RE: Theos-World Tsimtsum & God's Will
Oct 16, 2001 10:27 PM
An old post but relevant....
|From: 888 [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
|Sent: Friday, 2 February 2001 7:28 AM
|Subject: Theos-World The Idea of Tsimtsum
|How can there be a place where God is not when God is everywhere?
|Valentin Tomberg explains this well in his Meditations on the
|Tarot: "the idea of tsimtsum - the 'withdrawal of God' - of
|the Lurianic school of Cabala.....the existence of the
|universe is rendered possible by the act of contraction of God
|within himself. God made a 'place' for the world in abandoning
|a region interior to himself."
|"In other words, in order to create the world ex nihilo, God
|had first to bring the void itself into existence. He had to
|withdraw within in order to create a mystical space, a space
|without his presence - the void. And it is in thinking this
|thought that we assist the birth of freedom."
|If this was not so then we would have not been told to pray
|"Thy Will be done, Thy Kingdom come."
| If God's Will permeated the world in toto then the world
|would be perfect, but also there would be no freedom and
|development. No death also.
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