We are glad you have dropped by and we hope you will find these pages interesting. First, we want you to be aware that we are not haters of those involved with the occult, indeed it is the opposite. We do not agree with everything that is taught but we respect that if you accept this view, you do. However, surely it is good to check up on things in a caring atmosphere? We hope you agree and will look through these next few pages.
Much is said in these days about religious intolerance, but we do not believe disagreeing with each other is intolerance but rather following a desire to ensure that we do have the truth and our future is secure.
We do not seek to be offensive, although, it is possible that some might be offended by the fact we disagree with them. Instead of simply closing these pages why not email us with the evidence that shows we are wrong. We will gladly consider any evidence presented.
We look forward to hearing from you but in the meantime I hope you will find the information interesting.
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If you are content at present to be involved in the occult then you could click the link to the next page. However, if your involvement with the occult has led you to feel that you have been affected by supernatural evil, this page might be of initial help to you. The first thing we would say is, DO NOT PANIC. There is an answer because God’s supernatural power is greater than evil.
We can probably put you in contact with someone willing to help you to go through the steps of deliverance. Use the ’email button’ on the left to contact us to request help. Please explain briefly your circumstances and what help you are looking for.
The basics steps that will need to be covered are:
1. Admit you were wrong to get involved in the occult.
2. Clearly repent – turn your back on whatever you have been involved with and have nothing more to do with it.
3. Be willing to give your life to God to be your Deliverer and Lord.
4. Ask Jesus to forgive you for your past, drive out the evil supernatural power and fill you with His Holy Spirit.
If, however you are not ready to take these steps then please read on.
The word occult means ‘hidden’ or ‘concealed.’ It is the opposite meaning of God’s revelation, which opens things up. The Bible warns us that there is a counterfeit supernatural power, that can perform wonders such as moving or locating objects. Being aware of the root of the power at work, is vital. We should not be surprised that the devil can counterfeit, to a degree, what God does because for instance we have the changing of Aaron’s rod before Pharaoh. The Egyptian magicians could counterfeit that part; however, God showed He was supreme in the events that followed and the magicians lost their magic rods for good! [See Exodus 7:8-13].
The occult contains a large spectrum of practices. Some, at the lower end of the scale, and this is where many begin, seem harmless but they could be a doorway that leads down a path taking you deeper into the occult. Whatever the situation we must remember that Satan does not play games, if we dabble or play with areas that are his, then there must be a confrontation at some point.
When you compare the definition of what is occult and what God says about His works, we see that this realm cannot be from God. However, it is easy to be tricked by Satan into believing the opposite and so we need to know the Devil’s schemes that we read about in the Bible (2 Corinthians 2:11). Satan’s character is described in the Bible as, a deceiver, a causer of doubt in God, a liar, a tempter and, if he can, a devourer. Thus we see he is the enemy of God and all he wants to do
One of Satan’s main weapons is fear and we need to deal with this first.
The Greek word found in the New Testament of the Bible is damonzomai, which literally means ‘demonisation’, that is, the way we are affected by demonic or satanic forces. We need to underline here that Satan, although a supernatural being, cannot be everywhere, as God can be. That is why he has such a well-run army [Ephesians 6:12]. In addition, in order for any of these beings to affect us inwardly they need a doorway through which to enter. Satan was looking for such a doorway when he tempted Jesus [Luke 4:1-13]. He tempted Jesus on every level – body, soul and spirit – but no doorway was found and he had to leave and wait for a more opportune time.
Whether you have heard the expressions ‘oppression’ or ‘possession’ they are really talking about the level of being affected. This is a very real experience and is not just the subject of horror movies. Luke 4:28 also shows that Satan can sometimes use a temporary foothold that we give him. The people were enraged with Jesus, and Satan used that to get them to attack Him. Just because we lose our temper from time to time, it does not mean we have a ‘spirit of rage’. However, for others they have opened a doorway and such ones need to come to Jesus Christ and know His deliverance. If you feel this is your experience please know that there is an answer and you are not without hope.
