|Jesus appears to the unbelieving disciples|
Think about this, Christian friends:
If you read the Gospels, specifically the Gospel of Luke (if we assume for the moment that the Gospels are historically accurate) none of the evidence given by Christian apologists today convinced the eleven apostles either…including a post-resurrection appearance!!
Get out your Bible and read it for yourself: The Eleven had been with Jesus for three years, they had seen incredible miracles INCLUDING raising people from the dead, they had just seen with their own eyes the empty tomb guarded by Roman guards 24/7, AND then, Jesus appears right in their midst…and do they believe? No! They are terrified because they think they are seeing a ghost (hallucinating).
Jesus then shows them his wounds, he tells them to touch him, he eats broiled fish, all to convince them that he is not a ghost. BUT, that isn’t enough! Jesus then has to use his supernatural powers to “open their minds” so that FINALLY, they see the truth.
Dear friends: If seeing a walking/talking/broiled fish eating corpse is not good enough evidence for the apostles to believe, and if first century Jews converting to a religion of shame by the thousands; a shameful religion that uses women as its first witnesses; and, these many Jewish Christians are people who would not die for a lie, but yet they are being executed right and left at the hands of Saul…and Saul doesn’t find the evidence convincing, why on earth should anyone living today, 2,000 years later, find your “cumulative” evidence convincing??
If the Bible accounts regarding the Eleven and Saul/Paul are true then that means that the pillars of the Christian Church required one of two events to occur in order to believe the same evidence you are asking me to believe:
1. A reanimated dead first century prophet/god must use his supernatural powers on me to open my brain.
2. I must have a “heavenly vision” in which I see and hear a talking bright light tell me it is a dead prophet/god and that I am going to be its missionary.
These are NOT rational beliefs, friends. You would never accept this kind of logic from any other religion.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
36 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NRSV-26018a" data-link="[a]”>[a] 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NRSV-26022b" data-link="[b]”>[b] 41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NRSV-26028c" data-link="[c]”>[c] is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NRSV-26030d" data-link="[d]”>[d] of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” —Luke 24:36-49