Yet another Grand Lodge explains that the temple is not physical in nature in the symbolic teaching of the Master Mason Degree. That being the case,
physical reburial of his body within that spiritual temple would be impossible. They allude to a deeper meaning within the allegory.
For instance, in the first two degrees, the Lodge symbolizes the world, the place where all workmen labor at useful vocations . . . But in the
Master’s degree it represents the Sanctum Sanctorum, or Holy of Holies of King Solomon’s Temple, which was itself a symbol of Heaven, or the abode
of Deity. It was there that nothing earthly or unclean was allowed to enter. . . "But there is even a deeper symbolism in the Master’s lodge. The
allusion is not only to the sacred chamber of Solomon’s physical temple, it alludes also to the sacred chamber of that spiritual temple we all are,
or should be. . .
Indiana Monitor & Freemason’s Guide, 1993, p. 155.
Is it possible that the rituals of some Grand Lodges teach resurrection, while others actually do teach physical reburial? A number of Grand Lodges
have gone out of their way to state that there are no significant differences in the ritual portrayal of the Legend of the Third Degree in any
jurisdiction anywhere in the world. Reburial, rather than resurrection, would change the meaning of ritual drastically. Consider the words found in
the monitor for Texas as one example:
The legend of the third degree has been considered of so much importance that it has been preserved in the symbolism of every Masonic rite. It
embodies the symbolic lesson of life, death and immortality.
No matter what modifications or alterations the general system may have suffered--no matter how much the ingenuity or the imagination of the founders
of rites may have perverted or corrupted other symbols, abolishing the old, and substituting new ones--the legend of the Temple Builder has ever been
left untouched, to present itself in all the integrity of its ancient mythical form.
Monitor of the Lodge, (Texas), 1982, p.78
There is another, more significant reason why many Masons deny that the resurrection of Hiram is the only valid interpretation of Masonic ritual. For
those Masons who want to believe that they are Christians, the difficulty is obvious. If they admit that they have been meeting in secret to reenact
the death, burial and resurrection of Hiram Abiff, it will be unlikely that other Christians will accept them as a brother in Christ. If they
themselves understand the Gospel, the obvious mockery of it would be a source of conflict in the minds of any of them who are even nominal Christians.
Barring repentance, denial is a necessity for these men. To acknowledge resurrection as the teaching of ritual and then remain involved in Freemasonry
would mean admitting, at least to themselves, that they are not genuine Christians. Does being in denial make them Christians in God’s sight?
Consider Matthew 7:21-23 and Matthew 28:18-20.
Hiram Abiff - the Masonic Savior?
The Grand Lodge of Kentucky provides unmistakable evidence that Freemasonry teaches, not only that there are many different saviors for various
peoples, but that Hiram Abif is considered a savior for Freemasons. The context is a discussion of various world religions.
All believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a state or successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator
or Redeemer, by whom the Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconciled to His creatures. The belief was general that He was to be
born of a virgin and suffer a painful death. The Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kioun-tse; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans, Dhouvanai;
the Egyptians, Horus; Plato, Love; the Scandinavians, Balder; the Christians, Jesus; Masons, Hiram. It is interesting that the "small hill west of
Mount Moriah" has been identified as Golgotha, or Mount Calvary.
Kentucky Monitor, pp. XIV-XV, 5th-15th editions.
Masonry teaches that Jesus is not unique. Notice the parallel sentence structure: Hindus - Krishna, . . Christians - Jesus, Masons - Hiram. They
clearly are teaching that Krishna is a savior for Hindus, Jesus is a savior for Christians and Hiram Abiff is a savior for Masons. The teaching that
Hiram is the Masonic savior is found in more than a few books distributed throughout the Masonic system. Consider the words of Masonic author, Lynn
Therefore Masonry teaches that redemption and salvation are both the power and the responsibility of the individual Mason. Saviors like Hiram Abiff
can and do show the way, but men must always follow and demonstrate, each for himself, his power to save himself, to build his own spiritual fabric in
his own time and way. Every man in essence is his own savior and redeemer; for if he does not save himself, he will not be saved. The reader who
succeeds in getting back to the real teachings of the masters, including Jesus of Nazareth, will find unanimity of thinking on this matter.
The Meaning of Masonry, p. 95
How will Masons get into heaven?
