posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 03:45 PM
As the whole thread has been referring to mainly Abrahamic religions, I would like to offer a different perspective.
I am a Freemason ( just had my raising a couple of weeks ago), but shock horror I am a Buddhist. Ask 100 people to define God and you may possibly get
100 different definitions and as no one truly knows the name of God, we simply use the word God as a reference.
I'll use a bit of Buddhist philosophy to illustrate - you look at a building and say this is a house, you have a feeling as to what 'house' is and you
believe that your feeling, the word house and the object itself is 'house', but wait, that building next door is also called a house but it does not
have much resemblance to yours. We now have a problem, your neighbours 'house' is in conflict with your 'house'.
The solution to this is simple, take away from each 'house' that which is not 'house'. Remove the timber for it is 'timber' and not 'house', remove
the glass, the bricks, the foundation et al and you are left with the true nature of 'house'. You then look at your neighbour and realise that you now
share the same concept of 'house'
This works the same for different religions, we pack so much crap around our beliefs that we tend to forget that which is the essence of our faith and
that is our divine connection to that which is the source of alll.
In short my fellow Brethren are trying to say, that as a Mason we leave the crap at the door and focus on that which is Divine and unites us.
Hope that made sense
edit on 17-12-2012 by Jamjar because: (no reason given)