The doorways into the occult are various, and not all will lead to permanent demonisation, but always there is the potential to be seriously affected by Satan’s lies and bondage. Just as the Holy Spirit, who can do great things in peoples lives, releasing them from bondage, healing, etc.; there are evil spirits who want to do just the opposite. The difference is that God is eternal and unlimited, whereas Satan has limits, he is not eternal. He is, however, greater than man by himself, because he is a heavenly creation. Therefore, if we do not have and use the protection of the Lord Jesus, Satan can affect us in supernatural ways.
Certainly we must not blame everything on Satan, but he can do much in an unprotected life. We are certainly not saying that everyone who is involved in the occult is a “nasty, horrible person”; indeed many have unwittingly stumbled into these practices or maybe have learnt them in the family, and therefore feel they are okay. Others would have entered at a vulnerable time of their lives, and still others may have been ‘spiritually’ affected from the past.
Below we list some of the most common doorways and in the following pages we mention others. If you need further help or want to know about other practices please do contact us.
When levitation is sought by means of power and not just a party game then the dangers are clearly there.
The Encyclopedia of the Occult informs us that divination is,
The method of obtaining knowledge of the unknown or the future by means of omens… The derivation of the word supposes a direct message from the gods to the diviner… The methods of divination are many and various, and strangely enough in their variety are confined to no one corner of the globe. – Spence, pp.125/126.
Into this same category would come the dowsing rod. Many would feel that this is a harmless activity and that the power to move the rod to find water, minerals etc., is a latent power within man. The history of the subject would not give one that confidence.
This ancient divining rod was a form of rhabdomancy or divination by means of little pieces of stick. In Germany it was known as the “wishing-rod” and was used just as fortune tellers use cards, coffee or tea-grounds at the present day… As to theory for these movements… A modern scientist gives his opinion that very possibly it is due to a faculty in the “dowser” akin to that possessed by a medium: “some transcendental perceptive power unconsciously possessed by certain persons, a faculty analogous to what is called clairvoyance. – Spence, p.128.
In 1996 we received an e-mail via our pages on the World Wide Web from two girls in Ontario Canada. They read as follows;
My house is being haunted by several ghosts I contacted with the ouija and I have seen them twice. They walk down our hallway and we have pictures of them. I know their names and know confidential info on the afterlife, aliens doomsday. My friend Bridget and I have contacted many ghosts through the ouija board. Their names are Acad, Michael, Mama, Dart, Ben, Mak… We know more than we should do about this.
What started out as a simple game turned into a nightmare that will literally haunt these girls until they are ready to deal with the basic problem. Notice the ‘carrot’ held out by these demonic beings of imparting confidential information that no other human being can know. The lies and deception of Satan know no bounds.
Many people in this field will openly confess that they do not know where the power comes from. Often they appear not to even care, as long as it works. The question to ask however, is not, “does it work?” But, “what is its source of supernatural power?”
The Federation do not encourage praying aloud because they claim it creates barriers, perhaps triggering off theological arguments in the patients mind. A potential healer has to spend at least a year learning with a qualified healer. Seminars and various courses are all part of the training and a three day course could set you back £195.
Many of the healers in the Federation are also involved in New Age therapies and so much of their philosophy is based on the belief that ‘man’ is in control and ‘man’ is his own divine source of healing. In one of their leaflets they state that although they see the source of healing as divine, they respect the rights of each individual to their own interpretation of the source.
The Psychic News trumpeted with great delight that Father Concetti, called one of the most competent theologians of the Vatican, had said that it was no longer a sin to dialogue with the deceased. The article goes on to claim that the Roman Catholic Church has been carrying out scientific experiments, with their own mediums, and have now finally decided that they are talking to the dead. Further, we read, that this time, after backing the Nazis in the past, the Catholic Church has learnt its lesson and is backing the winning side. The article then goes on to say:
“It does not matter whether the scientist – seeker after knowledge – is a Christian, a Spiritualist, or an Atheist, the message from people in the etheric wavelengths is always the same: ‘You all survive death, there is no place here just reserved for Christians, or anybody else. The only thing that counts is how you have behaved during your short stay on earth.'”