A number of Masonic Grand Lodges have distributed educational material to new members which explains how they will gain entry into heaven. The name
Jesus Christ is never mentioned. Consider these words found in the monitors of Kansas, Wisconsin and the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma:
Let all the energies of our minds and the affections of our souls be employed in the attainment of our Supreme Grand Master’s approbation, that when
the hour of our dissolution draws nigh and the cold winds of death come sighing around us, and his chill dew glistens on our foreheads, may we with
joy obey the summons of the Grand Warden of Heaven and go from our labors here on earth to everlasting refreshment in the Paradise of God, where, by
the benefit of a pass, a pure life, and a firm reliance on Divine Providence, we shall gain a ready admission into the Celestial Lodge above, where
the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides, where seated at the right hand of our Supreme Grand master, he will be pleased to pronounce us just
and upright Masons.
Murrow Masonic Monitor and Ceremonies (Oklahoma), 1997, p.90
Other Grand Lodge monitors contain similar text which contains a phrase which may have caused some Masons to mistakenly believe that Freemasonry lifts
up Jesus Christ as the way to salvation. Notice the phrase - Lion of the tribe of Judah - and how it is used.
With the trowel spread liberally the cement of brotherly love; circumscribed by the compasses, let us ponder well our words and actions, and let all
the energies of our minds and the affections of our souls be employed in the attainment of our Supreme Grand Master’s approbation. Then, when our
dissolution draws nigh, and the cold winds of death come sighing around us, and his chill dews already glisten upon our foreheads, with joy shall we
obey the summons of the grand warden of Heaven and go from our labors on earth to eternal refreshment in the paradise of God, where, by the benefit of
the pass of a pure and blameless life and an unshaken confidence in the merits of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, shall we gain ready admission into
the celestial lodge where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides; there, placed at His right hand, He will be pleased to pronounce us just and
upright Masons. Then, my brethren . . all the soul shall experience shall be perfect bliss, and all it shall express shall be perfect praise. . .
The Official Monitor (Illinois) 1962, pp. 77-78
The Official Monitor is distributed by the Grand Lodge of Illinois to Masons who are Jews, Moslems, Hindus, men who have no faith other than in a
Supreme Being, as well as men who claim to be Christians. How would each of these groups of men interpret this text? Notice that it clearly states
that they will gain entry into heaven. This teaching is applied to all Masons, not just those who claim to be Christians. Therefore, Jesus Christ
cannot be the common denominator. Notice that they speak of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, but they do not define the term in the monitor. One who
attempts to interpret the text from a Christian paradigm would likely equate the Lion of the tribe of Judah to Jesus Christ. He would be misled by
attempting to interpret Freemasonry using a non-Masonic paradigm. As will become clear, Freemasonry embraces a different meaning of the phrase.
Consider the words found in a Grand Lodge training manual produced to guide those who would nurture new Master Masons in the ways of Masonic
"light." The explanation includes statements that there are other mediators between God and man.
The lion, from the earliest times of recorded history, has been a symbol of might and royalty. It was placed on the standard of the Tribe of Judah
because it was the royal tribe of the Hebrew Nation. The Kings of Judah were, therefore, called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This was one of the
titles of King Solomon. This is the literal meaning of the term, but it also has a symbolic one. The Jewish idea of the Messiah was that of a mighty
temporal king. He was designated the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, for it was from this tribe that all rulers came. The expression does not, of
necessity, refer to Jesus of Nazareth, though the Christian Mason may so interpret the name if he desires. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah also
describes the Messiah of the Jewish Mason or the mediator of some of the ancient religions of the East whose worshippers are Masons. Freedom of choice
as to the application of these symbols is one of the reasons for the growth of Freemasonry over the centuries.
Mentor's Manual (Florida), page 24.
