To people who haven’t read my posts before, know that I am in fact Catholic, I just like to play devil’s advocate. 1 Corinthians 15:6 says, “After that, (Jesus) appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.” I have heard apologists use this verse as proof that the resurrected Jesus was seen by eyewitnesses. They will say that Paul wouldn’t say something like this if he was lying about Jesus, because someone reading this letter could just go to Jerusalem and ask people if they had, in fact, seen Jesus.
I have a few objections to this argument. First of all, how would Paul know for sure that all these people were still alive? It would be nothing more than hearsay. Plus, does he know for sure that all these people are still in Jerusalem? My biggest objection is this: If someone went to Jerusalem and found a lot of people who witnessed Jesus, than great. However, It seems that if someone interviewed everybody in Jerusalem and everybody contradicted Paul’s claims, then Paul could just say that the people were scared to admit that they had seen the risen Christ. Finally, why didn’t St. Paul include names of some of these witnesses, if he knew them well enough to report that some of them were alive still? Couldn’t one claim that Paul was sending the reader on a wild goose chase?