Joseph's experiences seem to parallel those he "translated" in the Book of Mormon, perhaps indicating a deeper spiritual-mystical allegory and myth.
Consciousness may be the "inner" experiential (spiritual) side of the "outer" material (physical) cosmos, these being two irreducible aspects of One thing.
We know that these two are equivalent, and actually make up what we are. Could this have something to do with the One?
Is the body an essential part of our true Self? Or is it like a temporary temple for the Divine to live?
A "First Vision" experience of a woman on the occasion of her father's death.
God does not have to be at odds with what we learn from science. We need to reinterpret our ideas of God from direct mystical experience, and I think we'll find our science and spirituality are One.
A few short thoughts about my contemplative practice, and what it does for me, in me, revealing Spirit.
At times these seem to be at odds, but at the deepest level they may be One.
And, what many may not know, there were many "Christs" who came prior to Jesus, and who were not Jesus, nor do I think they were prefiguring or foreshadowing Jesus. They were the "Christs" in their own right, who came in their own time, who developed what it meant to be a "Christ" or "Messiah" in ancient Israel long before the word was ever applied to Jesus. I think it may be helpful to become acquainted with these "Christs/Messiahs" to better understand who Jesus was.
I think that Christianity may have conflated Jesus's mystical experience of an ego death, perhaps at the time of his baptism when the "heavens opened," in which his individual psychological self "died" and he was was "reborn" of Spirit, or "raised up" (resurrected) to his identity in Christ consciousness (a consciousness of nondual union in God/Reality), with his biological death on the cross. These two deaths seem to have been conflated at some point, resulting in a supernatural conception of the resurrection.