This statement is very revealing when compared with the belief of the Catholic Church. However, for all evangelical churches that believe that there is only one way into the after life, and that is not connected with what ‘I do,’ this statement must be investigated. It actually, I believe, leaves more questions than it answers. For instance, who judges how we have behaved during our lives? What happens to those who do not attain the ‘pass-mark’? Surely somebody has to be ‘in charge’ and doesn’t that make them God?
The area of mediumship is taken further in a paper presented by Michael Perry at the Fourth Ecumenical Conference of Christian Parapsychology on 8 October 1996. The conference was under the auspices of the Church’s Fellowship for Physical and Spiritual Studies a group that believes that mediumship is a gift of the Holy Spirit. In this paper entitled ‘Biblical Prohibitions and Christian Parapsychology,’ Perry seeks to justify this fact and show that being a medium and a Christian is perfectly compatible. We will investigate this argument and see if there is any Biblical evidence.
Perry first mentions some of the Old Testament Scriptures that seem to condemn mediumship, Leviticus 19:31, Deuteronomy 18:9-14 and Isaiah 8:19-20. Surely these Scriptures are very plain, how can you get around them? Several arguments are put forward, some of them more seriously than others.
First, he indicates that the Old Testament is such, “an amazing rag-bag of disparate materials” that if we wished we could pick and choose which bits we wanted and which to leave. For instance, most would not obey the law that we are not to wear a garment woven with two kinds of yarn.
He, however, does go on to say that this is ridiculous and that Scripture must have some “objective moral authority.” He proceeds to explain that the Old Testament laws come in three kinds:
– Some moral laws of binding permanence.
– Some ritual regulations that have today been superseded.
– Some that do not apply any longer, because a theological insight has been developed in the course of the biblical revelation.
It is obvious that he feels that the subject in question comes in the latter and because, today, we look at things differently, we adjust our view. As an evangelical Christian I would comment here that such a view is looking at the matter from our subjective viewpoint and not from the viewpoint that God had when He spoke the words. There is a further problem too, because God is an eternal God, and if we believe in the God of the Bible we believe in an eternal being whose words have eternal meaning – not one will pass away! Looking at it from this angle sheds a different light on the argument that follows.
Next Perry seeks to cast doubt over the various Biblical words translated medium, witch, wizard, sorcerer etc. This leads to the conclusion that although we are not sure exactly what they meant, although we can be absolutely sure the woman at En-Dor was not a witch, these are all tarred with the same brush. Whether a medium today was the same as a medium then is not the issue. Perry concludes,
“… the trafficking with ghosts or spirits – it is contact with the departed – which is basically forbidden.”
Having agreed this, it still remains then to show that today is different, and what mediums do now is not what they did when they were told not to in the Old Testament. We are, according to Perry, to look at the purpose of what was said; we need not look just at the bare words but at the thrust of the whole document of which they were part. Having done this we are informed by Perry of the reason why the commands were there in the Old Testament, but are not relevant to the people today.
It all has to do with the purity of the Israelite religion and that it should not be tainted by the belief systems of those around them. The Israelites belief was that the dead were cut off from God’s care (see Psalm 88:4-5) and so to consult the dead on the living would be acting disloyal to the God of Israel. Nevertheless, even if that was the case then why is it not still true for Christians today? Simply that when Jesus Christ died, because God was in Christ, God was now present with the departed. When Christ rose from the dead, He showed clearly that there was no place where God was not present and so no longer are we being disloyal to our God when we contact the realm of the dead.
