BEFORE the discovery of the cache of Hebrew scrolls in the Dead Sea caves in 1947, aside from a few fragments, our Hebrew Old Testament manuscripts were from the late 9th to the 11th century C.E. That is but a mere thousand years ago when the original thirty-nine Hebrew Old Testament Bible books date from 2,500 to 3,500 years ago. Does this mean that prior to 1947, textual scholars and translators were uncertain about the Hebrew Bible that lies behind our English Old Testament? No, there was the most important Hebrew manuscript, which is called the Keter, the “Crown,” that originally contained all the Hebrew Scriptures, or the “Old Testament.”
Why are there so many religions? Are all religions acceptable to God? Is it proper to leave the religion of one’s parents? What is the Bible’s viewpoint as to interfaith? Is belonging to an organized religion necessary? Is having a personal relationship with God the really important thing? If we personally read the Bible, is that sufficient? How can a person know which religion is right?