I believe that the disciples of Jesus, James and Paul (skeptics) absolutely saw visions of the resurrected Christ. Something must have happened to be able to convince the last two. I also see coherent evidence that Jesus performed miracles in his lifetime. But I wonder, does it have to be from God?
The Old Testament is clear that a realm of spirits hostile to God exists.
When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they took wives for themselves of all that they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My spirit shall not abide[a] in mortals forever, for they are flesh; their days shall be one hundred twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.
5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.
For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgements: I am the LORD.
On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth.
27 Then he took his firstborn son who was to succeed him, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. And great wrath came upon Israel, so they withdrew from him and returned to their own land. (Interesting verse, apparently the other gods do have the power to perform miracles)
So I ask, why couldn’t one or more of these beings be responsible for the miracles and visions of Jesus?