What an amazing argument! Unfortunately, if as Perry wants to, you use the Bible, we discover that it holds no water at all. Simply investigate whether God was in the ‘realms of the dead’ in Old Testament times. Perry quotes one Scripture that appears to prove his case, he does not however deal with the many verses that show that, already in the Old Testament, God was everywhere (see for example Psalm 139:7-10) and so clearly, it was not because of disloyalty the commands were given. Reading Psalm 88 we note that although the psalmist describes himself as being abandoned, because that is what he feels like, still God is his salvation and still he calls upon Him.
There are further problems to the argument when you read New Testament Scriptures. If it was okay after the resurrection to talk with the realms of the dead why does Acts still have a number of Scriptures condemning the practice? Perry makes an attempt at this by firstly saying that,
“The full implications of this did not immediately dawn on the young Church. Indeed it has not dawned on some Christians yet!”
One wonders why – maybe because it did dawn on the early Church and Christians today that God had not changed His mind. Perry struggles with verses such as Acts 16:16 forward. Here we find out that discrimination is needed because not all that is psychic is godly. The girl was so obsessed by the oracular gift that she had that Paul needed to wrench it from her. Interestingly, the Scriptures seek to show no such distinction and if that supernatural gift was not from God where was it from? We do not find however Perry trying to answer other verses including Acts 19:13-20.
Things have not changed, God is the same – He always was omnipresent not just after the resurrection. His eternal word is the same; it does not alter with the whim and fancy of man. The arguments from Scripture that Perry puts forward are clearly shown, by Scripture itself, to be not proven, and talking with the dead today is just as wrong and harmful as the Lord showed it to be in the Old Testament.
How tragic that those who claim to be Christians, and followers of Christ, seek to contact and open themselves up to the very spirits He has told us not to. Do not be fooled there are only two sources of supernatural experiences and even as Perry mentions we need to test every spirit to see if it is of God (1 John 4:1-3). However, when you put these verses in context, it is not to test whether a message from the dead is right or not, as Perry intimates, but whether it comes from Christ or Satan. The context of these verses along with the many other verses we have mentioned show clearly that messages that Perry is talking about are clearly not from God.
The simple question, “What is the Tarot” does not have a simple answer. Jess Karlin writes on the Internet:
“After establishing these few structural facts, we begin to encounter some more problems, which will explode in all kinds of confusing ways, in our attempt to confidently and conclusively answer the question ‘what is tarot?’. We will discover that the answer does not entirely reduce to ‘anything you want it to be’ but it often gets very close to that.”
The modern-day Tarot is really two decks of cards within one, both called arcana, which is Latin for ‘secrets’. The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards, which represent different aspects of human behaviour and character. A Minor Arcana consisting of 56 cards of which came today’s ordinary playing cards supports this. These 56 cards are divided into 4 suits of 14 cards each. The suits are normally known as Wands or Rods, Cups, Swords and Pentacles or Disks.
The cards of the Major Arcane are numbered from 0 – 21 and include, The Fool, Strength, Wheel of Fortune, Judgement, Devil and Death.
The first cards however were called ‘Trionfi’ and produced in Italy. These were later called ‘Tarocco’ or ‘Tarok’, and eventually became the French ‘Tarot’.
Today there are many different types of Tarot cards because of the influence from different cultures and belief systems.
A significant landmark in the development of Tarot came about when a famous occultist known as Eliphas Levi developed a close correlation between the Tarot and the Hebrew system of mysticism known as the Kabbalah (read more further in this series).
Until around 1780, Tarot cards were not used for fortune telling, but were just an unusual complex card game. However, today, the prediction aspect has been made popular by radio, television and even Mensa.
“Julia Azipurvs has been reading the tarot for nearly 20 years. Recently she decided to share her knowledge with fellow Mensans in Ramsbottom. She gave an introductory talk on the history of the tarot and asked what the attendees thought of it. Most were interested in how the readings worked but there were one or two sceptics.” – Mensa Magazine, June 1995, p.28.
