reply to post by FriedBabelBroccoli
One of my favorite movies ever!
Your very name is similar to the problems with trying to hang Masonry by the rope of Christianity. You are attempting to take something almost
flawless and perfectly healthy (did you know Broccoli is the only known vegetable with certain DNA repairing molecules?), and turn it into something
unhealthy by way of attaching it to fats and breading.
Masonry is ancient, yet it has persevered, it is spiritual, yet not religious, it is secretive, yet open to anyone that inquires, it requires work,
but only as much as any one person is capable of, it uses allegory and symbology, so that one may reach their own conclusions according to their own
path. It is almost a perfect organization, and that is why it has persevered................. BUT you attempt to bread and fry it in Christianity?
Sure, many brothers are Christians, but Christians do not define the first 3 degrees and core concept of Masonry, any more than Crisco and Flour
I love the Christian teachings, but I am not a Christian, and my fraternity will not be battered and fried by the misconceptions about religion.
I hope I don't offend my Christian brethren, because as long as their chosen faith leads them where they want to go, then I respect it and admire
them, but for me, I don't understand how one can believe in evil, or belief Christ was infallible. Why would Jesus weep? Why would God be angry?
I was at a military funeral yesterday with the Patriot Guard, and the priest read some scripture that just made me scratch my head. Why would Jesus
weep at a grave, and why would the priest ask Jesus to weep with us? Shouldn't we be celebrating this person's reunification with God?
Luke 22:44 (KJV) And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground
Hebrews 5:7-9 (KJV)
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from
death, and was heard in that he feared;
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
And those who are premillennialists think that all people have to have the opportunity to accept Christ before Christ will return. That is the reason
for their "witnessing," and the reason for their crusades to bring Christianity to the world. It is the reason Christopher Columbus sailed. So, if
one has to have the opportunity to accept Christ, and most Christians would believe that infants and simpletons are not doomed to hell for their lack
of opportunity to understand the scripture, if that is the case, then why did Jesus weep again at Jerusalem?
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but
now it is hidden from your eyes.
There are Masons who are Christians, and nothing in Masonry conflicts with that belief, but it does not define Masonry, and therefore it does not work
as an argument against Masonry.
Now, if you want to argue against Christianity, and use some of the wisdom of Masonry as your ammunition, have at it, but it doesn't work in reverse.
The problems you keep bringing up are problems with the religion, not the fraternity.
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