What is a Forgery?
A copy? A falsehood?
Well, it is counterfeit for sure, and quite honestly, it is a falsification and a fabrication.
It is a fake.
And what do folks falsify, fake, fabricate, copy, and counterfeit? If it is all pretend anyhow, what is the problem with a good forgery?
Well, that is unless you never admit to the forgery.
And in that case, it is a real crime, a crying shame, a travesty, and a downright embarrassment too.
I mean, authentically, (well that is an ironic statement), but indeed, the whole situation is the epitome of a loquacious rambling. A bit lumpish, don’t you think?
So, back to forgery.
The dictionary defines the act of forgery as “the action of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art.”
That said, here are some of the more common forgeries that come to mind.
- Literary Forgeries
- False Documents
- Forged Signatures
- Checks that are Fraudulent or Forged
- And then there are paintings, photography, and the like. Works of Art.
And there are four main categories of forgery. They are traced, simulated, freehand, and lifted.
Tracing: When tracing, overlays can be used, or light board tracing is preferred. And there are many additional ways to accomplish this technique.
Simulation: This is where the forger takes the original piece and tries to copy it identically.
FreeHand: Freehand is where the work is written by hand, and every attempt is made to copy that very handwriting and the entire document by hand.
Lifted: Lifted forgery is where a person will use sticky tape to lift the signature off one document onto another.
Works of Art
For a moment, let me draw your attention back to number 5 in the list of commonly forged items. And that would be “works of art.” Clearly, this is the most sensationalized form, appearing in movies and crime TV shows as a wheeling and dealing business of hustle and prowess.
In Isaiah 64:8 (ESV), we see the Bible says, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
Therefore, we are His Works of Art; let us never forge copies of one another. Let us never take for granted the unique, fearful, and wonderful way the Lord has made us all.
Celebrate you and be unique; not a forged copy of what you want to be.
You are a wonderful work of art.