I've been reading on some of the Apocrypha lately and a question arose. Why would people make forgeries of such important texts? I understand that the writers were trying to gain followers to their own theological views, but didn't they feel any remorse on creating false texts? If someone would spend so much time on forging a fake "Gospel according to X" or a fake "Acts", or the "Epistle of Pilate to Tiberius" (which is the one forgery that made this question to arise in my mind) then this person would take his faith seriously enough as to justify such an effort. But then again, how come this author doesn't worry about falsifying what Jesus really said, or what his contemporaries thought about Jesus?

I'm really puzzled about this. Thanks to all of you for your replies and God bless you.

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    Didn't the Jewish High Priests tell the Romans to falsify reports that Jesus' body was stolen by the disciples, despite the soldiers telling them that Jesus resurrected. It was in the name of their faith, but really they were influenced by Satan. – Beestocks Apr 9 '19 at 13:41
  • That's true, but still, one thing is to try and accuse a rival religion of lying, even if you know they are not, and another one to lie about your own religion. – La Oveja Descarriada Apr 9 '19 at 17:24
  • The gnostics and apocrypha almost all come from mystical traditions. It's quite within their purview to claim validity the same way the other books claim validity: A higher authority told them so. Whether they believe that or not is a bit like Lewis' "lord, liar, or lunatic" trichotomy, which has it's own issues, but it really not actually helpful in understanding a long dead person's motivations. What might be more interesting to ask is what affects individual non-canon books had. If those affects indicate shifts in power or money, exploring that may be very illuminating. – 3961 Apr 22 '19 at 22:35

In the protestant reformation these books were regarded as unreliable hence the term "apocryphal" meaning unreliable, and were eventually left of bibles altogether, which is why even today the King James is usually printed without them. The main reason for forging these books is to alter history so the prophecies of Daniel no longer point to Jesus Christ as Messiah the Prince.

Which is why even today the scribes say that the temple in Jesus' time was Herod's temple and not the second temple whose building is described in Ezra.

This altering of times and laws (dates, history, scripture) is prophesied in Daniel.

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