Originally posted by Jagedline
If I was Christian, this point can't be reconciled, it is wrong and I have to accept it as such.
How would/did you handle this if it should arise? What would you do if the person you planned on marrying asked you to take wedding vows?
Just because your friends have no issue with it, this does not make this okay in the eyes of their creator does it?
I suppose this is up to their personal interpertation of the Bible. I have seen many people infer different meanings from the same passages. In the end, however, it is not my concern as their own spirituality is not for me to judge.
You took the oath correct?
If so you swore that you would not reveal the secrets. If you do reveal the secrets what is the punishment? Rather brutal isn't it?
It is also revealed to the candidate, prior to taking said oaths, that they are strictly symbolic. I do not expect someone to come along and sever my body in twain.
If we stick to the Christian religion, isn't the human body considered a "Temple of God" ? If it is, does the Christian have the right or authority to allow another to desecrate that Temple?
If the person understands that the oaths are purely symbolic then I believe they have no fear of their 'Temple' being desecrated.
The above is another example of the contradictions I mentioned. Of course you might say that you took the oath BUT no one would ever dream of following through with the punishment.
No one ever has had the punishment applied to them for breaking the oaths. It is soley your conscience which bears the burden of breaking your obligation.
If one is truly a Christian how do they resolve these issues?
Not being one I can not truthfully answer that. There are other Masons who post here who are and I am sure they would be happy to answer that question for you.
Maybe I am just intolerant and a fundamentalist. It must be that the Bible is a book of suggestions not the Word of God.
Your own adherence to the Bible is your perogative and I do not look down on anyone who chooses to follow it more loosely or closely. It is their intolerance of myself and others that I find troublesome.