From the time I became a Christian, I heard from my fellow protestants that Roman Catholics were weird, and very likely wrong about a lot of things.
I heard about how the Catholics were in cahoots with various kings, and that many of the popes were depraved, evil men. I heard about the “Apocrypha,” [that’s Maccabees and all those other books at the end of the old testament that you find in the Catholic bible, but not the protestant version] that the Catholics added to the Bible [turns out the protestants took it out, but that’s semantics, right?] and the protestants believed that the Catholics used the apocrypha to justify things like paying alms for the dead, purgatory, and various other things that protestants don’t believe in.
So here’s my beef. Regardless of who’s right, either way, we have a real historical documentation of someone adding to, or taking away from, the holy scriptures. If we have one such case of distortion/altering of the Bible, how can we know for sure that it’s the only one?
We can’t. Which puts the veracity, the infallibility, of the whole thing in question. Which parts were changed to suit the religious leaders of the day, and which were there in the first place?
Knowing that the Bible very likely has additions or subtractions that did not come from God is a whole helluva lot more difficult to deal with than blind faith in the Bible’s infallibility, but given that one ‘for sure’ instance of distortion, how can anyone seriously believe that it is infallible?
God gave us free will, so you can’t use the whole, “Well, because God wouldn’t allow it to be changed” argument. If someone wanted to, he would allow it. Besides the fact that we already know that he did allow it at least once…