According to Judaism, the Zohar was written in order to communicate a Kabbalistic message to the disciples of God. Among those messages is the following, which illustrates how the Evil Inclination that God created within man can be “very good”:
There was once a king who had a only son whom he loved very much. One day, the king said: “I want to bring to light the goodness of my son.” So he summoned a harlot, and said to her: “Go entice my son to sin.”
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Author: Philip P. Kapusta
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Bible reference(s): Genesis 1:31, Genesis 4:7, Genesis 8:21, Job 1:6-12, Job 2:1-7, Psalm 51:5, Psalms 51:10, Matthew 4:1-11, Matthew 6:13, Mark 1:13, Luke 11:4, Luke 4:2-13, John 13:2, Acts 5:3, 1 Corinthians 7:5, 2 Corinthians 12:7, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Ephesians 4:27, Ephesians 6:11, Ephesians 6:16, 1 Thessalonians 3:5, 1 Timothy 3:6-7, 2 Timothy 2:26, Hebrews 2:14, James 4:7, 1 John 3:8, 1 John 3:10, 1 John 3:12, 1 John 5:18-19, Matthew 5:18
Source: Philip P. Kapusta and Zohar (vol. II, p. 163a).
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