reply to post by Truthisoutthere
Truth, there is a flaw in your slaw. (That's Cole Slaw, meaning something is messed up in your ingrediants producing an unsavory meal. After all,
good Cole Slaw is a thing of beauty, especially to a Southern boy like me.)
You say that Mason's can't be Christians because Christians can have no other gods before HIM.
The fact is, Freemason's are allowed to follow what ever religion they wish, as long as they ARE RELIGIOUS. (If I mispeak or misinform, please
correct me Masons). Meaning a Mason can, without any reprisal or interference, can choose the Christian God as his one and only God, putting no other
gods before HIM, and in fact believing in no other gods at all.
In other words, a Mason is free to be a Christian and a Christian is free to be a Mason. By the same token a Mason does not have to be a Christian,
just as a Christian does not have to be a Mason.
From my understanding it seems that your theory is strong... but only due to having a misconception tied into it. IF Masons had to believe in other
gods and then place such gods before Christ, then your statement would be utterly true. However, this is not the case at all.
You are right, however, that one who follows a Religion other than Christianity (in it's numerous forms) is considered Pagan. The problem lies in
how it is stated. Pagan itself is not evil or bad, but the term has garnered ill repute due to misconceptions and slander. Yes, SOME Pagan religions
may seem Evil... others however are wrongly grouped with these and share an image not deserved. It would do well, then, to say EXACTLY WHICH PAGAN
RELIGION one references... which is ironic since few can actually name and discuss Pagan Religions as individual religions (myself included, I admit
ignorance on this topic).
That's like saying ALL CHRISTIANS ARE EVIL BECAUSE OF THE CRUSADES... well, that was done by the Roman Catholic Church (Catholics ARE Christians,
by the way... second only to the Followers of Christ as he lived) and not the, say, Southern Baptist. Also, to say that All Catholics are evil was be
just as wrong a generalzation.
It's painting with to broad a brush.