Originally posted by dnaobs
Wow, i'm surprised at how many freemasons there are on this board. I'm a little curious as to how they view the bible and jesus? It seems like you
take some parts as truth? What about Islam? How can masonry reconcile two very different belief systems and doctrines?
Different Masons have different views on those subjects. As touching religion, each individual has his own. As for me personally, I find much in the
Bible that is inspiring. However, I do not view that particular collection of books as inerrant, or any sort of absolute Word of God, and much of it
is mythological in nature.
As for Jesus, I believe he was a real person that taught some really good stuff. Later, he was deified by his followers, and I consider the story of
his death and resurrection to be a sun myth, a Hebrew version of the Egyptian myth of Osiris or Persian Mithras.
How do you explain quotes like these?
"To you, Sovereign Instructors of Grade 33, we tell you: you have to repeat
to the brothers of inferior grades that we worship only one God to whom we
pray without superstition. It is we, Initiated in the Supreme Grade, that are to keep the real Masonic religion preserving pure the Lucifer
- Albert Pike
That one is easily explainable, as it is not a quote from Pike, but is an anti-Masonic hoax, created by a French anti-Mason named Leo Taxil.
Fictions are necessary to the people, and the Truth becomes deadly to those who are not strong enough to contemplate it in all its brilliance.
In fact, what can there be in common between the vile multitude and sublime wisdom? The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching
proportioned to their imperfect reason.
- Illustrious Albert Pike 33°
Sovereign Grand Commander
This, unlike the first, is a legitimate quote, but is somewhat misleading because those are not Pike's personal words. Instead, Pike was quoting
Synesius, Bishop of Ptolemaïs.
You must conceal all crimes of your brother Masons...and should you be summoned as a witness against a brother Mason be always sure to shield him...It
may be perjury to do this, it is true, but you're keeping your obligations.
Handbook of Masonry, page 183
Ronayne was an anti-Mason, the book is an anti-Masonic work, and his words are not legitimate.
Manly P Hall describing the core belief of Freemasonry, the New Age Movement and the coming One World Religion: The Lost Keys of Freemasonry (1923)
"Masonry is a university, teaching the liberal arts and sciences of the soul to all ... It is a shadow of the great Atlantean Mystery School, which
stood with all its splendor in the Ancient City of the Golden Gates, where now the turbulent Atlantic rolls in unbroken sweep ... . When the Mason
learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his Craft. The
seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy."
Ya, sounds like a lovely little cult.
This is again misleading because it joins two separate passages, and cuts Hall off in the middle of what he was saying, leaving no explanation as to
what he meant. Here is the "Lucifer" passage in its entirety:
The day has come when Fellow Craftsmen must know and apply their
knowledge. The lost key to their grade is the mastery of emotion,
which places the energy of the universe at their disposal. Man can
only expect to be entrusted with great power by proving his ability
to use it constructively and selflessly. When the Mason learns
that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application
of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his
Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and
before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to
properly apply energy. He must follow in the footsteps of his
forefather, Tubal-Cain, who with the mighty strength of the war god
hammered his sword into a plowshare. Incessant vigilance over
thought, action, and desire is indispensable to those who wish to
make progress in the unfolding of their own being, and the Fellow
Craft's degree is the degree of transmutation. The hand that slays
must lift the fallen, while the lips given to cursing must be
taught to pray. The heart that hates must learn the mystery of
compassion, as the result of a deeper and more perfect
understanding of man's relation to his brother. The firm, kind
hand of spirit must curb the flaming powers of emotion with an iron
grip. In the realization and application of these principles lies
the key of the Fellow Craft.
Also, it should be fairly noted that when Hall wrote the book, he himself was not even yet a Mason.
This kinda stuff reminds of Jehovah witnesses and Mormons because if they'd just educate themselves about the founding of their belief before they
get to involved, they might still have enough reason to perceive the fallacy of what their entire belief system is based upon.
So are we to believe that you
have thus examined your own belief system, and found it infallible?