Modern consciousness is like two maps: there is the ground map of rivers and mountains, just the natural ground, and then you can overlay the roads and towns. Unless that map is maintained it will all revert to rivers and streams, no trace of the overlay at all.
OK…you got that analogy. Now in our common sense reality that we assume is reality without question, the world view of Newton as a vast space with objects bumping into each other organized by natural laws is our commons ground map that we don’t question. This ground unquestioned map allows us to make stuff and shop. We don’t go to Walmart and sacrifice a goat in order to create a sale.
Now over that map we can lay are Christian map designed by the Bible. This gives the flat map meaning according to the reference to the Biblical markers. You can see this overlay on Facebook when someone goes to the hospital, everyone sends thoughts and prayers as if God (who is on this map) is sitting there ready to change the natural laws of the ground map to fit the needs of the overlay.
This would be like praying that a stream would suddenly go around your property. This is our modern neurosis cause by a conflict of map. While we don’t believe that prayer will change the course of a stream around my property, we will believe that prayer will change the course of my body round a disease. But we still put our hopes in the doctor and drugs. If we rely on the religious map and don’t take our kid to the hospital we can go to jail. Which map is the true map? We don’t know. Does reality have one map or two? Which one is the true map. There cannot be two realities, unless you are schizophrenic.
Good Christians are caught in a double-bind because if they put total faith in the overlay map, they go to jail. If the put faith in the ground map, they deny their religion. So they have to find a way to have one foot in one map and the other foot in the other map. When the gap widens, they are being split in two halves. But there must be One me. Which reality is Me?