Are all bibles the same?
Christians claim that there is ONLY one bible. The versions used by people are nothing but translations. To substantiate the claim of the Christians, we have pasted the excerpts from the link (A Christian Bible website) below.
Excerpts from the link:
First we need to understand what we mean by a "version". A better word than "version" is "translation". The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek. If every man could read Hebrew and Greek, then we would have no need for an "English version". Most people can''t read Greek, "It''s all Greek to me"! We must rely, therefore, upon men who are fully fluent in English and Greek. These "scholars" read the original Greek Bible and come up with an English equivalent. This process is called translation. Although the exact choice of words or sentence structure is different in each translation, the meaning is identical. Take the words of Jesus in Mark 16:16 from three "versions" as an example; NIV: "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved". KJV: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved". NAS: "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved" Different words and sentences but the meaning is identical.
Is this claim true?
To know if this claim is true, we will compare three popular versions of the bible (Used and accepted by most of the Christian Denominations), namely: King James Version, New International Version and Revised Standard Version.
|11||Mark 9:44 and 46||Present||Missing||Missing|
|18||1 John 5:7||Present||The whole verse has been changed||The whole verse has been changed|
|19||Luke 9:56||Present||Half of verse Missing||Half of verse Missing|
|20||Acts 23:9||Present||Last part of verse missing||Last part of verse missing|
|21||Mathew 6:13 [Prayer Taught by Jesus (as)]||Present||Last part of verse missing||Last part of verse missing|
|22||John 9:35||Verse ends with "Son of God"||Verse ends with "Son of Man"||Verse ends with "Son of Man"|
|23||Mark 2:17||Verse ends with "to repentance"||To repentance is missing||To repentance is missing|
|24||Matthew 9:13||Verse ends with "to repentance"||To repentance is missing||To repentance is missing|
|25||Luke 10:1||Verse says Seventy (70)||Verse says Seventy two (72)||Verse says Seventy (70)|
|26||Colossians 1:14||Adds "through his blood"||"through his blood" missing||"through his blood" missing|
What does the table above prove? The versions are NOT mere translations BUT indeed a different bible itself.
Indeed, those who exchange the covenant of Allah and their [own] oaths for a small price will have no share in the Hereafter, and Allah will not speak to them or look at them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He purify them; and they will have a painful punishment. And indeed, there is among them a party who alter the Scripture with their tongues so you may think it is from the Scripture, but it is not from the Scripture. And they say, "This is from Allah," but it is not from Allah. And they speak untruth about Allah while they know.
So woe to those who write the "scripture" with their own hands, then say, "This is from Allah ," in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.
Message for the Christians:
O People of the Scripture, there has come to you Our Messenger making clear to you much of what you used to conceal of the Scripture and overlooking much. There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book.
By which Allah guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darkness into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path.
It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) observed:
By Him in Whose hand is the life of Muhammad, he who amongst the community of Jews or Christians hears about me, but does not affirm his belief in that with which I have been sent and dies in this state (of disbelief), he shall be but one of the denizens of Hell-Fire.
Sahih Muslim - Book 001, Number 0284 [The Book of Faith (Kitab Al-Iman)]