Tarot cards are simply a way of divination – meaning the interpreting of signs in order to foretell the future. Such divination comes from the assumption that our lives or rather our fate is related to some predetermined events in the universe. It therefore follows that if someone can interpret the signs, omens, etc., the destiny and future of the person can be revealed before it happens. These assumptions, we would say, are incorrect and such thinking comes from supernatural evil not God.
There are indications that the use of Tarot has more to do with the occult than a ‘good’ supernatural power. For instance, when asked how does the Tarot work, most would answer, “no one knows.” In other words, people are using a power, the origin of which, they are ignorant. This, at the very least, is irresponsible and potentially dangerous.
The client will be asked by the Tarot reader to shuffle the cards and then be encouraged to speak freely. The reader will be accomplished in observation and listening, which will help the pattern of cards laid, and the story they tell.
The cards will be laid out according to the readers set pattern or spread, which will help them to remember in which order they are laid. The predictions concerning the future will begin as soon as the cards fall and the random sequence emerges.
There will be some ‘fakes’ and some Tarot readers will just be good at listening, observing and telling stories, and not have any supernatural power. Although of course there is still danger in changing our lives according to the story.
However, the real danger will come from those who do have the power of divination that comes from the evil supernatural realm. If we go to such a person, then we are opening our lives to that power.
Tarot readings have been popularised by certain sections of the Press. Some newspapers offer phone-in Tarot lines and others competitions surrounding the Tarot cards. As a result of this popularity, many will have regular readings in the hope of knowing the future.
Supernatural God has clearly shown that the sorts of practices that are part of Tarot reading are not from Him. He alone knows the future and divination is shown in Scripture [see Deuteronomy 18: 10, Leviticus 19:20 ands Acts 16: 16ff] to be wrong and coming from supernatural evil.
One experience, we believe, proves beyond any reasonable doubt where the power of the Tarot comes from. Jim was a Satanist and was an expert card reader. At a crucial time in his life he discovered his power to read the cards deserted him. All was revealed a few days later when he discovered two Christians had moved into the flat above him and were praying to the Supernatural God. Jim lost his supernatural evil power. The story has a happy ending though – Jim was delivered from Satanism and converted to true Christianity. On top of this, one of the women that moved into the flat is now his wife. Jim’s story is told in full in The Vilest Offender (available from the Reachout Trust Store)
There is a serious quest by many people for deeper meaning in life. Many alternative spiritual experiences promise freedom and excitement but then when tried the promise is proved false. Some are turning to older and established things which are more rooted in history and one of these is called Kabbalah.
The popularised version being marketed by Rav Philip Berg and his family, from The Kabbalah Centre in the United States and Israel (and now from the Madonna sponsored Centre here in England) is different in its presentation from the historic version. The ethos of the historic movement through the ages has been esoteric, obscure and almost impossible to understand, but this popularised version is more accessible.
Historic Kabbalah is far too complex a movement to be explained in a few short sentences, but here we will seek to give answers to some specific basic questions.
Alternative spellings to the word include Cabala, Qaballah, and Qabala. Where a group uses a specific spelling it can have a different perspective, for instance the ‘Cabala’ spelling has come to represent the so called Christian perspective. Most modern Hebrew phrase books and dictionaries use the K variant to represent the letter Kuf, so the Kabbalah spelling and this appears to represent the mainstream and Jewish perspective.
Historic Kabbalah has developed from the centre of Judaism. Judaism has two main authorities for faith and doctrine, the Torah and Kabbalah. Torah is specifically the first five books of the Old Testament but has the more general meaning of the Jewish written tradition including the Talmud and Mishna rabbinic interpretations. Kabbalah is the oral tradition which is believed to have been given to Moses at the same time as the ten commandments, and has been passed down verbally through the centuries through the rabbi’s and holy men of the Jewish faith. However it’s meaning has broadened over the years to represent an esoteric and mystical theosophy and it has been embraced by people outside of Judaism also.
