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Masonic Lodge (Part 2)

Part 2

Today, I want to begin quoting from several Masonic sources its origins, purposes and doctrine. The key document will be the most readily available and universally approved doctrinal book on Freemasonry, "Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry," by Albert Pike, Grand Commander, 1859-1891. Its title pages states that it was prepared for the "Supreme Council of the Thirty-Third Degree and Published by its Authority." It was originally published in 1871. Quotes will be from the 1966 Edition unless otherwise noted.

CUSTODIAN OF TRUTH:

(Masonry)..."The custodian and depository of the great philosophical and religious truths, unknown to the world at large, and handed down from age to age by an unbroken current of tradition, embodied in symbols, emblem and allegories." (page 210).

THE FOUNDATION OF RELIGION:

"Every Masonic Temple is a Temple of Religion, and its teachings are instructions in religion." (page 213).

BUDDHA THE FIRST LEGISLATOR:

"The first Masonic legislator whose memory is preserved to us by history, was Buddha, who, about a thousand years before the Christian era, reformed the religion of Manous." (page 277).

REVERENCES ALL REFORMERS:

"It (Masonry) reverences all the great reformers. It sees in Moses, the lawgiver to the Jews, in Confucius and Zoroaster, in Jesus of Nazareth and in the Arabian Iconoclast, great teachers of morality, and eminent reformers; if no more; and allows every brother of the order to assign to each higher and even divine characteristics as his creed and truth require." (page 525).

NOT CREED-BOUND:

"The true Mason is not creed-bound, he realizes with the divine Illumination of his lodge that as a Mason his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha or Mohammed, the name means little for the recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every shrine, bows before every alter, whether in temple, mosque or cathedral, realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth." (The Lost Keys of freemasonry, Manly P. Hall, 33rd, page 65, Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Co. Richmond, VA., 1976.)

THE BAALIM:

"Masonry, around whose altars the Christian, the Hebrew, the Moslem, the Brahmin, the followers of Confucius and Zoroaster, can assemble as brethren and unite in prayer to the one God who is above ALL the Baalim, must needs leave it to each of his initiates to look for the foundation of his faith and hope to the written scriptures of his own religion." (page 226)

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