Our orientation has to flow out of, and be in sync with, the wholeness of our being in space and time. What is wholly us about us? Hold that thought. The phrase "raised from the dead" has to be understood metaphorically, symbolically, spiritually, psychologically-- not actually, physically, literally. We can be "raised from the dead" and "restored to life" in a number of ways that have nothing to do with being 98.6 and breathing. The complete and utter failure of Biblical theology to take this into account and build a framework around it in structuring "the story of salvation" as it relates to Jesus of Nazareth is the greatest failure of hermeneutics and creative imagination in the entire history of religion. Not that it wasn't attempted. There have been a number of movements in this direction through the ages, all of which were violently opposed by the forces favoring a united voice speaking as one church to all people. And we are more fractured, hostile and antagonistic religiously than we could have ever been taking a "wholistic but not universally united" approach to "salvation." With that, we are back where we came in: What is wholly us about us? Being "raised from the dead" and "restored to life" is being reunited with what is wholly us about us. It is "turning the light around" and being integrated, consolidated, joined together with ourselves-- with our Original, Innate, Nature-- with who we are and always have been! This is the journey from The Primary Mask back to The Antithetical Mask that Joseph Campbell offered as the task of maturation, the work of growing up. It is an experience with death and resurrection, with repentance, confession, redemption and atonement-- only it is not "coming to Jesus" but coming to ourselves! “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the first time" (T.S. Eliot). What is wholly us about us? Go there! Be that!
Everything comes right out of our imagination. We make it all up. We are the reason things are what they are. Revelation is realization. We realize what we realize by making connections in our imagination. Waking up is becoming aware of unconscious arcs of association between/among previously unlinked ideas/experiences. And fire leaps into being, and the wheel rolls into view, and the iron age is born and here we are, sitting in the cat bird's seat, smiling like a pig in a corn patch, enjoying the benefits of a 1,400 CC brain. And cursed by all of the deficits. Superstition. Racism. All of the isms. All of the gods. All of the false dichotomies, and the false equivalencies, and the false assumptions inferences, conclusions, prejudices, biases... The list is long. Right out of our imagination. And so the need to think about our thinking, to see our seeing, to know what we know and what we do not know. So that we might avoid falling into holes we've dug for ourselves, and living in corners we've painted ourselves into, and making messes that cannot be cleaned up while we can.