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Has radiometric dating always been accurate?

The quick answer is no.  As mentioned in the article about assumptions, when test results do not measure in accordance with the expected long ages, then the specimens are discarded and assumed to be contaminated.  A 200 year old lava rock from recently erupted volcano has been measured using the potassium-argon method.  The ages ranged from 1.6 million years to 2.96 billion years.  Moon rocks were measured with many different tests, and those results ranged from 2 million years to 28 billion years.   More information about assumptions and inaccurate dates can be found at this website.

One quote to remember: When the age of rocks are known, the radiometric dates are incorrect, but when the age of rocks are unknown, the radiometric dates are assumed to be correct.

Has the Bible been copied so many times that it has lost its true meaning?

Please refer to the article about prominent Bible translators.  When the English translators did their work, they used the best manuscripts available.  They always went back to the original source language, as opposed to just translating from one language to another and to another.  Now with technology, we can look at actual manuscripts on the Internet to see the original languages and translate from them.  Several Bible programs display the original text and languages, not to mention countless books and concordances. 

While there are many versions of the Bible today (NASB, HCSB, NIV, KJV, NKJV, etc.), they all teach basically the same thing.  There are very minor discrepancies between them.  For example, one sentence may say “The Lord Christ Jesus” while another says “Jesus Christ the Lord.”  It’s a matter of language syntax and the translator’s understanding of the text.  The translations are based on interpreting words with multiple meanings.  It is the reccomendation of RTG to purchase a parallel bible that shows four translations of the text. This will give you not only a better understanding and clarification of the text but also show you that different words can be used to portray the same meaning.  For more information about this topic, please see the following link: http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-translations.html

The below picture and link shows how words could become missing in later copies. 

Soucre: www.carm.org

 

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?

The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) were a collection of scrolls and scroll fragments found in a cave in Qumran (near the Dead Sea) in 1947.  There were about 1000 leather documents stored in pots inside the cave.  One of the most significant finds of the DSS was a complete scroll of the book of Isaiah, which was dated at the earliest to have been written in 125 B.C.  This is significant because Isaiah has many prophecies about the coming Messiah, his birth, and his death.  This proves that Isaiah accurately prophesied about Jesus before He came to Earth.  The following link shows pictures of the Isaiah scroll that was found (dss.collections.imj.org.il)

Prior to the discovery of these scrolls, the earliest copies in possession dated back to only 1,000 years.  The DSS were dated 1,000 years older than the previous copies, making them about 2,000 years old.  The contents of the scrolls were the same as those written on the previously found scrolls.  This shows that the Bible has been accurately copied and translated for many, many centuries.  What we have today is an accurately translated Bible. More information can be found at http://www.gotquestions.org/dead-sea-scrolls.html

Cave in Qumran where some of the scrolls were found
A piece of the Isaiah Scroll