reply to post by defcon5
I appreciate your opinions, and I appreciate the fact that you adhere strictly to your Christian beliefs. I think that is lacking in many Christian
I still disagree with you. We do not die and get reborn into Masonry, although we do act out the death of a former Mason, it is allegory and
symbolism and commitment to one's ideals. It does not forgive us of our sins, nor promise us any reward in Heaven.
Also, we do not pray to a "generic" God. We pray to the "one, ever-living creator of the Universe.
" As you said, that may not seem
significant, but what you call generic, I call semantics. To me, someone can call the Creator by any name, and it is still the same creator.
Muhammed and Jesus worshipped the same creator by different names, and so do the Jews, and in my opinion so do the Hindus and Native Americans, and
The big disconnect between me and Christians, and hardcore Christians and Masons is the steadfast requirement to accept that Jesus Christ died for my
sins, and Jesus Christ is the only
way to the Father/Creator. This I do not believe. I also do not believe God is active in our lives. I
believe God created us with a purpose, and laid out many clues, and offers up opportunities for self-growth and enlightenment, and even answers our
prayers if we are willing to listen, but that is the end of the involvement. I don't believe in any kind of damnation or hell, although I believe if
we refuse to evolve spiritually, we eventuallly run out of opportunities and cease to exist on any level. but that is just my belief, not Masonry.
Still, there would be nothing in Masonry that would conflict with your belief. You would be welcome to pray to Jesus, signoff in Jesus' name, and
profess your life to Jesus, and that would not conflict with anything in Masonry, and in fact the majority of Masons I know have done exactly that.
My Lodge is about 99% Baptist, with 1 Jew, and a couple of murkier Deists like me, and some of them are just as steadfast in their beliefs as you are,
but true to Masonry, they do not try to convert anyone to their beliefs, and they also do not dilute their own beliefs in any way. They are who they
are, openly, and honestly, but not assertively nor offensively, and they respect others who act similarly, and anyone that cannot be respectful and
exist in harmony does not belong in Masonry.