Not because I am interested in Kabbalah per se but because I want to understand some of this New Age terminology that people try to hide under their “wise” statements. As you might already know, in the New Age terminology you will not find words like Jesus Christ, repent, sin, cross etc. Instead the keywords are: energy, synergy, flow, shift, space, transformation and so on.
There is a new book out there called “The Zimzum of Love” written by Rob Bell (one of the emergent church heretic leaders) which is supposed to bring a “new way” of understanding marriage. If you have no clue about what Kabbalah is, you might think this is a good christian message and you don’t think that there might be something wrong with it. What does the word “zimzum” mean? Is it from the Bible? No, it is a kabbalistic concept and you will not find such a concept in the Bible.
The Tzimtzum (Hebrewצמצוםṣimṣūm “contraction/constriction/condensation”) is a term used in the Lurianic Kabbalah teaching of Isaac Luria, to explain his new doctrine that God began the process of creation by “contracting” his infinite light in order to allow for a “conceptual space” in which finite and seemingly independent realms could exist. This primordial initial contraction, forming a Khalal/Khalal Hapanui (“vacant space”, חלל הפנוי) into which new creative light could beam, is denoted by general reference to the Tzimtzum. In contrast to earlier, Medieval Kabbalah, this made the first creative act a concealment/Divine exile rather than unfolding revelation. This dynamic crisis-catharsis in the Divine flow is repeated throughout the Lurianic scheme. (Wikipedia)
Below you can see how Rob Bell has adapted this concept to represent a “new way” of understanding marriage. Don’t forget, Rob Bell is not a christian but a New Ager, and I feel so bad when I see this guy promoted among Romanian evangelicals. Currently he is on a tour with other well known New Agers like Deepak Choprah and Oprah Winfrey. So I guess everybody should think twice before promoting him and his books.