Judaism                

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                      Kabbalah?


All religious thought can be classified into two distinct mutually exclusive classes – Monotheism and Monism.

The school of Monotheism teaches that there is One God, the creator of all things including man. However, man having sinned is separated from God, and, God provides a unique Way of Salvation to man for restore his/her relationship back to God.

The school of Monism teaches that there is only one reality or thing or substance; everything else is ‘maya’ or illusion. If we call this ‘one thing’ God, then man becomes God since there cannot be God and man (two things or dualism). So in the school of monism, we become God! The cycle of birth or reincarnation of the soul is the process/vehicle through which man unites into God.

Thus in the school of Monism, man declares that ‘I am God’, just as Lucifer (as recorded by Isaiah) said in his heart I will be like the most High! In the 'Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religious and the Occult', by George A Mather and Larry A Nichols, the authors indicate that cults typically operate by personal transformation,

PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION. Whichever path an individual chooses, several goals are on the horizon. The first is "personal transformation." This entails undergoing a person mystical or psychic experience that will usually result in a paradigm shift from an "old world" belief system to a realization of "New Age" or "Aquarian" beliefs. The first step in this transformational process is to embrace a monistic worldview. Again, this does not come through cognition of propositional truths or creedal formulations, but rather, through mystical experience.

The foundation of Judaism is their Scriptures, which are divided into three books, often called the TaNaK:

Torah (Books of Moses)

N'vi-im (Prophets)

K'tuvim (Writings)

and these books have been translated as 39 books from Genesis to Malachi. In studying the Torah it is clear that God created all things including Adam and Eve, who lived in close fellowship with Him. However, Adam and Eve sinned and broke their fellowship with God, but, God in His infinite Love and Mercy, showed Adam thru faith and sacrifice how to restore that relationship. Thus Judaism is a Monotheistic religion.

However, Kabbalah is a faith based on Monism and Reincarnation which is the cyclic rebirth of the soul. Recently I spoke to a teacher at the Kabbalah Center in Los Angeles, California, and asked him about the foundation of Kabbalah. He confirmed that Kabbalah is based on Monism and Reincarnation. Kabbalah teaches such universal principles that apply to all peoples of all faiths and all religions, and these principles are quite a departure from Torah! The dangers of Monism can be seen when we study historically its impact on India - Pantheism and the Caste System. The deception of equality through Monism is a practical impossibility.

Scholars define that while worship is universal, a religion requires literature and philosophy or theology. Before the Christian era, only two religions existed in India, Buddhism and Jainism, and they were agnostic religions. The worships could be broadly classified as Dravidian worship, which is evidenced from the Indus Valley civilization, and the later Vedic worship.

The earliest evidence of Vedic worship is seen in on a cuneiform tablet excavated at El-Amarna in Egypt, on a document from Bogazkoy in Anatolia (Asia Minor). The tablet is in Hittite cuneiform and written in the Akkadian language, and is an adjunct to a treaty between the Hittite king Suppiluliuma and his son-in-law, the Mitannian king Kurtiwaza, and it contains a long list of the gods of the peoples who were parties to it. The tablet is dated around the 14th century BC.

The gods are invoked to witness the conclusion of the treaty and guarantee its observance. The gods of the Mitannians are named in these forms: Mi-it-ra, U-ru-ua-na, In-da-ra, and Na-sa-at-ti-ia-an-na. It is evident that these names correspond to Mitra, Varuna, Indra, and Nasatuau of the Vedic pantheon. In this treatise, Mithra is invoked as the god of contract and mutual obligation. In short Mithra may signify any kind of communication between men and whatever establishes relations between them. The treatise is in the time frame of Israel claiming their land and their occupation causes a migratory movement in Canaan and these Vedic elements spread to other nations including India.

In India before the Christian era, we find that Buddhism was the dominant religion. Buddhism arose around 6th c BC when the Jews, the messengers of God’s revelation to the world at that time, went completely into captivity. Buddhism was an ethical agnostic religion with strong compassion for all creation, and taught that the soul cycled by reincarnation till it achieved a state of nivana with no concept of God.

After the Christian era, we see new religions arise in India based on a monotheistic doctrine - Saivism and Vaishnavism through the apostle Thomas and other apostles in India. India had excellent trade relations with the Roman Empire during the 1st c AD, which leads to cultural and religious exchanges. The influence of Gospel of Jesus Christ is clearly seen in many Indian literature like the Bagavad Gita, Saiva Siddhanta, Rg Veda, Brahma Sutras, etc since they are written in Sanskrit and the first evidence of Sanskrit is 150 c. AD.

However, Monism and Reincarnation entered India after the 8th c AD as a philosophy called Advaita developed by Adi Sankara. Advaita claims that this truth is concealed by the ignorance of illusion. Advaita teaches that there is no becoming either of a thing by itself or out of some other thing. It teaches that there is no individual self or soul (jiva), only the atman (all-soul). Individuals may be temporarily delineated from ‘all-soul’ just as the space in a jar delineates a part of main space. When the jar is broken, the individual space becomes once more part of the main space. Advaita adopted the earlier concept of cyclic reincarnation of the soul and used this as a process of reaching the ‘all-soul’. Advaita, destroyed the theistic faith of the Hindus, driving them to Pantheism and resulted in the development of a hierarchical social system, the Caste System.

The principles of Monism and Reincarnation of the soul can be found in the teachings and books at the Kabbalah Center in Los Angeles and serve as the foundation of Kabbalah which is contrary to Judaism.

Monism destroys Monotheistic faith, and, without a relationship with God, man loses focus and society decays. The research of Angus Madison clearly shows the land of India as the most prosperous land in the early AD centuries, however, with the onset of Monism the decay is progressively seen from the 8th c AD. Monism leads to Pantheism which teaches that all religious paths lead to the same ultimate end, since there is (according to monism) only one ultimate reality and everything else is illusion. This is error since all religions are not the same, and, when two paths contradict each other, both cannot be right.

Judaism is contrary to Kabbalah and they are mutually exclusive. In Judaism, one believes in God while in Kabbalah, one becomes god. Man was created in the image of God, but was never God. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would take away our sins and restore our relationship to God. Daniel in the vision of Seventy Weeks clearly predicted in chapter 9 and verse 26, the time of the coming of the Messiah to die for the sins of the world.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

The destruction of the city in AD 70 is well evidenced by history. Daniel also writes in chapter 12 verse 2,

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.

We have one life to choose.


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