posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 11:05 AM
Possibly the greatest single volume written on Freemasonry is Wilmhurst's The Meaning of Masonry (1920). In it, he reveals what has become patently
clear to many of us (although many masons - including several here, reject). Have a look at page 45 (Kindle edition):
"The name Hiram Abiff signifies in Hebrew "the teacher (Guru, or enlightened one) from the Father": a fact which may help you still further to
recognize the concealed purpose of the teaching. Under the name of Hiram, then, and beneath a veil of allegory, we see an allusion to another Master;
and it is this Master, this Elder Brother who is alluded to in our lectures, whose "character we preserve, whether absent or present," i.e., whether
He is present to our minds or no, and in regard to whom we "adopt the excellent principle, silence," lest at any time there should be among us
trained in some other than the Christian Faith, and to whom on that account the mention of the Christian Master's name might possibly prove an
offence or provoke contention."
Further, from page 44:
"In Masonry that prototype is Hiram Abiff: but it must be made clear that there is no historical basis whatever for the legendary account of Hiram's
death. The entire story is symbolical and was purposely invented for the symbolical purposes of our teaching. If you examine it closely you will
perceive how obvious the correspondence is between this story and the story of the death of the Christian Master related in the Gospels; and it is
needless to say that the Mason who realizes the meaning of the latter will comprehend the former and the veiled allusion that is implied. In the one
case the Master is crucified between the two thieves; in the other he is done to death between two villains. In the one case appear the penitent and
the impenitent thief; in the other we have the conspirators who make a voluntary confession of their guilt and were pardoned, and the others who were
found guilty and put to death; whilst the moral and spiritual lessons deducible from the stories correspond. As every Christian is taught that in his
own life he must imitate the life and death of Christ, so every Mason is "made to represent one of the brightest characters recorded in our annals";
but as the annals of Masonry are contained in the volume of the Sacred Law and not elsewhere, it is easy to see who the character is who is alluded
to. As that great authority and initiate of the Mysteries, St. Paul, taught, we can only attain to the Master's resurrection by "being made
conformable unto His death," and we "must die with Him if we are to be raised like Him": and it is in virtue of that conformity, in virtue of being
individually made to imitate the Grand Master in His death, that we are made worthy of certain "points of fellowship" with Him: for the "five
points of fellowship" of the third degree are the five wounds of Christ The three years' ministry of the Christian Master ended with His death and,
these refer to the three degrees of the Craft which also end in the mystical death of the Masonic candidate -and his subsequent raising or
The design of Christ is that all things and all truth will point eventually and ultimately to Him, as He IS "the way, the TRUTH and the life," as
John 14:6 tells us. In Masonry He is still asking us the ultimate question, "who do YOU say that I am?"
To my brother masons, sure you have wondered why it is the "lion's grip" that raises us when no other will do. Who must this Lion be? One doesn't
have to search far to find Christ displayed as the Lion. C.S. Lewis displayed this Narnian truth to us.
I have had a push pull relationship with masonry to be sure, but ultimately it has led to a deepened and closer walk with Christ.
As Wilmhurst wrote, "the mention of the Christian Master's name might possibly prove an offence or provoke contention." I know the same to be true
here. The name of Jesus Christ will always stir us and will immediately cause offense if our heart is not fully bent toward Him. May we all be
challenged at His name and answer this question that still rings in the heart of every man at least once in his life - who do we say that He is?