Originally posted by NOTurTypical
"Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion and its teachings are instructions in religion." - Albert Pike
"The religion of Masonry is not Christianity." - Albert Mackey
Once again, quotes taken out of context, an assumption that because a Mason writes something down, he is speaking as an Authority for all of
Freemasonry and an overall fundamental lack of understanding about Masonry.
Masonry is NOT a religion. Want me to prove it? OK I will.
Religions claim to provide a path to Salvation; eternal life; Heaven.
While we as Masons hope to attain the afterlife, NO WHERE (that bears repeating) NO WHERE does Masonry claim "If you become a Mason you will go to
heaven" NO WHERE (We Masons like things that come in threes)
Masonry has NO "plan of salvation" That is left to the particular personal faith of the individual Mason. Many die-hard fundamentalists cannot
accept this, but it's the way it is.
Additionally, note that I said "personal" faith. That's what it is...the faith of the individual as a person. My personal faith is Trinitarian
Christian (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) but who am I to tell my Jewish Brethren that their faith is wrong? If they want to discuss religion with me,
I'm always glad to, but we don't do it in Lodge OR as Masons...we do it as individuals. And we DISCUSS it. We don't insult one another's faith
Reality: Masonry is a false substitute for genuine Christian fellowship.
No, the reality is those of us who are Christians enjoy genuine Christian fellowship. As Masons, we are a Fraternity (=Brotherhood) We accept
that the Almighty God created us....ALL of us, not just the ones who call themselves Christians. Remember Jesus said "Love one another" ????
That's what we do. We exercise Friendship, Morality and Brotherly Love. If my Brother is Jewish, or Muslim or whatever, that's between him and
God. But, he's still my Brother...in other words, my fellow human being.
"On this basis, Masonry unites men of every country, sect and opinion and conciliates true friendship among those who might have otherwise remained
at a perpetual distance" (That' a quote from Masonic ritual, by the way)
I do like your userid, by the way. I find it interesting...because you are quite typical of the others who've posted the same things you're posting
here. A search in the archives will show you what I mean.