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

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Comment by Michael Penn on April 2, 2013 at 7:14am

   A common mistake is that Christians think the Bible is a historical document. It simply is not, and as such would not "hold up in court" as many claim. Next, we have the source of the 500 witnesses coming from Saul of Tarsus, the self proclaimed "greatest apostle of all" whom many at the time believed was the Antichrist. Why do I say this? The apostles themselves did not trust him, he changed things around, and nothing at all (except his words) backs up any of his bizarre claims. Read the accounts correctly and you see that he bragged and lied, was banned at several churches, and you start to see the strife in the early Christian communities of the time because of him. Yet today, many have fallen for this hook, line, and sinker. Why? Mostly because it's "gospel" and that ancient word meaning "good news" has today been wrongly interpreted to mean "truth" and is just as wrongly applied to the entire 66 books now called "the bible." Biblia Sacra is not so sacred if one would just read it with an open mind.

   Take the events of the baptism of Jesus, and if you believe what you read, many must have talked of it and written accounts of "who Jesus really was" after viewing this very public event.  One would think that the fame of having the "son of God" with us would have prevented his death on the cross. I'm not finding a single account.

   And now Easter has passed again and we deal with that "three days and three nights" in the grave and a second grader knows that the math doesn't add up here. While Christian apologists try to explain it away, I like to believe that he is risen! And now if he sees his shadow . . . . . . . . . .



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