In your view, was the historical Jesus of Nazareth physically resurrected from the dead three days after his death on the cross, as the Gospels describe? ~ Craig
Wow!! That’s an even tighter noose than “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?”
But in my view, it is indeed physically possible for the historical Jesus to have been physically resurrected from the dead and resume tangible bodily existence after three days in the grave. For a being of his spiritual attainment, such a feat is indeed possible, and parallels exist among very advanced beings in other sacred traditions—always for reasons of cosmic service, not for personal glory. I am not committing myself as to whether he actually did so: only that the possibility is completely realistic for me.
I am certain that on the imaginal plane he did indeed rise again from the dead and fill his astonished friends and beloveds with the unshakable assurance of his LIVING PRESENCE among them. He was as palpably energetically present to them as they were to one another; and his presence among them was confirmed by their power to act singularly and wholeheartedly out of this intimate assurance of his presence. I am not alone in this understanding. The noted theologian Walter Wink makes exactly the same case in a 2008 article in TIKKUN Magazine which I cite in my book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene.
If that’s not resurrection, I don’t know what is.