Monday, October 15, 2012

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There are many good reasons to consider modern Bible versions Roman Catholic in origin. They are highly influenced by 2 manuscripts, Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus. Codex Vaticanus has been housed in the Vatican library for as long as anyone knows. Codex Sinaiticus was found in a Greek Orthodox monastery (similar to Roman Catholic in doctrine) in a trash bin and was going to be used for burning in the furnace. There is good reason that is was going to be burned. There are estimated to be about 23,000 "corrections" that have been made to the manuscript from various people.

The Douay-Rheims Bible is the first English Bible by the Roman Catholics. The New and Old Testament were completed in 1609 and was based off the Latin Vulgate instead of the Greek and Hebrew. The Latin Vulgate and both the Code Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus go hand in hand. Bibles such as the ESV, NASB and NIV use similar readings to that of the Douay-Rheims as well as more modern Roman Catholic Bibles such as the New Jerusalem Bible, RSV and NRSV. The reason for the similar readings is because the Greek texts come from Roman Catholic sources.

The Greek text used for the King James Bible is the Textus Receptus. It was put together by Erasmus. Because he was considered a Catholic some claim that makes the Textus Receptus Catholic and therefore the KJB a Catholic Bible. That is far from the truth. Even before the KJB was written Pope Paul IV condemned everything Erasmus had written in 1559 and called Erasmus the leader of all heretics. In 1546 the Council of Trent condemned Erasmus' New Testament. The text of Erasmus is what the reformers used for translations such at the Luther Bible, Geneva Bible and the Tyndale Bible.

In summary it was the text of the King James Bible the Roman Catholic leaders condemned. The text used by modern versions is what has always been used and still currently is used by Roman Catholics. The Textus Receptus is what was used by those opposing Rome and is the source for the unchanging King James Bible.

For more information I recommend these following articles:

Undeniable Proof - Part 1
Undeniable Proof - Part 2
What About Erasmus?



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