Freemasons have often made the claim that any member may practice any religion they choose provided they believe in a “Supreme Being”. Christians have wondered if it is appropriate for them to belong to this fraternity particularly when the Roman Catholic Church has banned Catholics from becoming part of that society.
There have been many writers and religious leaders that have openly condemned the Masons and there are several books written on the subject. Amongst some of the other religions, it is believed that the Freemasons are a group whose main goal is for world unification. One author happened to pass away shortly after publishing an anti mason book called the Brotherhood. His death created talk that the author had been killed because of orders from the Lodge.
Some of the stronger anti Masons claim that even Albert Pike who was a well-known Mason admitted that The Masons serve Lucifer. They have been accused as being racist and pagan. The stories will go to the point where they state that Mason will actually commit murder to protect their highly secretive rituals.
The Freemasons are accurately known for their support of Hiram. He was the stonemason that worked on the Temple of Solomon. It is said that the Freemasons of today have placed Hiram on such a high pedestal they actually worship him.
It?s hard to determine what facts many of the anti Mason authors have based their conclusions on. The Freemasons are widely known for their secrecy so it would be hard for one of the many authors to obtain factual information without actually filtrating the organization. One such author, William Schnoebelen has been said to claim himself as once being a Satanist as well as ex-Mormon and ex-Mason. He claims that the Masons are party to the 50,000 ritual murders that have taken place yearly across North America.
Another famous author claims that Masons have an agenda to go to libraries to remove anti Mason books and find any sensitive Mason historical documents. Naturally it would be fair to say that the Freemasons adamantly refute all of these allegations. They claim they are just a simple society of Brotherhood that have joined for fellowship.
The Freemasons will stand on the support of Wallace McLeod is purported as being one of the most knowledgeable Masonic Historian as well as professing Christian. He indicates that much of the anti mason knowledge and literature is lies and half-truths. He supports the claim that Albert Pike never indicated the worship of Satan.
All the claims that Freemasons are involved in murder are denied as well, with the exception of one case. This particular case involves an ex-mason by the name of William Morgan who wrote an expose on the secret rituals of the Masonry. It believed that a few radical Masons killed him over this expose, but this was not with the blessings of the Masons as a whole.
Somewhere the musings of the Freemasons had to start. It is believed that it is all based on Albert Pikes, Masonic Rites and Wrongs?. Apparently, Pike referred to parallel drawing going back in History to Egyptian religions were occult in nature. The Freemasons claim they pay little regard to this type of teaching in todays modern ages. There they have been other key figures who have Masons rituals for the purpose of the occult but the body of the Freemasons does not condone this.
When all of the issues are summarized, the Freemasons feel that the negativity towards them is based on their acceptance of all religious sectors and not just Christianity. It could be said that all according to the Masons acceptance of all religions that they feel all lead to heaven.
It has been perceived that although at one time it was highly probably that blood rituals were part of this Fraternity it has long since been dispelled with.
Therefore, when it comes down to the Masons stand on Christianity it would seem that no matter who argues what there is no positive answers to this long lasting question.
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