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Originally posted by billmcelligott
Correct me if I am wrong here but you can be a pagan without believing in Satan.
Originally posted by MrNECROS
Was the 30th Degree Mason you interviewed a "Commander of The Council of Kadosh" or just a regular Knight Kadosh?
I'm quite interested in this layer of Freemasonry (Areopagus) at the moment - its quite a long way up the tree so to speak, these people are usually responsible for co-ordinating things on a State or greater regional basis, relatively few of them as far as I'm aware.
Mind you you will hear the exact opposite from the Masons on this board (no rank higher than Master Mason etc...)
Originally posted by Masonic Light
I'm not quite sure what you mean. The Grand Lodge of India is recognized by all US Grand Lodges, and its members are predominantly Hindus, i.e., "pagans". There are also many Hindu Masons in the United States. One Brother, of Indian origin, is a regular contributor to the Scottish Rite Journal, and holds the 33°. Would he be unwelcomed in your Lodge because he is "pagan"?
Originally posted by theron dunn
Jase, my grand lodge ONLY requests that to be a candidate, a man profess a belief in A supreme being, however he knows him. I has been decided that even a Hindu, who may believe in several "gods", that really, all those "gods" are the same, just various "faces"...
In other words, we do not ask HOW a man knows god, only that he profess a belief in god.
Originally posted by JaseP
Actually, I'm not sure I was correct on the deist thing,... I believe the requirement is not only a belief in a Supreme Being, but that the Supreme Being has an interest in the affairs of mankind... At least as far as the Ahiman Rezon implies in Chapter I, Sec. I. A true deist does not believe that the creator God takes any consideration in creation after having created it... and so runs afoul of the whole requirement in belief in a God who is concerned with the moral conduct of mankind.
Hindus are recognized as having a Supreme Being (Brahman???, I believe). While Hinduism recognizes other "gods", one Hindu I know has told me that it is a misconception that it is a polytheistic religion... Apparently, Hinduism teaches that all things are God, and so that the lesser gods are just an extention of the greater existance of God... So I suppose the answer is a little more complex than characterizing Hinduism as paganism.