Professor Gershom Scholem (1897 – 1982) who was an important figure in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem was something of a bridge between the ancient expression of historic Kabbalah and its modern expression. Professor Scholem says in his book “Origins of the Kabbalah” that research into the history of Kabbalah is almost impossible (Scholem 1990), but here is as concise a thumbnail as can be gleaned from available literature.
During the Roman occupation of Israel, a rabbi called Shimon bar Yochai a disciple of a rebel leader was discovered by the authorities teaching the Torah (the first five books of the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) in direct contravention of a Roman edict banning the practice of Judaism. The rabbi was sentenced to death, but he managed to escape with his son El’azar, and they lived for thirteen years in a cave.
Shimon is cited by Moses de Leon (1238-1305), a Spanish Jew, as the author of a book called The Zohar, The Book of Splendour, which after the Torah, is probably the most famous of the writings in Kabbalah. There are modern day kabbalists who contest this and attribute the Zohar to Moses de Leon himself and this is a cause of some controversy.
A man called Isaac the Blind (c. 1160-1236) a rabbi whose father was a respected figure in Jewish mysticism is probably the originator of contemporary historic Kabbalah.
In 1542 at the age of twenty an Israeli Rabbi Moshe Cordovero (1522 – 1570) claimed he heard a heavenly voice telling him to study Kabbalah. He mastered the text quickly and because he found it rather a rambling book, wrote a commentary on it called “The Precious Light”. Cordovero became known as the Ramak and he went on to systematise and advance the teachings of the Zohar and the Kabbalist interpretations of the Torah. Cordovero wrote other books such as The Palm Tree of Deborah which have become in themselves part of the sacred literature of Kabbalah.
During the 17th and 18th centuries Judaism was very much influenced by Kabbalah but this influence was set in decline by two things. The first was a mass defection of mystical Jews to a Turkish self-styled kabbalist messiah Shabbatai Tzevi (1626-1676). The second was the rise of Hassidism in Eastern Europe which was a movement within Judaism which emphasised the miraculous and mystical elements of the Jewish religion but which degenerated into superstition and magic.
It was about this time that Giovanni Pico, Count of Mirandola began the so called Christian Kabbalah movement which became a mish mash of strange beliefs such as Gnosticism sorcery and magic this is thought to have been the root of the Knights Templar, the Rosy Cross and Rosicrucian’s.
In recent years Kabbalah has been growing in popularity and there are a number of strands coming out of Israel and Poland. There are some charismatic figures such as Rav Philip Berg who received coverage in the recent television programme [Sweeney Investigates BBC2 Thu. 13 Jan, 9:50 pm – 10:30 PM], which revealed some very dubious practices. Philip Berg is an interesting man. After training as a Rabbi he became an insurance salesman in Brooklyn, New York USA. He was originally called Grueberger but around 1970 he got into Kabbalah full time and changed his name to Dr Philip Berg. At the same time he left his first wife and seven children and married his second wife Karen.
Berg quite quickly found a following and selling Kabbalah literature proved profitable. His new employment certainly brought him wealth and he founded the Kabbalah Centres which are the basis of Berg Kabbalah. The Kabbala water which the movement sell as cleansing for the soul as well as having healing properties for the body actually comes from a commercial plant CJC Bottling in Grafton Ontario Canada, and it’s purity has been questioned by the Canadian Government. Cost £45.00 per 12 bottle case.
The red string which they sell for £18.00 a bracelet is in fact given away by the keepers of the Tomb of Rachel. The Bergs have developed a multimillion dollar empire on similar practices which has made the family very rich. A copy of the Zohar in Hebrew is sold at the centre as a powerful healing talisman and costs £289.00. The organisation has been investigated in both Israel where they have been refused a certificate of proper management for three years running because of inadequacies in their accounting procedures and in Britain, the Charity Commission has criticised the centres accounts for significant shortcomings in transparency.
The Bergs also claim to descend from a line of Kabbalistic Jewish rabbi’s connected to Rav Yehuda Ashlag a respected figure in mystical Judaism, but we are unable to confirm that.
