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Some Myths about Freemasonry Explained...

 
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(1)
Modern Freemasonry has been around since 1717.
The first concocted untruths about the Order appeared in print at almost the same time.
The United States was consumed by anti-Masonic hysteria in the late 1820s,and Europe has made Mason-bashing a popular sport for two centuries,often tying it to anti-Semitic propaganda.
The Internet has only served to resurrect these myths,as they get dragged out and repeated all over again.
Here are some of the most common ones.


(2)
Freemasons do not ride a goat in their lodges.
It's a joke,perpetrated often by Masons themselves on nervous initiates.

Since at least the Middle Ages,the goat has been symbolic of the devil,and stories were circulated then of witches who called forth Satan,who came riding into town on a goat to take part in their blasphemous orgies.
Then,as the Freemasons gained in popularity,detractors accused them of witchcraft,which is probably where the notion of initiates riding a goat came from.

It didn't help that some early ritual books from the fraternity referred to God as "God of All Things" and abbreviated it as G.O.A.T. That was quickly changed, and God is now referred to by Masons by the acronym G.A.O.T.U., for Grand Architect of the Universe.

Old catalogs from fraternal supply companies in the late 1800s actually offered mechanical goats for use in other fraternal organizations and "fun" degrees. As the golden age of fraternalism resulted in literally hundreds of other groups popping up in competition with the Masons, some were obviously less serious than others. Such items only served to perpetuate the myth that Masons and other fraternities required a goat-ride ritual for their initiations. Freemasonry never has.

Rest assured,There is no lodge goat.
The degrees of Masonry are serious business to Freemasons, and there is no horseplay (or goatplay).

(3)

Masons have been accused of using their own,presumably Satanic,bible in their ceremonies.
Many people have seen Masonic bibles for sale on eBay and elsewhere and clearly believe that Bibles used by Masons are somehow different.

This myth is actually a two-part one. Lodges in predominantly Christian communities commonly have the custom of presenting the new Master Mason with a commemorative heirloom Bible.
In the United States,the most common one is the 1611 translation of the King James version, published especially for Masonic lodges by Heirloom Bible Publishers of Wichita, Kansas.
It contains an area in the front for the Mason to commemorate important dates in his degree work, places for his brethren to sign the record of his degrees, and a 94-page glossary of biblical references relating to Masonic ceremonies,along with essays about Masonry and some common questions and answers.
The rest of it is the entire King James version of the Old and New Testament that is available in any bookstore.

The second part of this myth has to do with the use of the Volume of Sacred Law in a Masonic lodge.
All regular,well-governed lodges must have a book considered sacred to its members open on the lodge altar during meetings.
Depending on what part of the world the lodge is in and the beliefs of the lodge's members,this sacred book could be the Bible,the Hebrew Tanach,the Muslim Koran,the Hindu Veda,the Zoroastrian Zend-Avesta,or the Proverbs of Confucius.
It's simply referred to as the Volume of Sacred Law,as a nonsectarian term.

(4)
which actually is a fact and not a myth
Freemasonry worships the sun.Just about every symbol they have has a sun in it.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

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Hi Fabian!!!

Thank you for the lesson! I cannot currently play the video. It wasn't too long ago that I thought the Masons were something other than what they are. At the same time, I found that the biggest conspiracy is that there is none! LOL
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why does the bible have 666 under the masonic square and compass symbol????????????????


(1)
Modern Freemasonry has been around since 1717.
The first concocted untruths about the Order appeared in print at almost the same time.
The United States was consumed by anti-Masonic hysteria in the late 1820s,and Europe has made Mason-bashing a popular sport for two centuries,often tying it to anti-Semitic propaganda.
The Internet has only served to resurrect these myths,as they get dragged out and repeated all over again.
Here are some of the most common ones.


(2)
Freemasons do not ride a goat in their lodges.
It's a joke,perpetrated often by Masons themselves on nervous initiates.

Since at least the Middle Ages,the goat has been symbolic of the devil,and stories were circulated then of witches who called forth Satan,who came riding into town on a goat to take part in their blasphemous orgies.
Then,as the Freemasons gained in popularity,detractors accused them of witchcraft,which is probably where the notion of initiates riding a goat came from.

It didn't help that some early ritual books from the fraternity referred to God as "God of All Things" and abbreviated it as G.O.A.T. That was quickly changed, and God is now referred to by Masons by the acronym G.A.O.T.U., for Grand Architect of the Universe.

Old catalogs from fraternal supply companies in the late 1800s actually offered mechanical goats for use in other fraternal organizations and "fun" degrees. As the golden age of fraternalism resulted in literally hundreds of other groups popping up in competition with the Masons, some were obviously less serious than others. Such items only served to perpetuate the myth that Masons and other fraternities required a goat-ride ritual for their initiations. Freemasonry never has.

Rest assured,There is no lodge goat.
The degrees of Masonry are serious business to Freemasons, and there is no horseplay (or goatplay).

