posted on Dec, 3 2010 @ 11:51 AM
I am both a Christian and a mason (though presently inactive). How "high-level" am I in either? The only way to judge that is by judging my
I personally believe that Masonry is compatible with my Christian faith; at least as compatible as my AAA membership, my paying into social security,
or my kids' involvement in scouting.
I want to mention several of the eternally recurring accusations against masonry, and my response.
1. Oaths are incompatible with Christianity; ergo, Masonry is evil.
While I rarely provide binding oaths, I do for others' benefit. Jesus tells me to let my yes be yes, and my no be no. But sometimes, the
person requiring the oath needs more from me. If my wife asks me where I was, sometimes a simple "yes" doesn't suffice.
In ancient Hebrew culture, they had this same problem. If you read Joshua, Judges, Ruth, etc., you will see the oath like this: "May the God who
lives, YHVH, do thus and so to me, and even worse, if I fail to do as I have promised." One such oath in the Old Testament is actually the model for
Masonic oaths. If you listen to them carefully, you are not promising to cut other people in half---you are saying it the Bible way---"may such and
such be done to me...."
That is a pretty serious way of talking. Because over the centuries, a lot of curious kids have asked to join the masons, and promised to keep the
secrets, but weren't really intending to do so. Just like witnesses on the stand in a courtroom. Exactly like that, actually....
If you look at Matthew 5, the point Jesus is making is about integrity. Those oaths that outsiders object to, are actually an incredible teaching
tool masonry uses to teach the initiate about ..... integrity.
My short answer is this: Was Paul a good Christian? If so, please explain his oath in Galatians 1:20 (which sounds like it may have been a model for
certain masonic oaths) Apparently, there are moments in life where an oath is appropriate?
2. If masonry is wholesome, it wouldn't need to be secret
Seriously? I think that Carpenter showed pretty conclusively in Born in Blood that masonry comes from a time when it was illegal for
any non-priest to read the Bible for himself. The fact that one of the symbols of masonry is an open Bible pretty much says it all. One of the
things I cherish about the lodge is that I can discuss my philosophy, politics, and religion, and everyone there has promised not to run around saying
what I said in there. In many countries, this is a priceless gift, which is why masonry is so popular in certain Muslim countries.
From my research (and I was active in a Lodge of Research at one point), I am convinced that masonry hearkens back to a time when there was NO freedom
of speech, which was the reason for secret meetings, and a secret membership. The fact that a Bible is open in the lodge (later a "holy book")
would have cost every man in the room his life before the Reformation. In fact, I am convinced that masonry helped bring about the
3. You are just a low-level mason, so you don't know jack
Instead of posting my credentials, for you to second-guess, let my ask you a question. Do you think I am the only mason at my lodge who has no clue?
Although I am not active right now, I know the guys from church and socially, and they are pretty stand-up guys. Are you asking me to believe that
they are all, to a man, satanists? come on!
Or are you saying that most of them are hoodwinked, too? If that is true, and there are over 100 guys in my lodge, then ....most masons are not
evil... They'd be like 99 good guys for every secret satanist; probably about like most churches, certainly no worse that many government