If the Resurrected Corpse of Jesus Could Walk, Fly, and Teleport, Why Did It Only Appear to One Outsider?

Johan Ludwig Lund (1777-1867), “The Resurrection of Christ”

Only an ordinary explanation can easily explain why Jesus only appeared to die-hard believers, and then, much later, to only one of millions of outsiders across the entire planet. If God himself were really appearing to people, and really was on a compassionate mission to reform and save the world, there is hardly any credible reason he would appear to only one persecutor rather than to all of them. But if Paul’s experience was entirely natural and not at all divine, then we should expect such an event to be rare, possibly even unique—and, lo and behold, that appears to be the case.

Paul’s conversion thus supports the conclusion that Christianity originated from natural phenomena, and not from any encounter with a walking corpse. A walking corpse—indeed a flying corpse (Luke 24:51 and Acts 1:9–11) or a teleporting corpse (Luke 24:31–37 and John 20:19–26)—could have visited Pilate, Herod, the Sanhedrin, the masses of Jerusalem, the Roman legions, even the emperor and senate of Rome. He could even have flown to America (as the Mormons actually believe he did), and even China, preaching in all the temples and courts of Asia. In fact, being God, he could have appeared to everyone on earth. He could visit me right now. Or you! And yet, instead, besides his already fanatical followers, just one odd fellow ever saw him.

If Jesus was a god and really wanted to save the world, he would have appeared and delivered his Gospel personally to the whole world. He would not appear only to one small group of believers and one lone outsider, in one tiny place, just one time, two thousand years ago, and then give up.

Richard Carrier, atheist counter-apologist

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3 thoughts on “If the Resurrected Corpse of Jesus Could Walk, Fly, and Teleport, Why Did It Only Appear to One Outsider?

  1. re: “If Jesus was a god and really wanted to save the world, he would have appeared and delivered his Gospel personally to the whole world. ”

    My guess is that Carrier must buy into some kind of theology that says a person can’t be “saved” without actually seeing Jesus.

    Or, maybe Carrier thinks that if Jesus “appeared” to everyone in the world, then everyone would somehow just naturally understand “Oh, I’m saved now. And, I don’t even known what I’m saved from (because I’m Buddhist)”.

    Or, maybe he thinks that if Jesus appeared to everyone, announcing he was God in Human Form, that everybody would say “Oh, OK – so this is God, and not some kind of very dangerous and deceptive magician or a devil of some kind” (which might be popular views in more primitive societies).

    Or, maybe Carrier thinks that somehow – Jesus showing up, to everyone on earth – would therfore mean that the great-great-great grandchildren of that “original generation” were still going to be hanging on to “ancient myth” themselves, and that for all generations yet to come, it was forever going to be accepted as fact that Jesus did indeed show up to “everyone in the world”.

    I guess Carrier’s got some kind of insight that I don’t have, regarding the effects of a “resurrected Jesus showing up to the whole world”. I’d really need to pick his brain on this, because the view presented in this blog post really looks like something a “lightweight” would write. It doesn’t look – at all – like there had been any serious thought put to it.

    Maybe I’ll write the guy and get the inside scoop. Because what’s he’s written in that quote looks super presumptive on so incredibly many levels.

    Just really looks like the typical “skeptics shotgun approach”, though. Just throw out as many quasi-related statements and questions as possible – all which may, in fact be based on a singular, wrong presumption – and then act like you’ve made a real “case” for something. It’s a technique that might work with the non-thinking, or the un-initiated. But overall, it’s a pretty silly approach to take.

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  2. So, the resurrected Jesus goes to India, 1st century:

    Jesus: Hello, Renash. I’m Jesus, and I’m the resurrected Messiah.

    Renash: Nice to meet you. Ummm…. what’s a Messiah.

    Jesus: Well, that’s a long story. It means basically the “annointed one”.

    Renash: Annointed by who?

    Jesus: By God.

    Renash: Oh. Which one?

    Jesus: Well, there’s only one.

    Renash: Ummmm… no. There’s a bunch of them.

    Jesus: No, I’m serious. You guys got it all wrong.

    Renash: The heck you say. Everybody around here’s got their own god. Who the heck are you to say otherwise?

    Jesus: Well, like I mentioned, I’m the resurrected Messiah.

    Renash: OK. A resurrected “annointed one”. Whatever. But, what’s this “resurrection” business?

    Jesus: It means I rose from the dead, to live eternally.

    Renash: Oh. Well… nahhh. That doesn’t happen.

    Jesus: Oh, yes, it does! Really!

    Renash: No. When you die, you come back as somebody else. Or, maybe as something else. Heck, I’ll probably be coming back as a snail-darter or a turnip or something.

    Jesus: Well, you guys got all that wrong, too.

    Renash: Did we, now? And how the heck would you know this?

    Jesus: Because I’m the…

    Renash: …. resurrected Messiah. Right. I heard all that.

    Jesus: OK.. Look. Maybe we can start at the very beginning….

    Renash: There was no beginning. The universe has always existed.

    Jesus: Wow. This is gonna be tough…..

    Eventually, the villagers join in with Renash in accusing Jesus of being an evil god or a demon or a lunatic, and decide to burn him at the stake, but Jesus makes a hasty get-away, and heads for a spot where he thinks might be easier: among the 1st-century cannibalistic tribes of the Amazon.

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