Originally posted by FinalAccount2008
From what I've overstood, they make you worship a different deity at each degree. Which sounds great to me because of the love it could rise in an
individual but the entire scheme of having overlords pass down knowledge kinda urks me. Plus as a sidenote I bet there are some things they will do
that I would never do...
There are no different gods in the various degrees of Freemasonry.
In Freemasonry there are only 3 degrees.
Yep, that's right. Three. No magical 33rd degree that gets you a secret access card and decoder ring.
In Masonry, and the Blue Lodge in particular, there are only three "levels" of Masonry. That's the way it is for any lodge governed by the Grand
The common misconception comes from both the York and Scottish Rites, which seek to expand your Masonic "knowledge" through further study and
learning. In the York right, you can go up to the 13th degree, and in the Scottish, the well-known 33rd.
I have been involved in Masonry most of my life. Through the DeMolays to the Blue Lodge. My nickname at lodge is "Lewis"
. I am neither a member
of either the SR or the YR. You don't have to be a member of the SR or YR to me a Mason, but you must be a Mason to be in either.
In actuality, most
Masons never go past their local lodge. My Grandfather went through the Scottish Rite and my father went through the York
Rite. They got to see some pretty neat plays, they got to learn a few new handshakes, and they got to meet some awesome people (not to mention they
got the "honor" of paying even more dues every year
But I am just as much of a Mason as they were (both are deceased now). In the lodge, all are equal. I do plan on joining the SR one day, I just don't
have the time now to devote.
Also contrary to popular beliefs, religion isn't even allowed to be discussed in (my) lodge. So you wouldn't even hear about any specific god in any
local lodge I have visited. The Great Architect is a good enough name for us. It encompasses any deity you may believe in, while not singling any out
If only our government held the same values for others beliefs...
All of this is easily found on the interwebs. It always astonishes me that on this of all websites, where one is supposed to Deny Ignorance, that
people don't take the 10 minutes to research Masonry before they go about bashing it. (Not saying anyone in this thread has, everyone has been very
civil here. I am referring to basically every other thread I have read on here.)
I already know what is coming: "You aren't a 33rd degree so you don't know, you don't learn the truth until... blah, blah..."
My Grandfather was a 33rd degree Scott. He worked at the Salinas State Prison as an inmate counselor for over 20 years, and worked mainly with inmates
from C3. If there was any man trying to make this world a better place to live, my GP was definitely one of them. He would invite recently-released
inmates to stay on his property and work his small farm for him to help get their lives together before being thrown head-first back into society.
Members from more than 9 different gangs were present at his funeral, and not one violent word was spoken. A better man, I have never met.
I doubt that he was a blood-drinking, lucifer-worshiping satanist... and if he was, I doubt anyone that knew him would care.
To anyone asking questions about Masonry on a conspiracy board, give me your state, and I will set you up with a list of every lodge there. Look up a
local one. Talk to a Mason. Ask him what he has gotten out of it.
Don't ask a group of conspiracy theorists...
On a separate note though, lodges do
reserve the right to turn a candidate away. If they see something in you they really don't like, you will
not get in. Not everyone can be a Mason. And if they are accepted, not everyone is a good
Mason. There are always the ones that join "just to
find out" or to meet older businessmen. Yep, it happens.
I'm running out of characters here, so if you want any more info, PM me. I will be happy to answer any questions I am allowed to.
In short, the answer to the OP's question is different for every man.
It must be Friday... too much Scotch and I'm rambling... heh, ybysaia.
Time to go back to arguing about whether Iran is going to blow the world up or not...