It’s one of a half-dozen or so theories critics of the resurrection of Jesus Christ have propounded over the years in their effort to explain away the central claim of Christianity, that Jesus was crucified dead, buried and on the third day rose again and appeared to hundreds of people before returning to Heaven.
How important is the Resurrection to the credibility of Christianity? Without the Resurrection of Jesus, Christianity is based on a lie, a myth or deception.
As Paul told the Corinthians, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace, the former Los Angeles Police Detective who became famous for solving unsolvable murder cases, addresses the claim that the person seen after the alleged Resurrection was an imposter: