You're not going to get actual rituals from a book on Amazon. Lodges can and actually do change their rituals and passwords every so often. You need
a copy of the ritual monitor for the grand lodge of your state.
Actually, this is patently false. Duncan's Ritual is a classic and explains the 3 Blue Lodge degrees in excruciating detail. The ritual is no
secret anymore - Anyone with a computer can read the ritual online if they know where to look, or simply purchase a copy on Amazon.
The differences geographically between various states are relatively minor.
I compared Duncan's Ritual with our ritual book for our Lodge, and it is nearly identical.
Changes in ritual are slow, and occur only with a vote at Grand Lodge. In the last 10 years, they have never changed the passwords in the state I
reside - In fact, I have never even once heard of the signs, tokens, and passwords changing - Ever.
Freemasonry involves dogma and theology.
No, it doesn't. It espouses a belief in a Supreme Being - That hardly involves espousing "theology". Freemasons simply don't want atheists in
their fraternity - Plain and simple. I find it actually humorous how people try to read more into it than what is really there.
Freemasonry is really not dogmatic at all. It uses allegory and symbolism to convey morals. When I think dogma, I think "in your face" and
"preaching". Freemasonry isn't preachy at all. In fact, it is quite tolerant and accepting of men of good character regardless of their religious
and political beliefs.
Discussion of religion and politics is not allowed in the lodge because they are imposing their own religion and political ideology onto members.
What political ideology does Freemasonry impose exactly? I am curious. Because I have never once made a vote based on Freemasonic "political"
ideology. Masonic Lodges have all kinds of people with various political bents - from liberal to conservative.
Freemasonry is not a religion. It's a fraternity. Big difference. There are rituals, but they are not religious in nature - They are simple
initiation rituals no different from a hundred other fraternities, with simple allegories and symbolism.
Too bad you don't see the hand of Freemasons in both sides of wars and other political conflicts.
Can you please provide proof with references? And please, no conspiracy web sites.
Do you really believe that the Masons in your local Lodge are controlling the Afghanistan war or the Iraq war? That's really funny.
Freemasonry teaches that man is saved through works, which is anti-Christian. Freemasonry contradicts the Bible. The only ritual with which a
Christian should concern himself should be Christian ritual.
First, there is never ever any discussion about being "saved" in Masonic ritual! Please show me proof where this is discussed. You can't, because
it doesn't exist. Masonic Ritual is not a Baptist revival!
Freemasonic ritual does not contradict the Bible. In fact, all the rituals in the Blue Lodge are based on the building of King Solomon's Temple -
Which is VERY Biblical.
I find it funny - Freemasonry promotes harmony, tolerance, humility, friendship, brotherhood, fraternity - All the same values promoted by Jesus
Christ. Freemasonry is very Christian in nature - moreso than many institutionalized versions of Christianity.
If King Solomon and his Temple are "Biblical in nature" then what are Hindus and Buddhists doing in the Masonic lodge?
First, there are very, very few Buddhists and Hindus in Masonic Lodges. Very few - At least in the USA.
Secondly, Freemasonry is tolerant - regardless of one's religious or political beliefs. As long as a man is of good character, and believes in God,
he is welcome in the Lodge. It doesn't matter if he is Jewish, Protestant, Hindu, Baptist, Catholic, etc. He just has to be of good moral
character, and believe in God.
I would tend to think that most Buddhists and Hindus would be uninterested in Masonry. Nevertheless, I am sure there are a few in some Lodges,
although rare. Most Masons, from my experience, are Protestant or Catholic, not Hindu or Buddhist.