Some religions forbid changing the way a text is written down using the rationale that change of text changes meaning over time.
Here is a small example of how the words change over time even in our own language.
If the words don't change, people won't understand, any more then they did when the Cafflix insisted everything had to be in Latin.
I guess certain religious authorities would prefer everyone to believe that they had special knowledge, which is getting towards the ol' gnostic thing, innit?
I'll only comment on Christianity as that is my area of purvey. There are many, and varied translations of the Bible which did not really become cohesive as a text until about the 3rd century. To ensure that the original meaning of the text is conveyed, of course it must be re-translated into modern parlance. Where there is doubt over the meaning of a particular passage, a study of the original text is necessary. In my arsenal of works I favour the King Jimmy, but also use the Amplified, Yankee Standard Perversion, NIV, And a Strong's Concordance, along with many and varied reference works, the best (IMO) is a Dakes Reference Bible.
How, then would you describe it, Scholar. Until the second council of Trullan (692) There was no real canon of the New Testament. Until then there were collections in circulation of the various letters that eventually made up the New Testament Canon. Wiki:
This one will roll on and on but as Leigh says it was the "church" that decided what was to be "officially" in the bible. The problem with many
ancient writings (apart from the allegory) issue is that they were set in a social context and society has changed so much that literal translations
can be confusing in the modern age.
Revelations 22:18-19 also promise a plaque unto you if you go about changing the "word". :-)
The Buddhist tradition have a concept of Sasana which is the lifetime of the teachings of a teaching buddha and warn the further you go forward from the death of the teacher the father you can go form the truth.
So with no Jesus around to correct the corruption of Christianity wrought by both time and the "church" bending it to suit their own purposes it becomes increasingly impure ;-)