Greek scholar Bill Mounce, author of The Basics of Biblical Greek (Zondervan, second edition 2003), discussed John 5:4 on his blog today. His discussion of that text included a basic explanation of what textual criticism is and why it is necessary.
Go over and check out his post, and let us know what you think. I agree with his concluding assessment:
But God in his sovereign love made sure that the differences among the manuscripts would not hinder our faith.
- About 5% of the Greek text is in question
- No major doctrine is brought into question by 5%.
You can trust your Bible!