Originally posted by LogoWatch
If Masonry is not about lies and Satan, how do you explain the following two lines from Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of
Freemasonry in 1872, written by 33 degree Mason Albert Pike?
First and foremost (this has been said on ATS over and over and over...) Albert Pike, 33d, was NOT *the* authority on Freemasonry. Want to quote
Morals and Dogma (a book written SOLEY for the use of Scottish Rite Masons in the Southern Jurisdiction, USA...a VERY SMALL portion of all Freemason)
OK, let's look at page iv (that's found in the Preface of Morals & Dogma) It says:
"Every one is entirely free to reject and dissent from whatsoever herein may seem to him to be untrue or unsound."
HMMM. Sounds like Pike was writing his opinions and made it clear that what he was writing was not "required belief" for Freemasons.
Page 104-105 “Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and
Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the
Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would
You don't think what he said there is true? OK, according to page iv, reject it. Pike wouldn't mind...really.
Page 172: “"The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahveh reversed; for Satan is not a black god... Lucifer, the Light Bearer!
Strange and mysterious name to to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! It is he who bears the Light...”
Apparently you've been duped by an Anti-Masonic web-site or tract that hopes you'll never actually READ Morals & Dogma, which you obviously
haven't, for page 172 (in EVERY EDITION OF M&D actually says:
"and nothing finer in your nature, than that you should be desirous to do
this." This is the true mark for the aim of every man and Mason who either
prizes the enjoyment of pure happiness, or sets a right value upon a high
and unsullied renown. And if the benefactors of mankind, when they rest
from their noble labors, shall be permitted to enjoy hereafter, as an
appropriate reward of their virtue, the privilege of looking down upon the
blessings with which their exertions and charities, and perhaps their toils
and sufferings have clothed the scene of their former existence, it will not,
in a state of exalted purity and wisdom, be the founders of mighty
dynasties, the conquerors of new empires, the Cæsars, Alexanders, and
Tamerlanes; nor the mere Kings and Counsellors, Presidents and
Senators, who have lived for their party chiefly, and for their country only
incidentally, often sacrificing to their own aggrandizement or that of their
faction the good of their fellow-creatures; - it will not be they who will be
gratified by contemplating the monuments of their inglorious fame; but
those will enjoy that delight and march in that triumph, who can trace the
remote effects of their enlightened benevolence in the improved condition
of their species, and exult in the reflection, that the change which they at
last, perhaps after many years, survey, with eyes that age and sorrow can
make dim no more, - of Knowledge become Power, - Virtue sharing that
Empire, - Superstition dethroned, and Tyranny exiled, is, if even only in
some small and very slight degree, yet still in some degree, the fruit,
precious if costly, and though late repaid yet long enduring, of their own
self-denial and strenuous exertion, of their own mite of charity and aid to
education wisely bestowed, and of the hardships and hazards which they
encountered here below.
Masonry requires of its Initiates and votaries nothing that is impracticable.
It does not demand that they should undertake to climb to those lofty and
sublime peaks of a theoretical and imaginary unpractical virtue, high and
cold and remote as the eternal snows that wrap the shoulders of
Chimborazo, and at least as inaccessible as they. It asks that alone to be
done which is easy to be done. It overtasks no one's strength, and asks no
one to go beyond his means and capacities. It does not expect one whose
business or profession yields him little more than the wants of himself and
his family require, and whose time is necessarily occupied by his daily
vocations, to abandon or neglect the business"
Lucifer is discussed on a few pages, particularly page 321 (which see...M&D is available on line FREE...and there are hundreds (if not thousands) of
them available from used book sellers....including the Supreme Council, AASR) But the part about Satan isn't a part of that quote on 321.
What IS said (on page 102...not 172) is:
"The true name of Satan, THE KABALISTS SAY, is that of Yahveh reversed; for Satan is not a black god, but the NEGATION of God. The Devil is the
personification of Atheism or Idolatry. (emphasis mine)
Hmmmm...sounds like Pike wasn't a fan of Satan, doesn't it? Looks like your so-called "source" lied again....
How can you possibly deny, after reading that, that Masonry is about lying and hiding the truth.
That particular portion says it hides the truth from those not worthy (capable) of understanding it. Some minds aren't quite as open and receptive
as others. Look at fundamentalists for example.
Worse yet, Pike admits plain as day, that Luciferian/light worship is that of Satan. He admits it right there!
Again, false information presented with the hope that you (and others like you) will take it at face value and not research it. Congratulations.
Now perhaps you should actually READ Morals & Dogma before you try to quote from it only to find out you've been lied to by whomever you got that
page number/info from.
[edit on 12-2-2005 by senrak]