If you haven't heard of it, you've really got to read this. Mark Roberts is working on his "blook" regarding the Reliability of the Gospels
I've already loved his first and second installments, such that I'm certain I'm going to buy the book when it comes out. He does a great job of communicating to the average reader what is significant in the realm of textual criticism.
Wait! Don't let your eyes glaze over at those words, go read the blog. You'll find yourself encouraged greatly I'm certain.
If the thought of textual variants makes your faith want to waver, just read the paragraph below and then go read the whole blog.
So, the fact "there are more variations among our manuscripts than there are words in the New Testament" isn't surprising. Nor it is bad news. It's a reflection of the wealth of the manuscript evidence we have available to us. The actual number of variants represents a tiny percentage of possible variants among the manuscripts.
Now go read about the Reliability of the Gospels .