From our colleagues at Stand To Reason comes this challenge:
Christians claim that God directly inspired the authors of the gospel books, even to the point of dictating each word, so as to make the text inerrant. But if God was so concerned about getting the historical record of Jesus’s ministry correct, why would he have allowed those original, and supposedly inerrant manuscripts to be lost for the generations of Christians to come? Why would he not have protected these documents to ensure there would be no ambiguity as to the ultimate truths he was trying to convey. The loss of the original manuscripts is entirely consistent with a human-inspired product, not one overseen by an unlimited deity.
Is this really the case? Could God have a reason for not wanting us to have the original manuscripts today?
Answer the challenge in the comments below and check back in on Friday to see Alan’s response.