As Bible Believers, we believe that the King James Bible is the pure word of God. Without the belief that there is a perfect version of Scripture, there would be no final authority in terms of referencing what is right and what is wrong. An imperfect Bible makes way for mistakes that can alter the meaning of verses and distort the right doctrine.
Critics claim that the only perfect Scripture is the original or the first writings that the Apostles, Isaiah, and other authors of the Bible wrote. They believe the copies and thousands of manuscripts that came afterward did not stem from the inspiration of God.
To answer this question, we have to go to Scripture itself. 2 Timothy 3:16 mentions “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God”, this includes the copies taken from the original writings. Next, we have to define what inspiration is. Inspiration in its simplest form is God-breathed, which means that every word breathed by God is considered inspired. An issue arises with the notion of a perfectly inspired Bible: how can we insist that every word in Scripture is perfect? 2 Timothy 3:15 provides us with the answer, the Scripture that Timothy had was a copy of the original (due to the mention of him having the Holy Scriptures from when he was a child) not Isaiah’s original writing. From this, we can deduce that people during that time had access to the perfect word of God despite it being a copy of the original.
2 Timothy 3:15-16 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Another question we have to ask ourselves is this: what is considered to be Scripture? Luke 4:17-19 mentions Jesus reading from Scriptures when he reads from the book of Isaiah. Critics will argue that Jesus had the original writings of Isaiah in his possession, but this idea becomes a problem in the book of Acts. Acts 8:27-28,30 mentions an Ethiopian man reading the book of Isaiah, which has to be a copy if Jesus has the original. Even the copy that the Ethiopian man can be considered Scripture and as we know from 2 Timothy 3:16, all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, which means that even that copy was perfect because it was inspired by God.
Luke 4:17-19 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Acts 8:27-28,30 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
An instance in which a copy of Scripture was inspired by God is when Moses is given the task to rewrite the commandments when he breaks the tablets which God wrote on in Exodus 34:1.
Exodus 34:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.
Critics accuse Bible Believers of believing in double inspiration, which means that Scripture has to be inspired more than once, and they believe that Scripture is limited to one inspiration from God. The Bible, however, contradicts this in Jeremiah 36:2,22-23 where a roll is written in verse 2 and later burned in verses 22-23. Jeremiah 36:32 proves double inspiration when it mentions Jeremiah dictating what was written in the original scroll so that his writer can copy it while also adding more words.
Jeremiah 36:2,22-23 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him. And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.
Jeremiah 36:32 Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.
Proverbs 25:1 mentions this chapter is also a copy based on the original writings of Solomon’s proverbs, which were copied by the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah.
Proverbs 25:1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
Other instances of Scripture as copies are found in the following verses: