Those usually charged with this shameful crime of changing the Bible are Jews and Christians. Could this have been possible?
The Jews are well known for their zeal in preserving their sacred Scriptures. They know the exact number of words and letters it contains. Those scribes responsible for the copying of the ancient Hebrew text showed amazing reverence and deep respect for the Scriptures. If they made even a small mistake whilst copying, that whole section was disposed of. When they came to the name of God in the text, they would go and wash themselves before continuing. Such is their respect for their Holy Book.
We must also ask the question, "Why would the Jews wish to change the text of Scripture so that Jesus the Son of Mary is continually revealed as God's Messiah - an idea to which they became totally opposed?" That would make no sense whatsoever.
Well what about the Christians? Once again there is no evidence. The documents of the New Testament were written by Christ's Apostles or close companions of the Apostles. They were moved by God's Spirit to record Holy Scripture. They were eyewitnesses of the events of which they wrote. They watched Christ and knew him intimately. They loved him and were willing to die for what they heard Christ say and saw him do. Their writings come to us in an unbroken line of testimony. Their books from the very first have always been regarded as reliable Holy Scripture coming from God Himself.
Within a very short time Christianity and hundreds of copies of the Bible had spread over a wide area. There were translations of the Christian Scriptures into several languages distributed very early on. Because there were so many copies, written in different languages, in so many places, in the possession of so many people, it would have been impossible to arrange or even agree to any change being made. History records no council or gathering where supposed changes were agreed upon. In fact, when groups tried to alter the Scriptures, they were exposed and condemned as heretics.
Christians had and still do have a deep respect and love for Holy Scripture. This is shown in the way they have preserved all the manuscripts. Christians have not destroyed or discarded any.
Every crime has its motive. What could possibly be the motive for the "People of the Book" changing their own Scripture? Consider these passages from the Old and New Testaments:
"Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I give you." (Deuteronomy 4:2)
"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!" (Galatians 1:8)
“If anybody adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anybody takes words away from this book of prophecy God will take away his share in the tree of life and the holy city”. Rev 22:18-19)
Would corrupting their own books be more preferable...