How can we objectively verify the claim that hundreds of people saw the resurrected Jesus?

Posted earlier, as an answer to one of my earlier questions:

"there were hundreds of people besides the desciples that physically saw Him before HE arose to the Father."

How can we objectively verify this claim?

Note: this specific claim.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Let's go with legal standards, which apologists are so quick to ivoke.

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    Christian apologists routinely invoke the eyewitness claims of the Bible while maintaining that the Bible is credible as a witness. Then they say that this makes the evidence for Christ strong enough to make a compelling case in court (Josh McDowell makes this claim, as do Lee Strobel and Norman Geisler).

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    The problem is that none of the witnesses are available. They never made their own statements. The author of the text was not an eyewitness, so he did not see it for himself. The only validation we have that said witnesses even exist is that someone else, decades later (we call that person Luke) wrote about it. He didn't see it himself. The supposed witnesses did not make their own statements, and we only have a passing mention of the eyewitnesses at all. This is not direct eyewitness evidence as apologists like to claim. This is called hearsay, and is inadmissible in any court as evidence.

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  • 4 years ago

    The claims are irrelevant until there is actual primary evidence that they exist in the first place. Since there is no documentation of these supposed "witnesses" until two generations later, and this information is passed on by a single writer with a vested interest in pushing tithes for an offshoot of Judaism, these "eyewitness accounts" can be considered either nonexistent or unlikely until primary evidence is found. Claiming that Paul's writings is evidence of these accounts is like claiming I can go into a court of law for a murder trial and testify that I KNOW that a hundred people saw the murder, but they're dead now and they didn't tell anyone about it. By Christian logic, that means we must convict the defendant for murder. @Lightning- Your sarcastic end note is rather funny considering there is no evidence that these witnesses exist. The Burden of Proof really doesn't mean much to you guys does it? Glad you're not a lawyer. EDIT- "Not objecting?" Paul was writing to those who were not familiar with the area or the religion. Besides, there is no evidence all those "witnesses" were alive at the time since it was forty years after the fact and life expectancies at the time were quite low. Nothing contemporary was ever written about Jesus. Unless new evidence from that time comes to light, this is the most damning aspect of the whole Jesus tale.

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  • 9 years ago

    No one can.

    The gospels were written many many decades later. It is the same as saying if you feed rice to doves/pidgeons, they will explode and die. Why do people believe that? Because some joker said that many many years ago on the internet and it just spread. After a long time, people hear about it and if they find it on google, well it must be true.

    same thing happened, a commoner like you back in the 1st and 2nd century heard about this guy called jesus and that hundreds of people say him after the crucifiction. he found gospels circulating at that time confirmed this fact. You then believe and accept that fact.

    Julius Caesar on the other hand is real because even his enemies wrote about him. The documents even details how he looks like and what is his personality. There is no historian who said he didn't exist.

    christians will also say: prove alexander the great existed.

    well, indian historical records mention him because he tried to conquer india. plus, there are cities named after him. even his name and image is on coins.

    there you go.

    Source(s): common sense
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  • 9 years ago

    Apparently Christians don't bother...or they don't understand what 'objective' means.

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  • 9 years ago

    There are some things you cannot objectively verify...

    ...like, you cannot objectively verify that reality didn't start five minutes ago with the impression of the past already in our minds, with partially digested food already in our stomachs, etc, etc.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    If you care to believe you take it on faith. It's unverifiable and unfalsifiable, the perfect con. God is Love, that's all anyone needs to know.

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  • 9 years ago

    You can't it happened 2000 years ago. You either accept the accounts or you call them all liars. Here is one for you. prove Julius Caesar lived.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It's just another example of liars lyin' for 'jesus'.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I suppose we may not have direct proof, but we know that the Bible is historically and scientifically correct, and that it has been telling the truth, you can see that it wouldn't lie about a detail like that. Also, the Disciples' died for Christ's cause, if they didn't see His raised body, they wouldn't have died for Him.

    Source(s): Christian
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  • ?
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    9 years ago

    History my friend history,

    The bible is one full third history,

    I think it was multa dozens not hundreds, I believe forty people seen him after he resurrected.

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