Why was the Resurrected Christ only seen by believers? Doesn’t that make it suspect, because they were biased? Why aren’t there reports from unbelievers? These are questions often posed by the skeptic. Do we have a good answer for them?
What they are really asking for is eyewitness reports from people without any particular vested interest in what they claim to have seen. They believe that this is the only kind of witness that would be unbiased and trustworthy. But this reasoning is flawed on several counts:
Besides these logical fallacies, there are the following facts and observations:
We actually have two of the types of witnesses the skeptics are looking for, namely Paul and James:
So we can be thankful that those who passed this message down to us were not indifferent, dispassionate observers, but devout believers who were willing to die rather than deny what they had seen and heard.
(1) Habermas and Licona, The Case for The Resurrection of Jesus, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 2004, pp. 124-126.
(2) For an extended scholarly discussion on the conversion of Paul, see Michael Licona, The Resurrection of Jesus, A New Historiographical Approach, Intervarsity Press, Downer’s Grove, IL, 2010, pp. 373-440.
(3) Reginald H. Fuller, The Formation of the Resurrection Narratives (New York:Macmillan, 1971), p.37