(3)

Masons have been accused of using their own,presumably Satanic,bible in their ceremonies.
Many people have seen Masonic bibles for sale on eBay and elsewhere and clearly believe that Bibles used by Masons are somehow different.

This myth is actually a two-part one. Lodges in predominantly Christian communities commonly have the custom of presenting the new Master Mason with a commemorative heirloom Bible.
In the United States,the most common one is the 1611 translation of the King James version, published especially for Masonic lodges by Heirloom Bible Publishers of Wichita, Kansas.
It contains an area in the front for the Mason to commemorate important dates in his degree work, places for his brethren to sign the record of his degrees, and a 94-page glossary of biblical references relating to Masonic ceremonies,along with essays about Masonry and some common questions and answers.
The rest of it is the entire King James version of the Old and New Testament that is available in any bookstore.

The second part of this myth has to do with the use of the Volume of Sacred Law in a Masonic lodge.
All regular,well-governed lodges must have a book considered sacred to its members open on the lodge altar during meetings.
Depending on what part of the world the lodge is in and the beliefs of the lodge's members,this sacred book could be the Bible,the Hebrew Tanach,the Muslim Koran,the Hindu Veda,the Zoroastrian Zend-Avesta,or the Proverbs of Confucius.
It's simply referred to as the Volume of Sacred Law,as a nonsectarian term.

(4)
which actually is a fact and not a myth
Freemasonry worships the sun.Just about every symbol they have has a sun in it.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

msbible


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Some symbols explained

Apron


(1)
RED symbolizes courage, zeal, the blood of life, and fire. It is the color of Royal Arch Masonry.


(2)
WHITE has throughout the ages represented purity and innocence.


(3)
BLUE has been esteemed since antiquity as a beneficent color, denoting immortality,eternity,chastity and fidelity.
It is the color of Symbolic Masonry, "the Blue Lodge.


(4)
ALL-SEEING EYE,a symbol of watchfulness and of the Supreme Being.


(5)
RAYS or Glory, symbolic of the power of the Supreme Being to penetrate the innermost reaches of the human heart.


(6)
RAINBOW is sometimes associated with the Royal Arch. It is also part of the architectural arch, being the 9th arch under Solomon's Temple.
It is supported by two Pillars (see No.8). Another interpretation calls it the Arch of Heaven supported by pillars
(Job 26:11). The pillars which support the arch are emblematical of Wisdom and Strength.


(7)
MOON, one of the Lesser Lights in Freemasonry. The Moon governs and rules the night.


(8)
PILLARS OF ENOCH. Enoch, fearing that the principles of the arts and sciences might be lost, erected two pillars.
the one of marble to withstand fire, the other of brass to resist water. On each he engraved that which he feared would be lost.
The Globes are symbols of Unity and Peace and Plenty. (See also No.37)


(9)
PILLARS B. and J. were within the porch of King Solomon's Temple. Boaz the name of the left pillar means "in strength"; the right pillar, Jachin, means
"God will establish" (see also No.38). The globe on the left pillar represents earth; that on the right, heaven.
These brazen pillars with their globes are today the columns of the Senior and Junior Wardens.


(10)
DOVE in early Masonry is a symbol of Noah's messenger.
In ancient symbolism, the dove represented purity and innocence.


(11)
FORTY-SEVENTH PROBLEM OF EUCLID'S first book of geometry.
It is said that when Pythagoras solved the problem he exclaimed, "Eureka!," which signifies "I have found it." It is, however, not a problem, but a theorem.
It has been adopted as the symbol on the Past Master Mason's Jewel in Pennsylvania (The Ahiman Rezon, Art. XVI, Sec, 3 & 4).


(12)
HOPE is sometimes shown as a female with an anchor, also as an anchor near the ark.
ANCHOR, an emblem of a well-grounded hope and a well-spent life.
With hope, an Anchor holds the soul both sure and steadfast.


(13)
PLUMB, the proper Masonic Jewel of the Junior Warden, admonishes us to walk uprightly before God and man.
It is one of the working tools of operative Masons, used to try perpendiculars.


(14)
JACOB'S LADDER without a clouded canopy or star-decked heaven, which he saw in a vision ascending from earth to heaven.
The three principal rounds are denominated FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY.


(15)
SQUARE WITHIN BOUNDS is a symbol formed by four stonemason's squares of equal arms superimposed one on the other to form a central square.
This symbol has not been found in American or English books of Masonic symbolism and therefore may well be of French origin.
There has been no interpretation found for it to date.


(16)
LIGHTS or BURNING TAPERS, like the three principal Lodge officers, refer undoubtedly to the three stations of the sun:
its rising in the East (Worshipful Master), its meridian in the South (Junior Warden), and its setting in the West
(Senior Warden). (See also Nos. 30 & 31)


(17)
TROWEL, a working tool of the operative mason, is used symbolically for spreading the cement of Brotherly love and affection.


(18)
FIVE-POINTED STAR represents the five points of fellowship.
Within the star is the letter "G," a well-known symbol of Freemasonry representing both God and geometry.


