Originally posted by spirit7
There is absolutely nothing wrong with discussing religion, in fact it should be encouraged! I can sit down with anybody who studies the Koran and
have a very enlightening conversation with them. The only reason that I keep stating Jesus Christ over and over again on here to Christian masons is
so that they can see that it's ok to praise him, and not some "supreme being". Here's the kicker, if I were to sit down and have a OPEN discussion
with a follower of the Koran I would not push Jesus Christ on them!
You are completely missing the point here. As I said above, I have a very close Jewish friend. We DO discuss religion, on our own time. Religious
discussion is NOT a part of a Lodge Meeting, any more than during my business hours at work would be. See? What I do on my own free time is my
business, not works and not the Lodges' business. See?
Christian Masons DO praise and worship Jesus Christ. But a Lodge meeting is NOT a religious and no one & nothing is "praised." A Lodge
meeting is either an initiation of a new member into the organization (teaching of the basic symbolism, history and so forth) or a business meeting
(pay the bills, make donations to various people and entities, argue over Lodge funds, appoint committees and other really, well, "exciting"
Unbelieveable how christian freemasons cannot see this but you're right. It just felt good to get my father-in-law in to church the past couple of
weeks so that we both could stand beside one another and praise Jesus Christ.
It's a good thing, in my opinion, that you got him into Church if he wasn't attending regularly. But this has zero to do with the Masonic Lodge
which is a fraternity and not a religion.
Should your father-in-law stand around and praise Jesus (as you say) in a P.T.A. meeting? or perhaps at local Republicans meeting? (hey, I'm from
Cape Girardeau, home of Rush Limbaugh!)
Worship is done in church and in one's private life. Work is a time for work, PTA is a time for addressing school issues, a Republicans meeting
is a time for finding a decent candidate for this year's election (Heaven help us)
All I can do is pray for you guys and try to "just lovem" because obviously these attempts on the forum just pushes you away.
Which brings up another point. This forum is for secret society discussion, not "convert to Jesus, you heathens!" I wish you could see that
Freemasonry is a fraternity, not a religion and not a substitute for religion.
Hopefully he will continue to go to church so that a light will go off in his head and say hey LEAVE FREEMASONRY! Jesus is always going to keep on
throwing olive branches our way.
Freemasonry not only DOES NOT conflict with one's personal faith, it CAN NOT conflict with one's personal faith if one fully understands
If your father-in-law (or any Mason for that matter) has allowed Freemasonry to become his "religion" he's missed the point entirely and SHOULD