Matthew 28:17 says ’some doubted’, even after allegedly seeing the resurrected Jesus, and allegedly seeing all the proofs the resurrected Jesus supposedly gave.
NT Wright has no doubts about the resurrection and is living proof that if people really had seen a resurrected Jesus, they would not have had those doubts.
We just have to look at modern Christians like NT Wright, and know that these stories of doubting disciples must be false.
Wright writes ‘Equally, Matthew, like the others, describes a Jesus who comes and goes, appears and disappears, and is doubted at the very end by some of his close and obedient associates….’ (page 646, of the Resurrection of the Son of God)
What was there to doubt, when the risen Jesus had gone out of his way to prove his resurrection?
How can these stories possible be true, if some of his closest and most obedient associates doubted , even after Jesus did everything possible to convince them?
Would Christians burst out laughing if they read stories of the closest associates of Joseph Smith doubting that he had been given scripture to translate into English?
Would they think the whole story was rubbish, if not even the closest and most obedient associates of Joseph Smith were convinced by the alleged 'proofs' that Joseph Smith allegedly gave?
Why then has Wright no doubt , when even some of the closest and obedient followers of Jesus did not find the proofs given by Jesus convincing?
Why doesn’t Wright share the doubts of Jesus closest and most obedient associates?
Wright assures us that Matthew did not mean to imply that there were any splits or disunity. How Wright knows that is beyond me, but if you want to fill a 700-page book , you need an awful lot of speculation to fill up the pages.
Wright announces ‘We can be sure however that this strange comment would not have occured to anyone telling this story as pure fiction….’ (page 643)
Suffice it to say that Wright gives no sources, or methodology, or any way of testing his claim that we can be ’sure’ that it is not ‘pure’ fiction. (If not pure fiction, is it not at least partly fiction?)
How can we be sure? Wright never gives any arguments for his certainty, or any proofs of his ability to think himself into the mind of an anonymous person of 2,000 years ago and know for sure what would have occurred to that anonymous person and what would not have occurred to him.
It is remarkable that Wright thinks it is possible to doubt proofs supplied by the Son of God himself, but we are not allowed to doubt the words of a Bishop of Durham. The pronouncements of the Bishop of Durham can be taken as sureties, while the proofs that Jesus gave were not enough to dispell doubt.
But Wright's certainty is a proof that the stories are false of disciples who see the risen Jesus and then doubt.