A person needs the original texts to really understand the bible.



While standing in line at a Christian bookstore, I heard a gentleman say to his buddy that if he could only get his hands on the original manuscripts, he would know the “real” truth of the bible. He apparently didn't trust those who wrote and spoke the ancient tongues and who translated them into English. Such people view the bible as some kind of magic talisman, where the “really good stuff” is anywhere except right under their noses.

If this is true, then we're all doomed and only Greek and Hebrew scholars will be in heaven. Imagine yourself standing before God one day, crying out, “Lord, if only you’d given me the understanding to read the Dead Sea scrolls in their original language, then I could’ve obeyed you better!” The truth is, these folks are not interested in obedience or getting to know Jesus Christ; they are only looking for secrets that will titillate their thinking.

Jesus told the religious leaders, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” NAS (John 5:39-40)

Christianity is about a person—Jesus Christ. One of the apostles wrote that our Lord did many things, but “these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31) Thus, the scriptures provide adequate testimony so that a person may understand and embrace salvation. It is not some magic puzzle book, where deep secrets are hidden inside of anagrams.

If you are searching for salvation and a release from the burden of sin and guilt, you can only get there through faith in Christ. “Faith comes by hearing the word of God.” (Rom 10:17) You’re not going to get a Super Faith by poring over the Dead Sea scrolls or other ancient texts.