IT HAS “GATHERED” THEM (WRITINGS)!
What he promised was, to gather divine writings and by his divine intervention, make these biblical writings as collective one writing termed in hebrew as “sepher” of the lord. It speaks of what we have presently, that is, gathered Hebrew manuscripts for old testament and gathered Greek, syriac, ethiophic and Armenian etc.. for new testament, both considered as one writing through the process of canonization. These manuscripts in their raw form have variants and discrepancies thus in its raw form, it cannot be the gathered “sepher” of god, thus there was the necessity to sort out correct texts from errors, and was possible through the process called textual criticism as explained below:
The gathered Greek, Latin, Syriac etc…as component of the “sepher” of the lord which “sepher” includes both old and new testament where determined after textual criticism, and after undergoing such process, produced what is considered, in consensus, as the correct text most likely the equivalent to the original new testament written in that language theoretically thought as greek. Yet even in its determined correct text, which determination through divine guidance made it possible as implied in Isaiah 34:16, it was still categorized in three text types, the two types as the prominent types. These are the Alexandrian text type and the byzantine text type, and according to the source above, both are 95.5% identical.
These text types as considered the correct text, (or the critical text for alexandrian text type and majority text for byzantine text type) most likely closest to the original were the basis for the different Greek manuscripts collated as the sources of our present English bible translations. The Alexandrian text type for example has paved the making of the nestle-aland Greek which was the basis for the NIV bible. The byzantine text type paved the making of textus receptus which was the basis for the king James English bible.
And so is the process for majority text (byzantine text type).
Here are the modern bible produced from these text types:
Though it was said, that the Alexandrian text type and byzantine text type are 95.5% identical, the manifestation of their grave differences were emphasized on how, the proponents of these text types were endowed in much dispute as shown below:
These proponents, scholarly were textual literate thus any commentaries they have contentious in nature, is an overview how that these text types as prominent sources of modern bibles, are indeed not in calculable harmony, which in turn, testifies the improbable nature of these to be one collective “sepher” of god, as god’s “sepher” as described in Isaiah 34:16 is infallible, whereas discrepancies these sources have are testament of failure.
As I initially said, god never standardize any specific collective manuscripts as the source of divine truth, thus by biblical context, as specific, nothing between the greek-hebrew complete bible that contains either of the two text-type (alexandrian or byzantine) was confirmed as the book of god.
As suggested by these Greek text literate, traces of truth were both in each text-types, sometimes, the other having the “superior” text than the other and vice versa, confirming, that in their perspective, we could use any of the Greek bible in matters wherein, the superior text is preferred than the other whether it be in an Alexandrian or byzantine text type.
Thus, we could pick truth, divine truth, from any modern bible produced from these text-types, any verse as correctly translated in any bible we have such as NIV, KJV, ESV, NASB etc..as expressed below:
Though god, implied a “sepher” of the lord to be one of these complete greek-hebrew bible containing either an Alexandrian or byzantine text-type, as these inevitably, are the only possible candidates as fulfillment to the promise of integral divine scriptures gathered as one “sepher” (writing), we could only surmise, which indeed between them is the correct bible. We cannot tell, of course, if such perspective is not guided by a divine hand.
With divine guidance though, these different bibles from different text-types, having traces of truth in it, we prefer to engage in biblical interpretation through selective method, wherein we choose, which textual verse/s from each text-types reflected in the various bible, the correct text as it was originally revealed to the early christians.
It is my personal belief that it is not yet revealed which among greek-hebrew bible is the real “sepher” of the lord, the infallible and contextually harmonized writing, as I observed bro Eli’s selective verse method.
THIS IS HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES US! SELECTING CORRECT TEXT FROM VALID AVAILABLE BIBLE!
Therefore, by these simple correlation of facts, we could conclude, the one “sepher” of god, infallible, have not yet been revealed which between the greek-hebrew bibles reflecting Alexandrian or byzantine text-type is the correct bible!
THEREFORE, GOD DID NOT REVEAL YET THAT SINGLE BIBLE, HE CALLED, “SEPHER” OF THE LORD, UNLESS OF COURSE, IF GOD REVEALED IT TO YOU CONSIDERING THE TRUE CHURCH AS RECIPIENT OF INTEGRAL TRUTH.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
THUS, IF EVER, GOD REVEALED TO YOU WHICH IS THE “SEPHER”, THEN YOU MUST BE THE TRUE CHURCH, WHICH, INEVITABLY MAKES US, FALSE.
BUT ARE YOU THE TRUE CHURCH?
P.S. THIS IS MY PERSONAL VIEW AND NOT NECESSARILY REFLECTIVE OF THE CHURCH!
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