Hubcrafter, I agree with you regarding different languages and the Bible. However, when you start talking about which version in English... that is when it becomes NOT ok for you to answer this question. You are either an evil liar, (which I don't believe but is still possible), and/or blind though well intentioned.
We could go into a heavy debate with thread after thread, but it all boils down to this point: The Bible says the words of the Lord are Pure words, pure as silver tried in a furnace 7 times, and that the Lord shall preserve them forever and ever.
However, you just said, " No. The Gospel is not a perfect group of words."
Oh Really? Our God, our Perfect God who created you, me, and the universe with the sound of his voice and the wave of his hand.... cannot put together a perfect group of words?
I say - HOG WASH!
Hubcrafter.... HOG WASH!!!!... my friend.
Either the Lord perserved his perfect and pure word like he said he would, or God is a liar - or you are simply mistaken. But the Bible says, let man be a liar and God be true.
So I am supposed to believe you now? Is this how you explain away all the verses in all the bibles that don't match up from Bible to bible? Is this how you explain away all the verses that suddenly disappeared and are no longer even there?
But Harlan, we have all these scholars (men) with evidence and this and that and they wrote this book and said this and they said that and showed this and that....
Let God be true and man be a liar....
Either God preserved his word or he didn't. And if he didn't then he is a liar and we have no business following him. We might as well all go get drunk and indulge in illicit behavior because that is as good as its ever going to get.
The simple fact is there are several versions of the Bible because these large publishing companies have changed the word of God so that they can copyright it and peddle it for mammon. Every bible version has a copyright that prevents you from going into business and printing the word of God - unless you change it just enough to call it your own.... except one Bible. There is one that anyone can print anytime, anywhere as much as they want and not get sued for copyright violation.... think God would have preserved his word THAT way? Or in the trusty hands of Rupert Murdock? who btw, owns the NIV.
Do you believe God picked a large corporation to protect and perserve his HOLY word forever and for profit and for profit-forever?
Yes, I am going to write a hub on this - soon as I get home from this boat. ( Working on the oil spill)