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A series of articles describing the illegitimacy of the Critical Text, a new Greek text primarily based on Alexandrian Texts, and from which nearly all modern Bible translations derive.

What Difference Does It Make?

A detailed analysis of the impacts one embraces when uncritically accepting modern Bibles based on the critical text (CT), also known in scholarly circles and seminaries as the Nestle Aland - United Bible Societies text (NA-UBS, or NU for short).

(Link to 15-page PDF file; Sept. 2023)

Below are the fruits of Dr. Wilbur Pickering's detailed analysis of the doctrinal impacts which the Critical Text (also known as the NU, or eclectic text) create in today's modern Bibles.

Dr. Pickering introduces the answer to the question, "What difference does it make what Bible I use?", as follows:

"It has been commonly argued, for at least 200 years, that no matter what Greek text one may use no doctrine will be affected. In my own experience, for over fifty years, when I have raised the question of what is the correct Greek text of the New Testament, regardless of the audience, the usual response has been: 'What difference does it make?' The purpose of this article is to answer that question, at least in part."

"... The discrepancy between NU and the Majority Text is around 8% (i.e., involving 8% of the words). In a Greek text with 600 pages that represents 48 solid pages' worth of discrepancies! About a fifth of that reflects omissions in the eclectic [NU] text, so it is some ten pages shorter than the Majority Text. Even if we grant, for the sake of the argument, that up to half of the differences between the Majority and eclectic texts could be termed ‘inconsequential’, that leaves some 25 pages' worth of differences that are significant (in varying degrees). In spite of these differences it is usually assumed that no cardinal Christian doctrine is at risk (though some, such as eternal judgment, the ascension and the deity of Jesus, are weakened). However, the most basic one of all, the divine inspiration of the text, is indeed under attack."


He then astutely provides us with a straightforward conclusion to these 15 pages of ungodly doctrinal errors:

"What difference does it make? Not only do we have the confusion caused by two rather different competing forms of the Greek text, but one of them (the eclectic text) incorporates errors and contradictions that undermine the doctrine of inspiration and virtually vitiate the doctrine of inerrancy; the other (the Majority Text) does not. The first is based on subjective criteria, applied by naturalistic critics; the second is based on the consensus of the manuscript tradition down through the centuries. Because the conservative evangelical schools and churches have generally embraced the theory (and therefore the presuppositions) that underlies the eclectic text (NU), there has been an ongoing hemorrhage or defection within the evangelical camp with reference to the doctrines of Biblical inspiration and inerrancy (especially). The authority of Scripture has been undermined—it no longer commands immediate and unquestioned obedience. As a natural consequence there is a generalized softening of our basic commitment to Christ and His Kingdom."

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