1. Suppose Jesus appeared to Pilate. Suppose we had an ostensible firsthand account of his appearance to Pilate.
How would infidels respond? Their first resort would be to deny the authenticity of the account. It must be a 2C forgery, or something like that.
And they know it couldn’t be authentic since dead men don’t return from the grave. So you have a circular denial.
2. But suppose the account was authenticated. How would infidels respond?
i) Their next resort would be to ask rhetorically, What’s more likely: that Jesus really did appear to Pilate, or that Pilate lied, or hallucinated, or we have a case of mistaken identity, &c.?
ii) They’d add that ancient witnesses can’t be trusted. They’re so superstitious, you know. So that feeds into their confirmation bias. They see what they expect to see. Things that go bump in the night.
3. Suppose Jesus appeared on national TV. How would the infidel respond?
He might says: What’s more likely: that dead men return from the grave, or that his television appearance was a computer-animated illusion?
4. Suppose Jesus made a personal appearance to the infidel? How would he respond?
i) He might say, How do I know it’s Jesus? What does Jesus look like, anyway? And it’s not like I can do a DNA match.
ii) Or he might say, What’s more likely: that dead men return from the grave, or that I had a hypnagogic hallucination?
iii) Or he might say, Even a space alien impersonating Jesus is more likely than Jesus appearing to me. At least space aliens, if they exist, are naturally possible. And any naturalistic explanation, however unlikely, is more likely than any supernaturalistic explanation like a miracle (i.e. the Resurrection).