I thought I would add this blog since Easter has just passed.
"After that, he [Jesus] was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present [time], but some are fallen asleep (have died)". 1 Corinthians 15:6.
Many times I've heard Christians refer to this passage as firsthand, historical proof, of the alleged resurrection of Jesus. And that is how Christians view this verse. They accept it as true. But I always ask those Christians who refer to 1 Corinthians 15:6, Where in the New Testament do any of these alleged five hundred first person eyewitnesses identify themselves and provide firsthand written accounts of their alleged sighting ?
Quite simply, none are found anywhere in the New Testament. In fact there are no contemporary writings anywhere from Palestine or Rome of these alleged firsthand eyewitnesses from the days in which Jesus lived. Plain and simply this claim of Paul's is at best second-or-third hand hearsay.
Christians commonly claim that the testimony of the New Testament will hold up in any court of law. The fact is, however, that hearsay testimony is not generally admissible in a court trial. In fact, judges, lawyers, and police forensic specialists have learned just how notoriously unreliable even firsthand eyewitness testimony can be. That's a big reason for the need of forensics experts.
Even had the Gospels been written by the men whose names they bear, they were not written until decades after the purported events, and scientific psychological studies have demonstrated that the memory of an eyewitness begins to fade, warp, and distort even in as little as fifteen minutes after the witnessed event.
No, the purported miraculous events in the life of Jesus, would not stand up under real, laser beam-like scrutiny