RABBI JOSEPH KRESEFSKY answers ... First let’s define Kabbalah - Kabbalah is a discipline and school of thought concerning the mystical aspect of Judaism. Once we bring the word “mystical or mysticism” into our walk with the L_rd, we begin to walk outside of scripture! The two don’t mix!! G_d and Mysticism are not related. Kabbalah is man-made – it has nothing to do with the G_d of the Bible. What does scripture say about thoughts or actions such as this... From Deut 18:10-13 – “Let no one be found among you who sacrifice his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the L-rd, and because of these detestable practices the L-rd your G_d will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the L-rd your G_d.” People who practice Kabbalah have a tendency to say that Kabbalah brings us closer to G_d – to which I reply, “Nonsense!” Y’shua is the only one who can bring us closer to G_d and He is all we need as a means of coming into Abba’s presence!
RABBI CRAWFORD answers ... Kabbalah is awesome to study! Way back a few centuries, it was unlawful to study science and math as it is kabbalah. Now we cannot get through high school without knowledge of these things.kabbalah is discourage by those who are ignorant of its teachings. There are many facets of studying kabbalah, Groups that aren’t even Jewish studying kabbalah (another form of buffet religion), I would highly discourage studying with. Authentic kabbalah is the only form that is correct. Hollywood and red strings are foolish forms of kabbalah, yet the original and authentic kabbalah are fascinating. Most churches these days teach a portion of kabbalah to some degree. For instance, it is common to hear that the number ‘7’ means perfection and ‘6’ falls short of perfection. This stems from kabbalah and yet the very teachers who will teach parts of it- will discourage it and say it is not of G-d. But I also realized this is a huge problem in general with most organized religions and denominations.
RABBI GUTMANN answers ... My view is that Kabbalah should be avoided, being intermingled with Occult and what is euphamistically called "New Age" beliefs. Any attempt to reconcile a "god" with the Only True and Living God, El Shaddai, HaShem is "out of bounds" to the committed follower of Yeshua! The so-called "Book of Zohar" relies on the Babylonian Zodiac for its so-called "wisdom" and "knowledge." I reccomend sticking to the Word of God for both "wisdom" and "knowledge!"
SANDRA JEFFERY answers ... Kabala is a system of interpretation of the Scriptures based on the numerical rather than the alphabetical value of the letters of a word, developed in the Middle Ages by certain rabbis. It is a mystical belief with secret doctrine. The God of Scripture is definitely not the god of Kabala, and the way to pick out any counterfeit doctrine is to hold it up to the light of the Word. What many people don’t understand, Christians included, is that Christianity is a doctrine of maturity that is firmly fixed in reality and not mysticism. We don’t become Christian to have mystic experiences, or to follow specific steps to enlightenment. We become Christian to come into relationship with the living God and His will and purpose for our lives. It is a doctrine of servant hood and righteousness that has a cost when we stand up in the face of injustice and help the downtrodden. It requires the changing of ourselves for the better in understanding the cause and effect of all of our actions, and calls us to live in forgiveness in order to keep our hearts from becoming hard, and in order to be in right standing with God and mankind. Anything that doesn’t match up with this and is secret or hidden, the God of the Bible speaks against. The definition of occult is ‘beyond the bounds of ordinary knowledge, mysterious, secret, hidden, mystic, not disclosed.’ Isaiah 48: 16 ‘Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning…’ Isaiah 45: 19 ‘I have spoken nothing in secret… I the Lord speak righteousness; I declare things that are right.’ Mark 4: 21, 22 ‘Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifest, neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad’. John 18: 20 ‘…and in secret I have said nothing.’