For them, the OT was the undisputed word of God and they were deeply immersed in it and committed to its authority.

Christians maintain that they are saved by faith totally apart from their actions and works -- and their salvation is guaranteed from the moment they accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Perhaps this can be gauged by a recent interview with Pastor "One of the problems is that the average Christian in the average church who listens to the average Christian broadcasting has such an oversimplified understanding of both the Bible and of church history - it would be deeply disturbing for them to really learn about church history." And truth be told, it can easily be demonstrated that the core purpose and objectives of the original Gospel teachings are so radically different than what is preached from our pulpits today, that the Gospel of the first century would be condemned as heresy if it was presented to a modern congregation of believers.

"For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who ..commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt..

Indeed, all the historical indicators show that that our four gospels were, far and away, the most popular gospels in the early church. If there is a difference, it is that the New Testament seems even more well-preserved than comparable documents in the ancient world.

For more on this point, see my article here, or check out Chuck Hill’s book, Rounding out our top-five fake news stories is the claim that the text of the New Testament has been so radically corrupted, edited, and changed that we cannot really know what the original authors said. The problem, however, is that there is no evidence for this level of radical corruption. After generations of careful scholarship, and a wealth of manuscripts at our disposal, we can have great confidence in the words of the New Testament.

Can we see scribal changes/mistakes in our New Testament manuscripts?

"But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

And as the one who has been sent unto the Churches, While modern Christians claim the validity of their dogmatic beliefs by virtue of being founded upon the teachings of the historical Jesus and the Bible, it is easily demonstrated that such claims are little more than a bogus fraud -- a fraud perpetrated upon a community of unknowing believers who have been duped by political forces which were external to the Church.

And while this fact is easily proven, the Christian world remains in denial.

During the first few centuries, we are told, Christians read the with equal (if not more) regularity than the books that made it into our Bibles.