Letter: All bibles are not created equal
Recently a woman called a radio program and asked the host, Ray Prichard (a well-known pastor), how she could trust the Bible because of the many deletions from modern translations.
He told her that through the years scribes added stuff, and that Bible critics have tried to remove them. This is profound ignorance of the history of textual criticism.
The reason modern Bibles have some 600 partial and whole verses deleted is because two Greek scholars produced a new Greek text (the Critical Text) in the 1870s, using mainly two Alexandrian texts. Alexandria was a hot bed of Gnosticism. Its scholars edited the original New Testament to better accommodate their beliefs.
A recent discovery of Papyri 66, a middle Second Century text, is a prime example. Gordon Fee (a popular commentator) says of "P66," "It offers us first-hand evidence of a kind of official editorial activity going on in the church in Alexandria at the time of Clement."
Westcott and Hort, who produced the Critical Text, were practicing Spiritualists who drank too much and did not believe in the inspiration of the Bible. Their new Greek text became the basis for the Nestles Text, on which all modern translations are based.
The King James Version is based on a Greek text, the Received Text, produced by Erasmus in 1516 using Byzantine texts. He had the Alexandrian texts but rejected them for reasons obvious to those who know their history.
The first Bible based on the Critical Text was produced in 1881 in England and 1901 in America. The first to get widespread use was the Revised Standard in 1947. All denominations are now awash with modern versions based on the Critical Text.
The Chief Editor of the MV Bible had this to say, "The NIV shows the great error that regeneration depends upon faith and that in order to be 'born again' man must first accept Jesus as Savior and the blood of Jesus has no efficacy to redeem us."