• I don't use one, I use many, in various languages:
  • From the evidence I've seen, historically speaking there are so many copies of the New Testament that people who look at this kind of historical stuff today can be pretty much certain that what we have today is pretty much what was originally delivered. Sure, there are minor variations but these variations don't make a difference/impact on the core message of Christianity. As to open contradiction, do you have an example? During the times I study the Bible, I've never come across any contradictions. As to interpreting the Bible: I try my best to let the Bible speak for itself. (e.g taking into account context etc). Again, in my experience, if you approach the Bible that way, I think the core message, (the gospel) is pretty clear, as well as the response we are told to make. I think, in our post-modern age, we all, (including myself), have a tendency to underestimate the power, meaning and unambiguity of words.
  • (Joh 3:27) John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
  • None where translated correctly. The Bible were written in 3 different languages: Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. They were translated at different times into many versions with different purposes. Words often, do not translate perfectly into another language you lose many of the alternate meanings of words that can completely change the meaning as well. I tend to read the Bible version that is as close as possible to the originals (or should I say, the oldest written versions of the books still existing), and if there is a difference in the original versions of the texts, I like to know what are the differences so I can see if there's any other possible meanings (this occurs a lot with the Massoretic texts written after the Jews returned from exile in Persia). Sometimes, whole chapters of some books are omitted or altered depending on the manuscript you are using. I like to use the New Jerusalem version, because it actually tells you when there are different versions of the ancient texts. It even gives you the translations of these differences in the footnotes, along with cultural and historical notes that make the translations easier.
  • Hate to shock U there mate, but nobody ever wrote a "Bible". All we have are remnants & very few complete writings by many "Assigned Scribes" under the Direction of God the Holy Spirit. These are still being analyzed as more & more support information is being "Dug Up". As several have said one cannot understand the Scripture unless the same Holy Spirit makes it known to them. We can & do however diligently compare these texts with the Customs of the day, the Politics at the time & the Word Usage to the best of our knowledge. Anything that does not fit (such as the Apocrypha) is disallowed from Scripture. John
  • None are correct as none were read, authored, or even seen by their alleged central character : Jesus. Christianity is a cult pretending to be a religion.

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