Their literature majors on achieving joy and fulfilment and a good illustration of this would be one of Michael Berg’s recent books “The Secret, Unlocking the Source of Joy and Fulfilment” Berg takes a hundred pages to say that being a giving person brings joy. The book is well written and nicely bound and costs £10.00, but what he says is certainly no secret and it isn’t Kabbalah either. Any Christian believer would know it early on in his or her Christian life.
Any investigation into the teachings of Kaballah shows it to be at odds with true evangelical Christianity and this puts in question the source of any power that it claims to have, it certainly does not come from the God of the Bible.
God created man to develop from a receiver to a bestower. God has no selfish (the wish to receive) motives at all and man begins without any desire to bestow at all. The process of Kabbalah is to make man into a bestower without any will to receive. This is salvation and oneness with the Creator.
God is the Ein Sof (That Which Is Without Limit). The Ein Sof is inaccessible and unknowable to man. What we can discover about Him is contained in the sephirot. Because He is unknowable God presented ten of His attributes as vessels into which He poured light and because of their construction there was a breaking. The pieces of the vessels fell to earth and some of the light which the vessels held still clings to the pieces. The goal and salvation of each follower of Kabbalah is to find the pieces and develop the light which still clings and which is the light of the creator and so recreate the vessel, in the process leaving behind the natural state of man which is a “taker” and becoming like God a “bestower”.
The basis of all scriptural authority is the Torah the first five books of the Old Testament and most ascribe personality to it. According to Jewish tradition, the Torah was created prior to the world and advised God on such weighty matters as the creation of human kind. When Moses received the written law from God, tradition has it that he also received “Kabbalah” – the oral tradition, which was not written down, but passed from generation to generation. The Torah was (and is) believed to be divine, and in the same way as the Torah was accompanied by an oral tradition, so there grew up a secret oral tradition which claimed to possess an initiated understanding of the Torah, its hidden meanings, and the divine power concealed within it. This is a principle root of the Kabbalistic tradition, a belief in the divinity of the Torah, and a belief that by studying this text one can unlock the secrets of the creation.
Angels are created beings and according to the Zohar were instrumental in the creation of man. There are various ranks and they are all messengers. The ranks are not clearly defined although mentioned are angels, archangels, cherubim and seraphim. The names of as many as eight or nine archangels are mentioned but the most frequently referred to are Michael, Auriel (who is identified with Lucifer) Raphael and Gabriel. Negative angels are the fallen angels who were banished from heaven with Satan (Rev. 12:9) The kabbalist doesn’t see fallen angels as unacceptable or totally evil in the Christian sense they are simply negative messengers (Zohar Vol.1:Sect.8).
The Zohar talks of a vast system of angels which are a communication network through which positive and negative influences travel. This network acts as an interface between the physical world and the upper worlds. Absolutely everything in the physical world is governed by angels. Due to our severely limited spiritual powers we are not able to see angel activity but the influence of positive and negative angels is constantly experienced.
Our own behaviour determines which angelic influences are aroused in the world. We are given access to the metaphysical network of angels and we gain the ability to remove negative angels and to bring positive angels into or lives by prescribed spiritual exercises.
Metempsychosis or reincarnation (kabbalists also use another term: correction of generations) is an integral part of Kabbalah and it is believed to be secretly interwoven through all the stories of the Torah. It has been taught by a few mystical Jewish rabbis since antiquity although it is not the teaching of mainstream Judaism.
The Zohar (Zohar Vol.1:Sect.28) teaches that Moses is the reincarnation of Abel and Jethro is the reincarnation of Cain, and (Zohar Vol.47:Sect.3) that Moses is reincarnated into every generation without revealing himself. Kaballah also teaches that many of the crises which confront us in life are a result of misdeeds in previous incarnations. Corrections not achieved in one life are carried over into the next. This process is called ‘tikune’ which means correction, and it is possible to connect to our previous incarnations and make corrections by meditating with that intention. An occult practice called “The lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram” is used for this kind of meditation.
