posted on Jan, 12 2009 @ 02:56 AM
The most fundamental issue I think involves Integrity, with a capital I.
As men, and I don't care WHO you are, we all lose integrity, relative to the wholeness and perfection, and holiness of God, and if the twin pillars
represent on the one hand, justice, and on the other, mercy, then the stand is in Jesus Christ.
Like I said, all the work is complete in him, and all the mysteries of the ages is contained in him.
I just finished attending an intensive three day seminar called the Landmark Forum, which was very good and an excellent framework, but it finally
ends, in a lie, namely, that life is empty and meaningless when placed within an unfolding present moment relative to an as yet unborn future realm of
all possibility, and while that domain of uncertainty is a powerful place to get to, it invites the individual to consider HIMSELF the only one who
can assign a meaning to life and in fact is compelled to do so at all times as nothing but a meaning creating "machine".
The only problems that I can tell in regards to Jesus as an expression of the infinite Godhead's action in our world, is one, the apparent exclusive
nature of an all inclusive proposition, and two, the extent and the degree to which the resolution to the problem of human evil is curative, and
therefore highly offensive to the pride of man.
More and more I can see that everything and all the treasure of heaven and the ancient mysteries and the wisdom of the ages resides in an effective
appropriation of the meaning and import of the teachings and the work of Christ.
We are only just beginning to understand what it represents I believe, and so that is definitely the route I will take, and if I became a Mason, I
would in effect steal their symbols and recast them in a Christian light, and I guess they'd have to kill me or something for spilling the beans and
betraying their confidence.
However, in so far as I am convinced that all those mysteries have already been fully appropriated by Jesus' own interpretation, summed up on the
cross and in actual resurrection life, then I'll just stick to that.
How Christian believers can get right into it however, is beyond me.
Even this Landmark Forum in effect involved a baptism into a type of experiencial death and resurrection - absent Christ, and I'm all but certian
that the Masons do the same thing at the Third Degree even though most do not fully understand the meaning and the purpose of the ritual.
"Apart from me you can do nothing."
[edit on 12-1-2009 by OmegaPoint]