Resurrection. What does it mean? In Christianity it means rising from the dead, an event unique to Jesus, or so it is said.

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According to the gospels, Jesus rose bodily from the dead. The gospels also report that He appeared to His followers afterwards, reinforcing the notion of bodily arising. In other words, in the gospels, the body that appeared outside the tomb on the first Easter Sunday was the same body that was entombed on the first Good Friday. The Greek word the gospel writers used for resurrection is “egerthe.” It means “to arise, to awaken.” You “egerthed” when you awoke this morning and went from horizontal in the bed to vertical on the floor.

Sorting through first century biblical symbolism, the gospels also report that an explosion of sorts took place within the tomb sometime between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. It produced a flash of light and an energy release strong enough to dislodge the entry stone. Bodily arising and explosion in the tomb are mutually exclusive events. Which one should we believe?

Scientific research on The Shroud of Turin, Jesus’s burial cloth, indicates He did not bodily arise. His body dematerialized into its atomic elements, thus connecting with the gospel accounts of explosion. That is to say, the body that appeared on Sunday was not the same as the one that was entombed on Friday. The Sunday body was a re-materialized body. History contains many reports of human bodies re-materializing into the material world. Most involve Jesus’s mother, Mary.

Furthermore, nowadays reports are coming in of the bodies of simple minded people in the Buddhist culture likewise dematerializing at death. The phenomenon is called Rainbow Body. The notion of a real, human body, vanishing into nothingness is consistent with the nature of the atom, of which everything, including the human body, is made.

All of this speaks to the creative power of the human mind. By overlooking this aspect of Jesus’s achievement, the gospel writers, through ignorance, and their modern successors, through neglect, deny human consciousness’ active participation in reality. This is indeed unfortunate, even tragic, for it significantly impairs the understanding of what it means to be human and the afterlife, including reincarnation, the ultimate exercise of the creative mind.