Part 5, "You, Me, Jung & the Kabbalah of the Continuing Incarnation"
Moreover, inherent in this radical proposition is the even more radical notion that God chose to suffer and die on the Christian cross not only to redeem the sins of mankind, but to atone for His own sins against humanity, as culminated in his grossly unfair treatment of Job. Thus, both man and God are redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. In this regard, Jung writes:
"For every thinking person the question arises: What about God's omniscience? What, above all, about his morality? He dickers with the devil, lets himself be bamboozled by him and torments the wretched Job simply because he is unsure of himself." (Collected Letters, Vol. 1, p. 396)
With his theorem of the Continuing Incarnation, and the process by which it is enacted from generation to generation, Jung provides a universal and practical paradigm for the Realization of God that has application to all esoteric religious systems, including (and even most particularly) that of Kabbalah. For example, he writes:
"I only wish the [Christian] theologians would accept the Kabbalah . . .so as to proclaim still more clearly how God reveals himself [in man]." (ibid, p. 392)
Thus, we come to the cause of our concern, as Kabbalists and Sabbatians, with Jung's religious philosophy in general and Answer to Job in particular. That is, Sabbatai Zevi, like "Jesus" before and Sri Ramakrishna after him, is an example of the "Avatar" in the Jungian sense: a man in whom the "Self" (or, if you prefer, "God") has broken free from the darkness of the Unconscious into the light of the Conscious and is thereby transformed. These Avatars, therefore -- whether they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or whatever -- become living templates for our own progress toward Self-Realization. All of them, therefore, including Sabbatai Zevi, are less important as objects of religious worship than they are as exemplars of spiritual transformation. That is, by studying and understanding them we, too, can become vessels for the continuing incarnation and transformation of God.