This is now my third installment dealing with the topic “Are ALL Bibles Valid?”. We have looked thus far at Luke 24:1 and 24:3. This time we will be looking at 24:6 as we continue to consider the question “Are ALL Bibles Valid?”.
Luke 24:6 reads as follows in our Authorized Version, “He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,”
Now, the words we want to look at in particular are “He is not here, but is risen”. These 7 words in our English Bible consist of 5 words in the Greek text, viz. ouk estin wde all hgerthh. It is these words that Westcott and Hort shut up in double brackets as though they were not part of the inspired text. Due to this we find that the RSV, NRSV and the InV have all three conspired to omit these precious words that are undoubtedly known to all Christians. That this was the cry of the two “men” is without question. That Luke penned these words is also without question. So, yet again, we must inquire into what amount of evidence there is for excising such wonderful words from Luke’s Gospel.
You may be happy to know that our search for such evidence will be brief. Once again we find that the sole, and I stress SOLE, authority for omitting yet other 7 words from our English Bible is the Greek Codex Bezae (D). Incredibly the words are to be met with in every other copy of the Gospel of Luke with the exception of Codex D. On the sole authority of this erratic codex W-H enclosed these 5 Greek words in double brackets. Then, as I have said before, what one group brackets another group will expunge all together. Consequently, the RSV, NRSV and InV have all expunged these words from the Biblical text as though they were never uttered by the heavenly voices.
It is again unfathomable to me that these 7 words could be ‘taken away’ from God’s word on such scanty evidence (of course that is if you even consider the false witness of ONE mss. as evidence at all). I would again remind everyone that we are strictly warned not to ‘take away’ nor ‘add to’ God’s words. This is not a point open for debate! God has warned us against ‘taking away’ from and ‘adding to’ His divine words. Yet, despite this clear warning we have many today ranting and raving that ALL Bibles are valid. Even though these same people openly admit that it is a “sin” to ‘take away’ from or ‘add to’ God’s words they will still argue that ALL Bibles are “valid” even when faced with such examples as I have been setting forth in this series. I am convinced now more than ever that it takes someone who wishes to remain willfully blind to make or even support such as notion that ALL Bibles are valid. This is an absurd notion and absolutely CANNOT be supported by the Bible itself. For it condemns such ideas on its very pages.
Lastly, I want to again address the footnotes that are found on practically every page of the modern versions. Here at verse 6 we find the footnote, “Other ancient authorities add ‘He is not here, but has risen’”. A comment here is scarcely required! I believe any rational thinking person can clearly see the total hypocrisy of their statement. “Other ancient authorities ADD….” What a totally misleading statement! This is a lie and they very well know it. Again, as before, had they wished to be truthful in their footnotes it should read something to the effect of “Only manuscript D omits ‘He is not here, but is risen’”. But this would expose them for the frauds that they really are wouldn’t it? They are certainly not going to do that because they prey on uninformed and/or unsuspecting saints as well as those that have “itching ears”.
In closing, we are left again with the task of determining exactly which Bibles are indeed “valid”. If Codex D is right then all other existing Greek manuscripts are wrong for they have ‘added to’ (as the footnote stated) the text. If this be the case then the RSV, NRSV and InV alone among Bible versions are “valid”. This would render ALL other Bibles useless because they are guilty of ‘taking away’ from God’s words. On the other hand, if Codex D is wrong, which I am certain of, then the RSV, NRSV and InV are wrong also. This would in turn render them corrupt, or shall we say “sinful”, because they have ‘taken away’ from God’s words. It’s just a plain cold hard fact that not ALL Bibles are ‘valid’.