What's the meaning of:

It has been written in bible

To me, it sounds like "It was once written but it doesn't exist there anymore."

It should've been

It is written in bible

because written is a state of being verb, like drunk, etc.

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    Possible duplicate of Meaning of "It is written"
    – nmar
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 7:58
  • 'It has been written' does not implies that it is not there anymore. It means that the process of writing something took place (and got completed) in the past. It may very much be still there.
    – satnam
    Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 8:44
  • I don't think the answers on the suggested duplicate actually answer this question. Neither of the current answers for that question address the difference between "it has been written" and "it is written".
    – ColleenV
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 10:02

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There are several errors in your line of thinking:

1) written is not really a state of being like drunk. We expect drunk people to sober up, but we don't expect written words to disappear.

2) to convey, "It was once written but it doesn't exist there anymore," I would say:

It had been written in the Bible (not has been written)

3) This isn't a matter of one version is right and one version is wrong; both versions could be considered grammatically correct (although I would agree with you that, if the guidance can be found in the Bible, is is probably a better way to say it than has been).

4) We would typically use an article in this context:

It is written in the Bible...
It is written in a book by Tolstoy...

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