posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 09:32 AM
It is not required that an incoming Mason going through the degrees take their degrees on the Holy Bible. In fact, we had a gentleman of another
monotheistic faith, and he took his degrees on his particular religion's holy scriptures. I think we had to check with the Grand Lodge, and received
approval just to be certain that it was acceptable.
Most Masons who go through the degrees, however, use the Holy Bible. In our state, there is also an exclusively Jewish Masonic Lodge, and I would
imagine that they use the Torah or Tanach as their Holy Scriptures for Masonic ceremony.
As far as the "ridiculous"-ness of the requirement of belief in a Supreme Being, I guess you are entitled to that opinion. Personally, I don't
think there is anything wrong with it, and in fact, I think it's pretty open-minded for Masons to allow people of different faiths to come together
for charitable, philanthropic, and fraternal purposes.
The alternative is to restrict membership to a particular religious faith - such as Methodists only, or Catholics only, etc. Or, the alternative
would be to open up the Lodge to people who don't believe in God (atheists) or to Satanists - and the Lodge's Masonic ceremonies do not align with
these belief systems. We all have a universal belief in a Supreme Being - In Christianity, meaning God.