posted on Jan, 11 2011 @ 10:46 AM
reply to post by vcwxvwligen
So, in your opinion, what is the status of Christianity in America?
My personal opinion, without any connection to Masonry, is that Christianity in America is almost unrecognizeable. I have very little respect for any
religion, and in truth I respect the zealots and fanatics moreso than the moderates. That is not to say that I agree with the zealots and fanatics,
but I admire their willingness to stand behind their belief in the face of criticism.
My personal opinion on modern Christians is they have lost their identity. They cannot define themselves as "Christians" and still be moderate in
their views on Christ. At the most basic level, a "Christian" must believe Christ was the lamb, son, and sacrifice of God. Therefore he must be
without sin and infallible in his word. So, at the most basic level, to define yourself as a Christian, and then believe that there is any other
possible avenue to heaven would be contradictory. Most modern Christians have a moderate view and a lot of tolerance for other religions or the
popular term "spiritual" instead of religious. I believe that moderation will be the downfall of the religion over time.
That was a little bit off-topic, so let me bring it back to Masonic teaching. Here in America, we are mostly Christian, but we do not require a
belief in Christ, we have Jewish members and Muslim members, and even some undefined "spiritual" members like myself. As long as you believe in
"one, everliving God" then you qualify to be a Mason. Therefore, your God can be called Christ, Buddha, God, Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, or any other
number of names, so long as he/she is the one, everliving God.