"The fact that there are so many versions proves that the Bible has mistakes. Which one is right?"
True, there are many different versions of the Bible. There are versions in Chinese for the Chinese. There are versions in Russian for the Russian people. There are actually thousands of versions of the Bibleósome are in modern languages, some in foreign languages, and some are in old English. Few, in the printing age, can claim that they donít have access to the Scriptures in their own language. However, each translation is based on the original biblical texts.
This is not to say that all versions are equal. The merit of a version of the Bible is not in the version itself, but in the God-inspired words of the Bible. Just like any normal linguistic translator should as accurately as possible take what was said in one language and say it in another, so a translation of the Bible should be as true to the meaning of the original words as possible.
Simply because a translator can't translate a word into another language does not necessarily mean that the man who said it messed up. It just means that there is some gap between the two languages. For example, the one (incredibly broad) English word "love" has at least three counterparts in Greek.
Good Messengers Ministries of Northwest Indiana (www.gotourtract.com) seeks to provide Biblically based answers to the many questions that we receive from honest seekers of truth. We provide Bible verses that relate to all questions. Those that are not directly addressed in the Bible, are answered according to the principles in the Word of God that relate to that subject. Many of the Question & Answers comes from the Evidence Bible (www.livingwaters.com) The real teacher is the Holy Spirit so we trust Him to help you understand His Word as we point you to the Bible for the answers to your questions. If your question is not listed or you need a more detailed answer, please contact us.