2 Peter 1:16-17" We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty."
we are sure the disciples were not following a lie, they were rightly guided, what we are not sure of is what these Greek authors wrote about the disciples in the NT, the Christian apologists would usually jump to say but the disciples said! Or the disciples did! using the stories written in the bible, our problem is not with the disciples but with what was said about the disciples, we see here an example of a Greek gentile Christian writing his letter (2Peter) claiming in its beginning that he is Peter (the major disciple of Jesus (PBUH) & claiming, of course, that he witnessed Jesus (PBUH) in his ministry& what he was preaching about Jesus (PBUH) was naturally the truth& nothing but the truth!
Now we know that the biblical scholars agree this letter which was written around the year 150CE (around 90 years after the death of Peter)& was not authored by Peter, so what this unknown author says about "cleverly invented story!!" is true in his case& if it is true in his case it can be very well true anywhere else in the NT stories about Jesus(PBUH)& his disciples, the biblical scholars unanimously agree this letter is falsely attributed to Peter(forged letter) which means the words are put on the lips of this disciple:
Peter, The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition 2008 " Second Peter, however, is almost universally recognized as pseudonymous[ falsely attributed ], and is dated by many scholars as late as AD 150."
2 Peter Introduction, New American Bible "Among modern scholars there is wide agreement that 2 Peter is a pseudonymous work, i.e., one written by a later author who attributed it to Peter according to a literary convention popular at the time."
This letter is plain forgery, the claim of this person, whoever he was who wrote this letter!, that he was an eye witness to the ministry of Jesus(PBUH) is not true and is indeed a big lie!
In this way stories were invented about the disciples, these Greek gentiles are not true continuation of the tradition of the disciples of Jesus(PBUH), they see no problem at all in innovating stories to serve their desirable believe regardless to what could be the truth, the disciples were Jewish Christians, they believed& preached that Jesus (PBUH) is a mortal human being only a messenger of God& they were inspired by their deep believe in the one true God& the truthfulness of their master Christ Jesus(PBUH)& his preaching about the Kingdome of God, they followed the law of God sincerely as Jesus(PBUH) entrusted them, that was the true movement of the original Christianity which continued among the faithful followers until it was taken over by the new gentile Christianity:
Jewish Christians, A Dictionary of the Bible 1997 "The first Christians were practising Jews…The common element that bound these early Christians together was their belief that the Messiah was Jesus and that the scriptures were fulfilled in him. There was a major crisis when Paul, the former Pharisee, engaged in large-scale evangelization of Gentiles. It was his conviction that Jesus was not just the Jewish Messiah, and Christianity was not a kind of reformed Judaism. Salvation was offered to all mankind by Jesus, crucified and risen, and the Jewish Law was not an obligation for converted Gentiles. . After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE, the future for the Church was in Paul's Gentile Christianity ... But from the beginning of the 2nd cent., survivors of Jewish Christianity were marginalized into the Ebionites and Nazoreans, whose works are quoted by Origen and Jerome."
Jewish Christians, New World Encyclopedia "Paul's innovations in his mission field—notably the doctrine of salvation by faith and the sufficiency of Christ's redemption by his death on the cross—led to tensions with some of the more conservative Jewish-Christians, so-called "Judaizers," who persuaded Gentile converts to also take up the full practice of Judaism."
The story of the disciples willing to die for the believe in dying& rising savior God for their salvation is myth created by Paul& his Greek gentile Christians followers imitating the dying-and-rising savior gods common to Greco-Roman cults.
By Sereihan Alshammari