The resurrection is often packaged around cute little bunnies and plastic Easter eggs full of candy.
But resurrection isn’t soft and cuddly. Resurrection is dangerous. It is risky. It is not safe.
Resurrection is dangerous because it transforms how we relate to our fellow human beings, specifically to our enemies. And it transforms our understanding of the divine.
Throughout human history we have been caught up in cycles of violence – and we thought the gods were caught up in the same cycles of violence.
For example, the resurrection of Jesus is often compared to myths of resurrected gods throughout the ancient world. One such myth is about an Egyptian god named Horus and his father Osirus. Horus is portrayed as a good god that fought against the forces of evil, namely, an evil god named Set, who killed Horus’s father, a god named Osirus. Fortunately, Horus and his mother were able to resurrect Osirus. But the question remained, what should they to do about Set?
The resurrected Osirus asked Horus a question, “What is the most glorious deed a man can perform?”
Horus answered, “To take revenge upon one who has injured his father or mother.”
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