(19)
MOSAIC PAVEMENT, a representation ofthe ground floor of King Solomon's Temple. The Masonic Pavement is emblematical of human life,
checked with good and evil.


(20)
STEPS are usually three in number.
The six steps are said to represent degrees Washington received.


(21)
HOLY BIBLE, the great light of Freemasonry.


(22)
COFFIN has always symbolized death.
It is found on tracing boards of the 18th century and, in that time, constituted a part of the esoteric symbolism.


(23)
SKULL AND CROSS-BONES are symbols of mortality and death and are so used in French degrees.


(24)
SPRIG OF ACACIA. The acacia tree is supposedly the shittah wood of the Old Testament.
The name is sometimes spelled Cassia. It has long been used as a symbol of immortality.


(25)
SQUARE is the proper Masonic Jewel of the Master of the Lodge. It is one of the Great Lights in Freemasonry.
It is the stonemason's square of two equal arms



(26)
COMPASSES, the proper Masonic emblem of the Craft, and one of the Great Lights in Freemasonry.


(27)
BRICK WALL appears to represent the place in the Lodge occupied by the Altar.
The Holy Bible, Square, and Compasses rest upon it, as do the three Lesser Lights.
It composes nine rows of bricks, one upon the other.
To give the symbolic meaning of the wall would be mere speculation.


(28)
ARK is emblematical of that Divine Ark which safely carries us over this tempest-tossed life.
It is often shown with the Anchor.



(29)
SETTING MAUL, in operative Masonry, is used for setting stones,
that is, tapping them to a firm seat in the mortar or urging them sidewise into place.
It is considered by some to be a symbol of untimely death.

30. (See No.16)
31. (See No.16)


(32)
TREASURER of the Lodge wearing the Apron of his office and holding the emblem of his office, Crossed Keys.


(33)
TWENTY-FOUR INCH GAUGE symbolizes the twenty-four hours of day divided into three equal parts devoted to God, usual vocations,
and rest.


(34)
SWORD POINTING TO A NAKED HEART demonstrates that justice will sooner or later overtake us;
and that although our thoughts, words and actions may be hidden from the eyes of man,
they are not hidden from the All-Seeing Eye.


(35)
TASSEL consists of a cord with tassels on the ends.
It alludes to the Care of Providence which surrounds and keeps us within its protection while we govern our lives by the four cardinal virtues:
temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice. The tassel may also represent the Mystic Tie, that sacred bond which unites men of
diverse opinions into one band of Brothers.

(36)
LEVEL, the proper Masonic Jewel of the Senior Warden,symbolizes equality and reminds us that we are traveling upon the level of time,
It is one of the working tools of an operative mason.


37. (See No.8)
38. (See No.9)


(39)
SUN, one of the Lesser light as a source of light it reminds the Mason of that intellectual light of which he is in constant search.


(40)
SEVEN SIX-POINTED STARS.
The number SEVEN represents the Seven Liberal Arts and Sciences: Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy.
The SIX-POINTED STAR symbolizes Divine Providence, the star of David or Shield of David. It comprises two interlaced triangles,
which have a number of Masonic interpretations.


(41)
LETTERS used symbolically in the Mark Master Mason's degree, Chapter of Royal Arch Mason.


(42)
BEEHIVE is the emblem of industry.
It teaches us that as we came into this world rational and intelligent beings, so we should ever be industrious ones.


(43)
APRON. The Masonic Apron, which derives from the working apron of the stonemason,is in itself a symbol.
It is an emblem of innocence, and the badge of a Freemason.

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grizzy If you would like to more about the Freemasons from a biblical point of view, then please read this Chick illustrated tract.

THE CURSE OF BAPHOMET... [link to www.chick.com]
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why does the bible have 666 under the masonic square and compass symbol????????????????
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The number 666 has 12 divisors {1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 18, 37, 74, 111, 222, 333, 666}.

Well,Sun(in mythologies:ChristBuddha,Balder,Horus,Bacchus, Dyonisos,Attis,Mithra,has 12 disciples,or 12 signs of zodiac.Sun passes through 12 constellations on the ecliptic belt.

"I am he I am the first, I also am the last." Numerical value of the paragraph is 216 or 6 x 6 x 6. Here God proclaims that he is the Sun.
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Well, it maybe the sun, almost surely...
but
Identifying ‘True Earth-like Planets’ - All New Worlds Are Built On 7_4 (like Earth) or 6_4
[link to www.google.co.uk]
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grizzy If you would like to more about the Freemasons from a biblical point of view, then please read this Chick illustrated tract.

THE CURSE OF BAPHOMET... [link to www.chick.com]
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Chick is a whacko. I'm surprised you're not recommending David dIcke too.

Curses are what simpletons believe in. That kinda shit only flies in 3rd world countries, not modern societies.
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
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Well, it maybe the sun, almost surely...
but
Identifying ‘True Earth-like Planets’ - All New Worlds Are Built On 7_4 (like Earth) or 6_4
[link to exep.jpl.nasa.gov]
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