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I suppose that I have to ask, "If Lazarus were dead, how did he know what was happening around him at the time between his death and his own resurrection?"
This is not a problem at all. It is answered by the next words.
Jesus wept, and the jews said "he loved him so much".
The author is emphasising how important Lazarus is to Jesus. Lazarus is the disciple who Jesus loved. Now turn to the end of John. "It is this disciple who attests what has been written here. In fact he wrote it."
The author is talking about himself and wants to say how important he is. In other words Lazarus/John has written a fake eyewitness account of Jesus to impress other Christians. He told them exactly what they wanted to hear. He was also a deluded megalomaniac who put himself at the centre of the story.
You might wonder how Lazarus got away with this. An analysis of the place names in John shows that he did come from the area of Jerusalem before it was destroyed and he seems to have heard a few stories about Jesus. By the time he wrote John he was a refugee and an old man so no one could refute him. What better way to establish yourself in a new area than to tell gullible christians that you were a disciple of Jesus and tell them exactly what they want to hear.