1. The number of Bibles
I often reply to a Muslim friend with this illustration. Imagine that copies of a book written by Mr Mahmoud were given to every family in your town, including your family. All the copies were the same and each copy was a perfect reproduction of the original book. Later, someone suddenly claimed that the book had been changed and could no longer be trusted. Would you have accepted that claim when you had a reliable copy in your hands? Surely you would have said, ‘Wait a minute. I’ve got a copy of the original book at home and it hasn’t been changed.’
So it is with the Bible.
The original manuscripts were reproduced very carefully. Whenever a new copy was made, it was strictly checked. Many reproductions of the original manuscripts existed. If someone wanted to change the Bible they would have had to gather all the reproductions from each house – from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East – and then change them. Is that possible? No! Even if one copy had changed, people who owned the true copies would have noticed and condemned it.