posted on Aug, 31 2005 @ 01:34 AM
Well, I'm not a mason, and I really don't know any personally, so I have sort of a neutral stance about them. But it really makes me mad when these
Midwest preachers set up ther own little blogs and sit there and bad-mouth the masons. I hate to sound like I am stereotyping people, but I can
honestly say that I have seen many anti-mason sites made by Midwest Protestant preachers.
Anyway, they go on and talk about how masons are devil-worshippers, and yada-yada-yada, and then they quote some biblical scriptures, whose meanings
they bend to support their anti-mason rhetoric.
Of course, once you scroll down the page some more, they continue on their tirade, but redirect their anger at Catholics, Buddists, and any other
religion or organization. This really discredits their anti-mason statements in my opinion. They look like they just want to point their fingers and
hate everything around them.
A big complaint of these preachers is that the freemasons perform lots of "rituals." According to what I have researched, the rituals of the
freemasons are small playlets in which the initiate participates. The playlets pretty much tell small parts of a large story. There is symbolism in
them, and the preachers seem to hate this too.
Here's my rebuttal: I am a Christian, and I partake in taking bread and water often like Jesus said to. This is a ritual. The bread and water are
symbolic of the flesh and blood of Christ. There's some symbolism for you! Christians have some sort of morbid fear of the number 666, or rather what
it represents. Again, more symbolism. Show a Christian two planks of wood nailed together perpendicularly, and they see a cross. More symbolism.
There's also the sign of the dove. I could go on and on and on about rituals and symbology in Christianity - the religion that I myself practice -
the same religion that these preachers claim to practice!
My point - it seems lots of people want to hate masonry for the fun of it. They throw in some scripture verses to scare other church-goers that they
will go to hell if they associate with masonry. I see absolutely nothing in masonry that contradicts Christianity. In fact, the York Rite has the
Knights Templar subgroup, which is an extremely pro-Christian group. I also heard that in England, either in the past or currently, one could not
advance in the Scottish Rite past the 18th degree if they were not Christian.
Of course, I'm rambling. I apologize if I was offensive. I tried not to be.