I do claim the rational way to substantiate supernatural intervention is by the process of eliminating natural explanations. You can read about this approach in the link “Rational Methodology for Identifying Supernatural Intervention” found at my webpage https://sites.google.com/site/s2hinrichs/home.
Also, I do claim that based on this rational approach there is some supernatural evidence for Jesus as the Messiah. You can read about this evidence in the link “Daniel’s Messiah in the Critics Den” also found at my webpage. Granted the strength of this evidence does not meet the high “compelling standard”, but still the strength is significant. I have studied and read through many sacred religious text and this evidence in terms of a single item is the strongest I have found in any sacred religious text.
Ok, here is one possible, natural explanation for the early Christian resurrection belief. I would like you to tell us if you think it can be “eliminated” as impossible:
–Jesus was buried in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb.
–Saturday evening, after sundown, someone secretly moved the body of Jesus to an unknown location for reasons unknown.
–Sunday morning, women come to the tomb and find it empty.
–They run and tell the disciples, some of whom come and inspect the empty tomb.
–The disciples at first believe that someone has taken the body.
–Simon Peter is very distraught after the death of Jesus. He had promised to defend Jesus, but in the end, he denied knowing him. Peter has eaten little and had little sleep. Due to his lack of sleep, his lack of nutrition, and his deep depression, Peter experiences a hallucination in which Jesus appears to him; forgives him for his disloyalty; but then asks Peter to dedicate the remainder of his life to preaching the Gospel, even if it costs him his life. Peter remembers this experience as a real event. (Medical experts tell us that persons who experience hallucinations remember them as real events.)
–Peter is dramatically changed.
–Peter convinces his fellow disciples that he has seen the resurrected Jesus.
–Other disciples begin “seeing” Jesus, most of these “appearances” or illusions and false sightings. Possibly a couple of the other disciples had their own hallucinations. These appearances are recorded in the Early Creed.
–the Resurrection belief is born.
Several decades latter, four anonymous authors write four Greco-Roman biographies about Jesus which later come to be called “the Gospels”. True to the literary genre, the detailed appearances stories in these Gospels are literary embellishments of the bare bones accounts in the Early Creed. Jesus never did talk, walk, or eat broiled fish in any of the original (alleged) appearances.