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is currently circulating a book by Oliver Day Street titled, Symbolism of the Three Degrees. The stated purpose for
circulating the book is for education and enlightenment. Circulation of their copies are limited to Pennsylvania Masons only. Quite a number of other
Grand Lodges, including some Canadian Grand Lodges, also recommend the book to their members. We have copies of the book which were reprinted
specifically for the Grand Lodges of other states. Those special reprints, in three separate volumes, are used to educate new Masons as they progress
through the Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason degrees of the Blue Lodge. A passage in the book closely parallels the words found in the
Florida Mentor’s Manual. Several statements are made concerning the existence of multiple mediators between God and man, as well as other
The lion from most ancient times has been a symbol of might or royalty. It was blazoned upon the standard of the tribe of Judah, because it was the
royal tribe. The kings of Judah were, therefore, each called Lion of the Tribe of Judah, and such was one of the titles of Solomon. Remembrance of
this fact gives appropriateness to an expression employed at one point in our ceremonies which is otherwise obscure, not to say absurd. Such is the
literal meaning of this phrase, but it also has a symbolical one. The Jewish idea of a Messiah was of a mighty temporal king. He was also designated
as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah; in fact this title was regarded as peculiarly belonging to him. This expression does not, as many Masons suppose,
necessarily have a reference to Jesus of Nazareth. The Christian Mason is privileged so to interpret it, if he likes, but the Jew has equal right to
understand it as meaning his Messiah. Indeed, every great religion of the world has contained the conception in some form of a Mediator between God
and man, a Redeemer who would raise mankind from the death of this life and the grave to an everlasting existence with God hereafter. The Mason who is
a devotee of one of these religions, say, Buddhism, Brahmanism or Mohammedanism, is likewise entitled to construe this expression as referring to his
Symbolism of the Three Degrees, pp. 154-155
Other books currently being circulated by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and recommended by other Grand Lodges contain the teaching that there are
various world saviors. Masonic author George Steinmetz explains exactly what the word "savior" means within the Masonic paradigm. The text is
contained in a chapter titled, The Messiah Concept:
There have been numerous prototypes of the perfect man, forerunners of the perfected race which is to come. In some way, for some unexplainable
reason, these prototypes came to be looked upon as "Saviors" rather than EXAMPLES."
The Lost Word Its Hidden Meaning, p. 124
It is of course true they are "saviors" in the sense that they exemplify what man CAN BE and what he is to BECOME, but they do not so much "save
men" as to point the way to "salvation."
The Lost Word Its Hidden Meaning, p. 124-5
We may discover why brief but glorious glimpses of what MAN MAY BE have been vouchsafed by such saviors as Osiris, Krishna, Jesus and Hiram.
The Lost Word Its Hidden Meaning, p. 158
The reason that Freemasonry admonishes its new members to imitate Hiram to get into heaven is that it considers Hiram to be an example showing the way
to salvation. Freemasonry teaches that each man is his own savior; it does not embrace the Christian teaching of substitutionary atonement.
Freemasonry teaches that Hiram and other saviors save only themselves. By imitating Hiram, following his example, Freemasonry teaches that Masons may
The resurrection of Hiram is also taught by The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania through the use of The Lost Word Its Hidden Meaning and other Masonic
books they circulate which contain similar teachings. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania uses the book to draw a parallel between Hiram and Jesus, just
as some other Grand Lodges do in their monitors.
Hiram, like Jesus, is subjected to three temptations which he withstands. He, like all the other saviors, loses his life in the contest between Right
and the Principle of Evil. He lies buried fifteen days in contrast to the three days Jesus is said to have been in the tomb. The manner of his
resurrection is dramatically different from all the others. Here, in fact, is a more enlightening example of resurrection than in any of the savior
The Lost Word Its Hidden Meaning, p. 156
The Masonic view of Jesus Christ
We could infer the position which Freemasonry takes with regard to Jesus Christ, but the Grand Lodges use Masonic literature to make that unnecessary.
So that Masons will not misunderstand, the Masonic position on the Son of God has been explained in no uncertain terms:
Masonry is UNIVERSAL and recognizes no CREEDS, taking truth wherever it is found. That Jesus, the man, lived is conceded by even a vast majority of
non-Christian creeds, the Jew acknowledges him to have been a Great Teacher. Some Christian creeds declare him to have been "conceived by the Holy
Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary," others refuse this dogma, attribute to him no supernatural birth and claim he "achieved Christ-hood." Occult
teaching largely agrees with this latter thesis and points to him as a "prototype" of the perfect man - the goal toward which the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE
is evolving. We are here referring to the Master strictly in that sense - one who has Mastered himself in the fullest sense of the expression.
The Lost Word Its Hidden Meaning, p. 74
Obviously, the heretical teaching that Jesus Christ is NOT the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5), that he is NOT the only redeemer and
savior (John 14:6), and that the name of Jesus is NOT the only name whereby men may be saved (Acts 4:12) is current Masonic teaching. This heresy is
not limited to an outdated edition of the Kentucky Monitor, as some "Christian" Masons have tried to claim. It is widespread, mainstream, Masonic
teaching. All a Mason has to do to uncover it is dig around in the lodge library.
If you are a Mason who claims to be a Christian, you have a simple choice to make:
You can stand with the church and defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
You can stand with the Lodge and defend a false plan of salvation which is based upon the imitation of Hiram Abiff.
Your choice will determine where you spend eternity.