Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses:
The Bible and the Telephone Game
The Variant Reading Myth
Some people say that the Bible is kind of like the telephone game. They think that what we read now is not the exact same thing that was written thousands of years ago. Well… it is.
The scrolls have been copied letter by letter. If there was a mistake, then it was thrown out. If you want to copy and write books of the Bible letter by letter, then be my guest. But just know that the Bible is not at all like the telephone game.
Ephesians 4:29 says “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Do not let people tell you that the Bible is not true. How do they know if it is not true?
The Bible is the proof of God’s word, not what people say or think might be God’s word. What was written in the Bible long ago is the same as what we read today.
Paige, age 12
There seems to be this phony myth going around that the Bibles today aren’t exactly the same as they were in the first copy!
That’s completely absurd because I know for a FACT that the Bible was not only copied word for word, but in fact, copied LETTER FOR LETTER!!!
Now that’s what I call accurate.
I personally believe people only tell this myth to make everyone else doubt their beliefs of the Bible or make them not have faith in it at all.
That’s probably true, but it’s not a sin to talk about it. In fact, it’s healthy for Christians to talk and discuss our beliefs in the Bible and our faith. It’s good talk about and to debunk and disprove myths like this one.
Samantha, age 12
That’s why [myths] exist, so that we can take down these meaningless myths and in turn, make our own faith stronger.
“Two factors are most important in determining
the reliability of a historical document:
1. the number of manuscript copies in existence, and
2. the time between when it was first written and the oldest existing copy.”
(Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door, p. 49)
Know what you believe…and why you believe it.
- Does it really matter what you believe, as long as you have faith?
- Are there errors in the Bible?
- Was Jesus just a good teacher?
- Can anyone prove His resurrection?
- What does that have to do with me?