While it’s true that the original manuscripts of all the books of the Bible have been lost, this is normal for ancient documents. We no longer have the original manuscripts for anything written by Homer, Suetonius, Josephus, or any other author who wrote during the Biblical era. In fact, the manuscripts we do have were copied hundreds of years after their death. For example, scholars believe they have accurate manuscripts of all 7 of Sophocles plays. However, the oldest substantial manuscript in existence was written 1,400 years after he died. These documents would have been read heavily and are very old. Even the finest quality paper would not last under those conditions.
Many people believe that God intentionally prevented the manuscripts from surviving. If they were still around people would flock to museums to see them. There would be a growing number of people who worship pieces of paper instead of the God who inspired the words written on them. To this day Jews from all over the world visit Jerusalem so that they can touch, pray beside, and even leave prayer requests in the western wall of the destroyed temple. They believe the wall brings them closer to God. Imagine a similar reaction surrounding the piece of parchment Paul penned his letter to the Ephesians on.
Josh McDowell, Evidence that demands a verdict (San Bernardino, 1972), 47.
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