posted on May, 15 2008 @ 11:44 AM
I tried to read this whole thread so that I could make a thoroughly informed response, relevant to the whole conversation. Unfortunately, after 11
pages of anti masons refusing to do just that, I decided not to waste my time reading another 30+ pages of more of that nonsense.
Fundamental facts about Freemasonry to consider before forming an arguement:
- There is no "level" higher than the 3rd degree. Lodges are governed by their local Grand Lodge, which is seperate from all other Grand lodges all
over the world. They do not work together for global domination or anything else for that matter. Officers in a Grand Lodge are democraticly elected
and only serve a temporary term. With the higher ranks on a constant rotation like this, it is impossible to have secrets confined only to the "upper
levels". You're not in the "upper levels" for long, and sooner or later almost every mason gets a crack at it.
- No one particular God is worshipped in a masonic Lodge. The 8th degree of the York Rite and the 18th degree of the Scottish Rite actually require a
Christian belief. If non Christians in the Scottish Rite can't make it past the 18th degree, and Christians aren't allowed past the 30th, who
exactly does the 30th-33rd degrees? There are a suprisingly high number of 32nd degree masons all over the world.
- The only real masonic secrets are their modes of recognition (handshakes & passwords). Their teachings are of an initiatory nature, meaning you
don't learn the next lesson until you have fully grasped your current one. This is just to make sure you are fully prepared for your next lesson so
there is a better chance of it sinking in. The reason masons are discreet about their rituals is so they don't spoil it for those who may wish to go
through them. It'd be like prematurely learning the final score to a football match you were planning to watch later.
- The reason for the secret modes of recognition used to be to avoid persecution from oppressive types (early vatican, nazis, dictators etc) but now
is merely a sign of honour. Despite the fact that anyone can discover them on the internet, a mason swears never to be the direct source of that
information - a promise for the sake of proving he can keep a promise.
In short, there is no capacity amongst freemasons to form an international conspiracy. They don't worship baphomet or the devil (or anyone for that
matter- I challenge anyone to find proof of any organised group of devil worshippers). They possess no earth shattering secrets. They inspire good men
to be better men via their 3 main degrees:
1st degree teaches the importance of charity and morality.
2nd degree teaches the importance of equality and improving ones intellect.
3rd degree teaches the importance of integrity and to contemplate our mortality.
When you dedicate yourself to being morally upright and helping out others as much as possible, others tend to want to help you. If you dedicate
yourself to furthering your knowledge and striving for the best that you can in all your undertakings, with the help of those you have helped and
inspired, success tends to follow. It neccessarily follows then that there a lot of Freemasons in high ranking important jobs throughout society: they
have earned their position through integrity, hard work, and with the support of those they have supported.