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God told Abraham to take his son Isaac to the land of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering. 1After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I." 2He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." (Gen. 22:1-2) So Abraham cut the wood for the offering and took two men to accompany him and Isaac close to the place of sacrifice. 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; and he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off. (Gen. 22:3-4) He and Isaac went the rest of the way alone. 5Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the ass; I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you." (Gen. 22:5) He gave the wood to Isaac to carry and readied himself with fire and a knife. 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. (Gen. 22:6) When Isaac cried out to his father, where is the lamb for the burnt offering? Abraham replied God will provide the lamb. 7And Isaac said to his father Abraham, "My father!" And he said, "Here am I, my son." He said, "Behold, the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" 8Abraham said, "God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So they went both of them together. (Gen. 22:7-8) Then he built an altar, bound Isaac, laid him on the altar, and covered him with wood. He was ready to slay his son with the knife. 9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. (Gen. 22:9-10) But an angel told him to stop. God was satisfied that his fear was strong enough to sacrifice his only son. 11But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here am I." 12He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me." (Gen. 22:11-12)
Originally posted by Skippy1138
So Pike never wrote a book called "Morals and Dogma"? That was all a hoax by some French guy?
How come none of the other Masons in the thread said that? Why are you the first one?
One said you just had to know the "context" of where Pike was coming from.You say it was all a hoax. Which is it?
(By the way, I'm not trying to be confrontational, just trying to understand, since there seem to be some conflicting viewpoints even among the Masons here...)
Revelations 20:12 "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."
Originally posted by PronoEast
Mason’s View: ... a person will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement.
Originally posted by JoshNorton
If you've been invited to join, then that's a major offense. We're not supposed to recruit, you have to ask to join.