It is not easy to find anything but an occasional reference to these things but it is clear that initiates are taught such things, this is a quotation from the Jewish Encyclopaedia.
“The Testament of Solomon recently brought to light the whole system (in theurgic Cabala) of conjuration of angels and demons, by which the evil spirits were exorcised; even the magic sign or seal of King Solomon, known to the medieval Jew as the Magen Dawid, has been resurrected” (see Conybeare, in Jewish Quarterly Review XI. 1-45) The Jewish Encyclopaedia (1901 – 1906) Vol. III.
This quotation from Online Kabbalah FAQ:
“(Kabbalah) consists also of meditative, devotional, mystical and magical practices which were taught only to a select few and for this reason Kabbalah is regarded as an esoteric offshoot of Judaism”.
Although Kabbalah has uniquely Jewish roots, it is still not compatible with the traditional evangelical Christian faith (or the mainstream Jewish one either)
The most important Christian objection to Kabbalah is that it is a version of Gnosticism which reduces salvation to having an inner knowledge of the mysteries of the universe and of the magical occult formulas which go with it. The Bible teaches that no special or occult knowledge is required for salvation, only repentance from sin (Acts 3:19) and to receive Jesus as Lord (Jn.1:12)
Kabbalah is essentially pantheistic because it teaches that Ein Soph created everything out of himself and man retains divinity all through the incarnations until he returns again to oneness with the creator. The teaching is that as man improves through many incarnations his divinity increases until he fuses with the Ein Soph. This is no doubt a very attractive prospect for the very ambitious high flying celebrities who embrace Kabbalah. The Bible teaches that God created us out of nothing, not out of Himself. Genesis 1:1 uses the word BARA for create which literally means create out of nothing. Only God is divine and man can only be adopted as a son (Gal.4:5).
The supreme being of Kabbalah, Ein Soph, is not the Christian God. Ein Soph has made himself unknowable to man, but the Christian God reveals himself to men through His Son Jesus (2 Cor.5:19) “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself”.
The Bible says that Jesus is God’s revelation of Himself.
“Jesus is the image of the invisible God” – Colossians 1:15
“God has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.” – Hebrews 1:2
“No-one has seen God …the only begotten Son…He has declared Him” – Jonn 1:18
The Christian God actively seeks men.
“For thus says the Lord God ‘Indeed I myself will search for my sheep and seek them out’” – Ezekiel 34:11
And through Jesus He reaches out to reconcile us to Himself.
“God so loved the world that He gave His Son” – John 3:16 (See also Matthew 9:13 and Hebrews 9:26).
Because Kabbalah is committed to a part of our Bible, in practice to most of the Old Testament, we could conclude that we can appeal to the truth which is found there. Unfortunately this is not so. Because of its system of interpretation, a kabbalist can make almost anything out of the text, and will not be impressed by our literal use of it.
Kabbalah is cultish in that it sees itself as the only way to Salvation:
“There is no other way for the general population to achieve spiritual elevation and redemption except by means of the learning of Kabbalah” (Y. Ashlag – “The preface to the ten sephirot”, Sect 36)
“The redemption and the coming of the Mashiach depends only on the learning of Kabbalah”. (The Vilna Gaon.- “Even Schlema” 11,13).
But Paul says clearly that:
“The gospel of Christ…is the power of God to Salvation” – Romans 1:16
The uniqueness of each life is taken for granted in Scripture and reincarnation is therefore impossible to defend. See for instance Hebrews 9:27-28.
The simplicity of the Biblical message is wonderful. Our God is one who seeks men and women and longs for them to have fellowship with Him [Ezek.34:11ff]. Where no special knowledge is required, and where even the most unformed of minds can understand; where the certainty of eternal salvation can be found by simply taking at face value the truth of the Bible that God’s love was expressed in the death of Jesus on the cross [Jn 3:16]; and we can be at one with Him by a simple act of trust, obedience and acceptance [Eph.2:14ff; Col.1:19ff].