posted on Feb, 2 2007 @ 10:51 AM
Originally posted by da bears
Originally posted by corsig
But isn't the stance softening a little bit and it's becoming more accepted?
In my parish, I know of one man who is a Freemason - a good man - I am in the Knights of Columbus so this has come up a few times in conversations
with him. The difficulty is in the "indifferentism" component of Freemasonry - that all religions are equal. This places Jesus on the same plane
as Buddah, Krishna, Mohammad (sorry for the spelling).
Hi da bears
I understand that this perception of "indifferentism" causes problems with freemasonry for many Christians. But I am of the opinion that freemasonry
actually is not in any way indifferent to religion, and/or Christianity.
My Grand Lodge makes the following statement:
"Freemasonry is far from indifferent to religion. Without interfering in religious practice it
expects each member to follow his own faith, and to place above all other duties his duty to God, by whatever name He is known."
There is also no explicit or implicit statement from an official masonic source that all religions are regarded by freemasonry as equal - I believe
this is an assumption made by individuals on the basis that freemasonry has an opinion on the matter, which it does not
. Freemasonry makes no
comment on the validity or otherwise of any given God. It enables members of different faiths to pray together in the same way that prayers can be
At the commencement of a city council meeting
At the beginning of a sports event
At a funeral
At the meal table
At a scouting event
At all of these ocassions one could find oneself sitting or standing next to a non-christian who would, presumably be praying to a 'different' god.
Likewise on attending a Bar Mitzvah as a guest, when prayers are raised to God the Christian visitor presumably is in no doubt to whom his
prayers are raised (should he elect to join in).
Anyway, sorry to ramble on, but its just so refreshing to read a viewpoint contrary to mine put forward with integrity, maturity and honesty. SS
forums have been lacking that recently, and I thank you.