Originally posted by Smudge
Which brings us rather neatly back to the subject at hand.
What information did the secret societies have that forced them to be so secret?
Were they genuinley builders, their secrets lodged firmly in their architecture?
They had to be secret. If you study the history of Orthodox Christianity, you can see that there is a lot in there that is just entirely illogical,
impossible and unthinkable. Yet the Church was forcing people to believe in lies and if they even showed a glimmer of disagreement, they were put to
When you have such a situation as this, nothing can progress - even science was not allowed, as it may have found answers that disagreed with Church
deviation from Church doctrine had to be kept secret.
Once Orthodoxy became the norm, man was literally stifled of free thought. We call the Dark ages "dark" because they literally were, in the context
of thought. In my opinion, orders such as Freemasonry sprang up to counter this stifling of mankinds very essence - his freewill, his imagination and
his very ability to think for himself.
Without a doubt - freemasons were also genuine builders. There is evidence of masons being teachers on the architectural sites that they built.
I do not dispute a feminine side to Christianity, but I do believe that you are looking in the wrong place when you look at Magdalene. She may well
have been Jesus' wife, but she was not in anyway divine - nor was Jesus himself until well into the 4th Century, after the Council of Nicea. The
conspiracy surrounding Magdalene concerns her as a physical force - the possible heir to Jesus's bloodline and therefore a continuation of royal
blood. She is not a figure that would merit worship as a divinity; early Christians didn't look at Jesus as divine and they certainly wouldn't have
looked on Magdalene as anything else other than a royal personage. If you're taking the view that she is Isis, it actually contradicts the argument.
viewed as divine. The Virgin Mary, on the other hand, could be viewed as being at least semi-divine as her recent elevation to
Imaaculate Mother of God by the Vatican shows.
It should also be remembered that it is The Virgin Mary who is always said to appear in the visions that have supposedly occured throughout history,
therefore reinforcing her status as a goddess figure. Coincidentally, the majority of these visions occured in Middle Ages France, right in the area
where the Black Madonnas are more populous.
[Edited on 28-5-2004 by Leveller]