Is the Bible the product of medieval conspiracy, political power grabs, frequent errors by illiterate scribes in darkened rooms, which we can have no real assurance in?
Here are a few things you should know about the Bible, especially the New Testament, and how it was transmitted over the last 2 thousand years, with special attention to the common (bad) arguments of unbelievers and liberal "Christians"...
1. Some of our earliest manuscripts come from within a hundred years... of Christ.
2. The transition of the New Testament was open.
2a. This means there was not a single group, culture, government, or geographic area which controlled all of the manuscripts and their families.
2b. Some of these manuscript types traditions were by organizations that were either politically or religiously in opposition to each other (Such as the Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox) -- there is no historical evidence to support or suggest they would have any interest in colluding.
3. Travel in the Post-Roman world was difficult and dangerous. Communication between distant places was difficult or impossible.
4. In spite of this vast separation and isolation, the manuscripts are spectacularly all similar.
5. These manuscript traditions also are amazingly similar to the manuscripts previously mentioned that date within a hundred or two hundred years of Christ.
6. Because of the rich and unprecedented manuscript evidence we have, textual critical scholars can trace where errors arose and in many cases even determine the cause.
7. No other set of documents from antiquity comes close to the overwhelming evidence we have to support the integrity of the Holy Scriptures.
I wish more Christians knew more about the transmission of the Bible. These bad arguments by Atheists are so bad and wrong, yet so many people are deceived.
The truth is, we have OVERWHELMING evidence to support the claim the Bible we have today is the same one written in the first century.