reply to post by milkyway12
Number one - "monotheistic gods" is an oxymoron.
Second - Jesus didn't say, "End a prayer with my name or you will go to hell."
The problem with fundamentalist Christianity is the belief that you can't truly go to heaven unless you actively condemn others to hell.
As a Christian with an immovable faith in the TEACHINGS of Jesus I have found Freemasonry to be the most powerful and inspirational factor in
improving my faith.
Freemasonry is not only compatible with Christianity, it's lessons can be an amazing way to truly understand our purpose, our lives and our
If "Christians" would stop listening to lying cult "evangelicals" you would realize that Jesus NEVER SAID any of the things that modern
evangelical Christianity pushes on people.
Augustine, Constantine, the "church" and the likes of King James have bastardized, manipulated and re-written Jesus' sayings and teachings in order
to subordinate weak-minded persons into service of the CHURCH and not God's children.
The murderer Constantine is the one who introduced the cross into Christian worship. Do you really think Jesus wants you to revere his murder
Augustine introduced "hell" into the "Christian" religion because too many people were figuring out that it was more important to love others than
bow down to the church.
Jesus told you LITERALLY an PRECISELY what you are to do. You are to love God and love one another. PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE.
The problem with nonsense-spewing fundamentalism (ESPECIALLY on this board) is that you understand deep down that you are lashing out against anyone
and anything that doesn't share your misguided fear of eternal damnation.
When an organization comes along that tells people to love on another as brothers and sisters, relieve the suffering of others, to pursue the Truth
aggressively and without ceasing and to simply accept another man's path even if it doesn't match yours... well you think it must be condemned and
Either Jesus died to save the world and forgive mankind's sins, or he didn't. Either the kingdom of God is here, now and within you like He said,
or he lied. Either your ONLY PURPOSE as a person and as a "Christian" is to love and serve others like He said, or he lied.
God is love. God is not fear. God hates none of his children. God is not going to damn or burn anyone.
So yes, speaking for myself, not only is Christianity compatible with Freemasonry, it is enhanced in a mighty way when men learn to abandon religious
zeal, break off the superfluous bits of their imperfect selves, stop condemning out of ignorance and trust in God.
What you 'believe' is completely irrelevant to what actually exists.
Take time to talk to, and read about, people who have actually died and been in the presence of God (or in the case of Christians, Jesus).
Contemplate it carefully.
Think about the way your words and actions hurt others and instill fear. It is literally and absolutely true that you will confront your own actions
when you die. You will experience the hurt, pain and fear from the perspective of the other person.
If you don't believe ANYTHING else, believe what Jesus said. Nothing will remain hidden. Everything will be revealed.
There isn't a hell. There isn't eternal damnation. There is, however, accountability for your actions.
I think many masons come to understand this in a real way. There are no 'secrets' in Freemasonry that have not been given to mankind over and over
again. God is our father. We are his children. The only thing that matters is love, and the active part of love which is service and charity.
I will make a deal with any Christian that thinks it's important to scare folks in order to save them. If there is a hell and a Satan I will make my
last request a comfortable armchair so you can sit comfortably and smugly with a tall cool glass of lemonade while I am roasted for eternity.