Mohd Amin Yaacob
10.4 Different Version Of The “One Bible Claim”
Even though the Christians claim that there exists only “One Bible” , they actually have different version of the supposedly “One Bible”. For example, The Roman Catholic Church version of the Bible differs from the Protestant Bible version. Burton L. Mack in his “Who Wrote The New Testament: The Making of the Christian Myth” admits this by saying:
“As everyone knows…even among the main traditions of Christianity, the books included in the various Bible do not agree. A major difference is found between the Protestant Bible, which excludes a number of books from the Old Testament, the so-called Apocrypha, and the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Bibles, which include these and, in response to the Protestants, call them ‘deuterocanonical’ (a “second” canonical corpus). The story of the formation of the Christian Bible cannot be told without explaining the differences among Protestant, Catholic and Hebrew Bible, or without reference to the Jewish scriptures that Christians came to call the Old Testament…”
Al-Ustaz Ahmeed Deedat, in his debate “Is The Bible God’s Word”:
“Holding the Douay, Roman Catholic Version of the Bible aloft in my hand, I ask, Do you accept this Bible as the Word of God? For reason best known to themselves, the Catholic Truth Society have published their version of the Bible in a very short, stumpy form. This version is a very odd proportion of the numerous versions in the market today.
The Christian questioner is taken aback. “What Bible is that?” He asks.
“Why, I thought you said that there was only one Bible!” I (Ahmeed Deedat) remind him.
“Y-e-s,” he murmurs hesitantly, “but what version is that?”
“Why, would that make any difference?” I (Ahmeed Deedat) inquire. Of course it does (make a difference), and the professional preacher knows that it does. He is only bluffing with his ‘One Bible’ claim.”
The Roman Catholic Bible was published at Rheims in 1582, from St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate and reproduced at Douay in 1609. As such the RCV (Roman Catholic Version) is the oldest Version that one can still buy today. Burton L. Mack put it thus:
“At any rate, the Latin translation he [Jerome] produced became the standard Bible for the Roman Church and Western culture until the Protestant reformation in the sixteenth century. It is still available in Roman Catholic circles as the Vulgate, or “popular” (language) Bible, and as the Douay version, a translation of the Vulgate into English made in the sixteenth century…”
According to Ustaz Ahmeed Deedat, Despite its antiquity, the whole of the Protestant world, condemn the Roman Catholic Version because it contains seven extra “books” which they contemptuously refer to as the “Apocrypha” i.e. of doubtful authority. Notwithstanding the dire warning contained in the Bible itself who warn those who like to tamper the Holy Scriptures with their hands:
“If anyone adds to these things (or delete), God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19, GI)
The Protestants have bravely expunged seven whole books of the Old Testament from their Book of God! The outcasts are: The Book of Judith, The Book of Tobias, The Book of Baruch, The Book of Esther etc held sacred by the Roman Catholic Church. Protestant denominations such as the Presbyterians and the Calvinists in general, especially since the Westminster Synod of 1648, have been the most uncompromising enemies of any recognition of these books.
 Who Wrote The New Testament?, 4
 Is The Bible God’s Word? (Classics Art Series of Publications No. 350), 1996, 8-9
 One of the Church Fathers and Doctor of the Church
 Is The Bible God’s Word?, 9
 Who Wrote The New Testament?, 290
 Is The Bible God’s Word?, 9
 The Catholic Herald, August 8, 1999, 10