I am compelled by my conscience to apologize to the few people who read my blog. I have been engaged in the study of Kabbalah for the last month or so. You may wonder what connection this has with an apology, or (at least) I hope you do, so I may offer an explanation.
Kabbalah is actually a fascinating subject, even from a Pagan perspective. In the short time I have been engaged in this study, I have found even more reason to believe that there is little difference between the numerous faiths. These findings cannot be considered conclusive because I have found a reason to abandoned these studies prematurely, though. Anyone doubting what I am about to tell you is welcome to test these things for themselves at the Bnei Baruch Education Center. A free introductory course is offered at regular (academic) intervals.
The primary consideration you should keep in mind if you choose to investigate the discipline of Kabbalah is that the Kabbalist sage probably has no knowledge of anything else; it is a lifelong study. They claim it is not mysticism, but they will tell you that Kabbalah has been hidden until Messianic times (now) when it is appropriate for the hidden worlds to be revealed. If you do not find this odd, check out the definition of occult, as well as the definition of mysticism. However, this is not a justifiable cause to abandon Kabbalah; it is more likely a simple symptom of single-minded focus. Nevertheless, Kabbalah presents some eye-opening concepts.
Kabbalah is not a religion, but it appears to be the seed of a religion; Judaism. While Kabbalists deny religion, there is much discussion concerning the Torah. Judaism appears to be a much later development of Kabbalah. Perhaps one of the most redeeming aspects of Kabbalah is that it offers a reasonable answer to the question about where the people of Nod came from in Genesis. The downside is that the explanation makes the average Christian look absolutely ignorant. That is obviously not cause to abandon the study of Kabbalah, either.
My particular problem with Kabbalah can be found in the historical derivatives; if Kabbalah spawned Judaism, and Judaism spawned Christianity (which it did), then what went wrong? My problem with Kabbalah is that it answers this question with the utmost simplicity, but in the process Christ becomes so much more realistic, as does God, the Father. The question most likely to cross the average Christian mind at this point is, “So what’s your f—cking problem then?”
The problem is that the common “Christian” mentality (specifically in the U.S.) diminishes the dignity of Christ; they have no real idea of what He spoke of. Following this path to its most obvious conclusion leads to a very dark place. This has reminded me of why I abandoned the so-called “Christian” religion many years ago. While there are exceptions, the average American Christian is a flaming fool. After writing “The Vision,” I realized that I was coming back to a very dark path once again; one that I cannot accept; one that I left many years ago for this very reason. Knowledge of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit should carry awe, wonder, joy and peace. Awe, wonder, joy and peace are things that I only experience following the Pagan path, though. The Pagan way is not so polluted.
Kabbalah teaches that the difference in spirit is a measure of quality, not a physical distance measured in inches, feet, meters or any measure of quantity. Therefore, it only stands to reason that the quantity of members of American Christendom is not a measure of quality. In fact, attempts to break the Law of the Land, particularly the First Amendment, is criminal and disgraceful. Harassment and physical violence towards people who do not subscribe to the same beliefs is not only discriminatory and illegal, but it is also disgraces Christ. It is odd that alleged Christians are ignorant of this simple fact.
Perhaps I will expand upon this in the days to come, but maybe not. I need to ground and center for awhile. I do not equate Kabbalah with Christianity. Kabbalah has been very enlightening in a very short time, but there is far too much indirect connection to Christianity for me at this time. If I was to return to Christianity, I would be more concerned with discovering Christ’s new name, rather than with other people’s “sins.”