I do not come to the same conclusion as you. When you say that “we must come to the conclusion that Paul had a fantastical experience in his mind,” by “we” you mean whom?
Your conclusion is seriously flawed: Is Paul also having a “fantastical experience in his mind” when he says that the resurrected Jesus appeared to Peter, the 12 apostles, to more than 500 brethren, to James? This is found in an undisputed epistle written by Paul: 1 Corinthians. Was all this in his mind?
When you say “vision” you believe that is in Paul’s mind, but that is not what the Greek word means. It is not a figment of Paul’s imagination. Paul literally saw light; it was not in his mind as you believe. To say that this is not Paul’s reality, is your opinion, because simply put that is the reality of Paul’s experience! Is this a miracle? Of course it is!
By the way, Jesus is in glorified state meaning that Jesus is spirit and does not have a body. Jesus resurrected bodily and His body was glorified — transformed from matter to spirit and is not restricted by anything. However, Jesus does have the ability to appear (manifest) Himself to anyone (as He did with Paul and others) in time and space.
Peter also made it clear that Jesus died and was made alive in spirit. 1 Peter 3:18
In First Corinthians 15, Paul specifically states that he received this information from an unnamed source. We have no idea who this source was. Therefore, without more information, we must conclude that this is simply “hearsay”. Hearsay may be factual but it also may be rumor, legend, or a lie.
“When you say “vision” you believe that is in Paul’s mind, but that is not what the Greek word means. It is not a figment of Paul’s imagination. Paul literally saw light; it was not in his mind as you believe.”
Actually, even Christian scholar NT Wright admits that the word used in that passage can mean an internal sighting in the mind, so that issue is disputed. However, even if Paul did literally see a bright light, that is not a (resurrected) body. The fact remains that Christians have ZERO undisputed eyewitness testimony of anyone claiming to have seen a walking, talking, resurrected body.
“By the way, Jesus is in glorified state meaning that Jesus is spirit and does not have a body.”
There you go. No one saw a body, they saw a spirit. Another word for spirit is: a ghost. The Christian appearance stories are simply ghost stories. Ghosts are not real, Rachel.
Regarding Peter, very few scholars believe that the Epistle of First Peter was written by the apostle Peter.
Check out this article: The Science of Ghosts.
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