Originally posted by network dude
I invite you to search beyond what you think you know of Freemasonry. It's painfully obvious that your sources of information are a bit jaded to say
the least. Masonry has no agenda to remove religious beliefs, only to strengthen ones bond with their creator. Even if a fundamentalist site says
Let me offer my view. Freemasonry has many good intentions. It does not weigh a man on his religious doctrine, his wealth, his fame, or any other
social stature. It welcomes all men who are free born, of good rapport, and who come well recommended. It asks that all enter according to their own
free will and accord. All these things seem good.
Once you have attained the degrees you are known as a Brother and you set out to do good works. These works are based on Friendship, morality, and
Brotherly Love. All these things seem good.
When you close the lodge you are reminded that all men have a claim on your kind offices. Which seems good.
Then you are hit with the clause "Most especially the Brethren in Masonry". What??
It seems a trivial point and one which makes sense. Of course you should favor those you know will love and cherish you in equal regard, right?
Now allow me to remind you of Christs teachings on who to love:
"27But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which
despitefully use you. 29And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take
thy coat also. 30Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. 31And as ye would that men should do
to you, do ye also to them likewise. 32For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33And if ye
do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what
thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing
again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36Be ye
therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful."
Think on it.
I cannot express the amount of love and devotion I have shared with my Brethren in Masonry. I have been a most zealous defender of the organisation, I
have devoted countless hours to it's service, I have done all that one man can do to show his loyalty to the order. I have done my share of "good"
in the order. I saw no faults in it.
That was before I could see. That was before I could see that it is a Temple of Division. Who dares decide who is a Brother and who is not? Did the
creator not already make that decision when he decided to give you the life you have? Did he not welcome you into the Brotherhood of Man just as every
man before you? What is this division and what man has the vanity to divide that which God himself has brought together?
Before you think that I condemn, I do not. I only offer you thoughts to ponder. I would offer the same thoughts to the Catholic who sequesters behind
the oak doors with his "Brethren", I would offer the same thoughts to consider to the Mohamedan who kneels with his "Brethren" at the setting sun.
I would off the same thoughts to consider to any man or woman who finds any reason to divide him or herself into groups that divide them from the
common flock of Mankind. In these divisions who do you serve? Is the Father of all Mankind, or is it someone else?