Thomas said:Or how the Spirit can assume many different forms without losing its identity.
Another note - from the Second Century on the writings of the Fathers etc. make great use of scriptural reference. If one was to 'edit' scripture to the degree that conspiracy thinkers would have us believe, one would be obliged to edit not only all these references but all the conclusions and commentaries thereof - we are now into conspiracy on a gargantuan scale - made more difficult in that in many cases documents only come to light centuries after they were written.
generally speaking, i agree with you.
the problem herein is not that the text is less capable of spiritual transformations or the message is diluted, rather, the problem is with those that insist on taking the Bible literally.
it's my opinion that those folks are mistaken and, moreover, i feel that is easily demonstrated by the textual critiques that many scholars have done.