Dear Readers, I think it is obvious to any rational, educated person who is willing to look at the evidence:
1. There are alternative, plausible, naturalistic explanations for the empty tomb.
2. There are alternative, plausible, naturalistic explanations for why individuals and even groups of people will claim to have seen something that in reality was not there.
3. There are alternative, plausible, naturalistic explanations for why a small minority of people in a group would believe a new, unheard of, even shameful belief.
4. There are alternative, plausible, naturalistic explanations for why one very religious man would claim to have seen a dead person and subsequently convert to that dead person’s new religion that he had previously despised and persecuted.
5. There are alternative, plausible, possible exceptions to almost every generalization.
Skeptics cannot disprove that the Judeo-Christian God literally brought the dead body of Jesus back from the dead. But neither can we disprove the majority of supernatural claims of other supernatural based belief systems. But the fact that there ARE alternative, plausible, naturalistic, possible explanations for every piece of evidence related to the early Christian belief in a Resurrection should give every intelligent, educated, rational person pause. In all other areas of your life a miracle/magical cause is the last explanation that you would assume explains any odd event.
—If your keys are missing, do you assume a demon took them?
—If there is a gash on your car, do you assume that a gremlin did it?
—If your paycheck comes back short, do you assume that the Devil did it?
—If you see an empty grave today, do you assume that the body left in a supernatural manner?
—If someone tells you that their dead friend or family member appeared to them in bright, shiny garments, and was able to enter a locked room without using the door, do you believe them??
So when you hear an ancient story about a man whose grave was found empty and allegations that his friends, family, and ONE stranger saw this dead man appear to them, why would you jump to the miracle/magical explanation before assuming that one of the many alternative, plausible, naturalistic explanations is most likely the true explanation?
Think about that. What conservative/traditional Christians are asking you to believe is not rational thinking.