Puritan Board Freshman
I have noticed while reading my Bible (ESV) that there are several passages that have either brackets or footnotes that explain that some manuscripts don't have certain passages. I have seen several skeptics argue that this means the New Testament isn't reliable, and I've also seen some Muslims claim this means that the Bible has been corrupted. I honestly have no idea how to reply to all of these things. What are the implications of these additions? Does it mean these passages are uninspired? What are the implications of this? How can one answer when someone like a Muslim uses these additions/variations to claim that since some uninspired passages made it to our Bibles then the Bible can't really be trusted and it isn't the word of God?