Isn't it sad that after nearly 2000 years we still have to have conversations like this? Why must the Scriptures constantly be questioned and reevaluated every time some new scroll or fragment is discovered somewhere? We have all the information we need to trust our Bible and the confessions of the early church. Volumes of books on apologetics have been written about our faith, the formation of the canon, textual criticism, inerrancy, etc. Nevertheless peoples faith get shaky when this kind of stuff gets discovered. I don't care if it turns out to be a first century fragment dating to the time of Christ.
I remember when "The DaVinci Code" came out I had one evangelical Christian friend say to me something like, "I know the movie was fictional, but it does kind of make you question." Really? Question what!? Question what do you put your trust in? The historic Christian faith as preserved by God through the church, or the liberal, antiChristian agenda of Hollywood? (Hmmm, give me a millisecond to ponder that one.) Many years ago my brother and his wife showed me a book they got at a yardsale somewhere, "The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden." This book caused them to "question" too and I convinced them that if they're faith and trust in the Bible was that weak, then they shouldn't have such a book in their possession. Thankfully they gave it to me and it now collects dust on my bookshelf.
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