ratus rebus wrote: If these copyists were of evil intent, why didn't they spend these 1,000 years burning the few old and changing the new Bible texts to match the Church's doctrines on Mary, prayer to the saints, etc?
Oh c'mon thats an old trick. The answer... Because Satan is not that daft, he is far too subtle and insidious to be so obvious.
But you knew that didn't you.
Remember how he tricked Eve - 'Did God really say that?' (Gen 3)
If Satan had just changed the Word of God into the Roman Catholic bible 1000 years ago then sin wouldn't be sin today!! Would it? Idolatry would be legal, maryolatry would be valid, the blasphemous mass would be acceptable, even those rediculous relics would be 'bona fide'