Originally posted by Angle
reply to post by Akragon
18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
If I may add my thoughts to this discussion.
The above is John's testimony and not the words of Jesus. Jesus himself as far as I am aware never proclaimed himself God. However, he did say that
the only path to God was through him and considering he would have been very familiar with the Kabbala that would make an awful lot of sense.
Jesus advocated the path of Love and that to anyone familiar with the Kabbalistic system would indicate the middle pillar path. However, whichever
route you would decide to traverse the Tree of Life - Mystic or Magician - you still have to go through Tiphareth the sphere of Beauty to attain God
As an aside - whoever wrote the Lord's Prayer was very familiar with the Kabbalistic system.
Our Father, which art in heaven, (Chesod)
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. (Malkuth)
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven. (Chesod))
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, (Malkuth)
The power, and the glory, (Geburah and Chesod)
For ever and ever.
Brackets are mine. ;-)
Hope this adds to the discussion and not distracts from it. Its been a few years since I studied the Kabbala seriously but it did help with providing
a framework for the understanding of various forms of religious thought and thus helping me to form mine. I call it my filing cabinet. ;-)