posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 01:53 AM
In all fairness, I will give the reasons for the people I know being in:
Three people I know have joined because family members were members and they pretty much were talked into joining so they could do all the fun stuff
with each other. One of these has been a close friend of mine since grade school and he has read my posts on this subject and occasionally has sort of
helped push me in the right direction on things, while still remaining true to his oath. This one joined because his father-in-law pushed him too, and
now that his relative has passed away, he is thinking of quitting.
Another friend of mine joined because he thinks it will further his governmental career to be in with the right people. He also has relatives that are
members that helped push him in that direction, but the fun aspect of it is not something he cares about one-way or the other. The funniest part is
that he totally does not believe in God and should therefore not even be allowed to be a member. He knows how I feel about the organization, since he
wanted me to join with him, and we joked around about the fact that he should list himself as a Luciferian just for laughs (I figured that since
people always accuse masons of being that, he would get some raised eyebrows from the other masons). If he actually did this, I will have to ask him
later on. He is trying to get two other mutual friends who are both police officers to join as well.
None of these people are screwballs. Though I do think that none of them are as studied in religion or the occult as I am, and would have no idea if
they were doing anything they should not as Christians to begin with, while others arn't religious at all. I think that this is where some of the
problems in these threads comes from. On one hand, you have those that see the symbolism as relating to things that are Pagan at the least and perhaps
even worse. Then you have those that are members and are in it for the fun and the community of it, and they believe that there is nothing inherently
wrong with that symbolism, so they defend it staunchly. They see it as a charitable fraternity that they belong to with friends and relatives, and
As far as the Illuminati are concerned, there is not really any proof that there is such an organization, though there might have been one at some
point. Therefore, I think that you would find it difficult to try and tie that to masons, and it obviously ticks them off when people do. I think the
poster in the Terms and Conditions thread said it best when he mentioned that people of power and position join like clubs and this may be one of
them. So if all the presidents belonged to the same country club would that club be inherently evil just because of who its members where?
So my point is that I doubt that the masons are trying to take over the world, if they were they would be farther along by now. I don’t think that
any members are overtly evil or aware that some of what they do may not be acceptable for Christians, so they consider themselves to be Christian
Masons. I don’t think that many realize the Pagan overtones inherent in their rituals and symbolism, and just join it as a social charitable family