What's up with Christianity and Freemasonry?

by TAYOR FOERSTER
(NEW SALEM, ND)

I'm doing a school project and I found out that the Christian Religion doesn't exactly stand eye-to-eye on the subject of pretty much anything. Why do they think you're satanic and that kind of stuff?

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May 05, 2010
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conservative objections to freemasonry
by: Anonymous

As far as I'm aware, some conservative groups are very wary of our taking oaths. They see that act as a conflict of interest with the Christian life, in which our allegiance ought to be for Christ, and not a group of guys. (One cannot serve God and Mammon. One cannot have two masters, etc.)

They also look at some of our symbols and see connections to the Occult. some of that is true, however, they don't stop to consider that some Occult thought contains as much truth as Christian theology, and that truth is truth, regardless of how it is dispensed.

Further, some see freemasonry as a religion, and that we worship "the Great Architect" rather than God. In addition to that, their misunderstanding that we are a secret society is at odds with Christians always being above-board.

May 11, 2010
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Many men of the Christian faith are also Freemasons
by: John

There is nothing in the Christian Religion regarding Freemasonry. In fact, there are many men of the Christian faith, even ordained Ministers, who are also Freemasons. The conflict between Religion and Freemasonry, like the conspiracy theories that abound, is largely exaggerated. It's not the religion or the faith that has a problem with Freemasonry, but there are those who have a problem with Freemasonry, or don't understand it, who are of the Christian faith. It's a small but important distinction.

The problem stems from the "Because I said so." syndrome. Way back in olden times there was a problem between Pope Clement V, and the Knights Templar. The Pope declared the Knights to be bad guys and wrote a Papal Bull saying no Catholic could be one. Over time the history of the Knights Templar and the Freemasons became intertwined until a lot of people, even some Freemasons, believed they were the same. The law declared by the Papal Bull came to include Freemasons and Catholics were taught that Freemasons were bad guys. Some devout religious followers believe what they are taught and don't ask questions. Those who do ask questions often times go on to become Freemasons, but they remain devout followers of their religious faith.

Apr 05, 2011
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A warm hello to masons
by: Christian Bell

May I first state that my fathers parents were or are masons, i'm glad that at least one of you has been honest enough to talk about relations with the occult. I must admit I was once ignorant of the extent to which Freemasonry was of little danger to society. I majored in theology but even knowledge is little use without application. My point is this, that the Spirit of God has inspired the bible, and that the vows taken in FM are contrary to what the bible teaches. We are to have one master (Matthew 23:10), who is Christ. Furthermore, pluralism is the belief that all gods lead to heaven, this negates the very thing that FM itself acknowledges, that metaphysical (spiritual truth) or religious beliefs are equal, which is to inherently make opposing religious ideas untrue, which is a lie. The truth is that their is a war going on, a spiritual one, and whether or not you care to acknowledge it it is also going to conclude the way the bible tells it, because the prophecies in Issiah concerning Christ 500 or so years before he came, have been testified in the New Testament. The Spirit of God is greater than the spirits of the sky.

May God grant you peace.

Jun 28, 2011
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And whats up with the wars aganist the muslims
by: M.F.I.S

and Whats up with the wars aganist the muslims?Why do you worship the devil .what does he makes for you to worship him?

Jul 16, 2012
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A half truth is still a lie
by: Josh

In response to the comment at the top of the page: Just because your rituals contain aspects of the Christian theology doesn't mean it is supporting Christianity. If you are mixing small half truths and aspects from many different religions you are creating one big lie. I know it feels good to be a part of something with a lot of history and meaning, but you should really look at the truths that inspired your organization and decide if you are in agreement with them. Blindly following something without knowing the meaning results in much deception that leads to a terrible ending for everyone involved.

May 19, 2013
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There is no conflict
by: Tom

Freemasonry is tolerant of all religions. It does not support or oppose any religion; a man's religious beliefs are between he and God and it's not Freemasonry's place to challenge them or comment on them.

MFIS - That includes Islam. We are *not* at war with Muslims; such statements are based on misinformation. The only claim sillier than that is that we worship the Devil. Evil is spoken where evil is welcome - don't let yourself be misled by spiteful sources.

Conflicting oaths? conflicting loyalties? How many people claiming that have sworn oaths to join the armed forces, taken a citizenship oath or testified in court? There is simply no conflict.

Nor does Freemasonry 'mix small half truths from different religions'. Freemasonry is not a religion, nor a substitute for religion, nor does it promise salvation (or even speak of it), nor does it offer sacraments. Instead, Masons are encouraged to participate in their own churches, whatever those may be. Prayers are indeed said at the opening and closing of our meetings, but that happens in many public organizations. Our prayers are non-denominational and allow every man present to pray to his own god.

Tolerance is a good thing in a free society, don't you think? Offering men of all faiths a place to meet in peace is also one way to make the world a better place.

Christian Bell - I suspect that your mind is made up, but permit me to assure you as a fellow Christian that there is nothing - nothing - in any Masonic oath I am aware of that could possibly conflict with mainstream Christianity. (Can't speak for the splinter sects, of course, as their beliefs vary so much.)

Nobody objects to a Chamber of Commerce meeting opening with a non-denominational prayer, nobody says that the CoC is trying to make Christians buy into other religions, nor that it is improper for Christians to go to a Chamber meeting where Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, etc are also present. A man whose faith is so weak that saying a non-denominational prayer with members of other religions will cause him to question it has very serious problems already.

If it is the title of 'Master' that bothers you, that makes you feel that we are in conflict, consider that bands are lead by 'bandmasters' and 'concertmasters'. Ships captains used to be called 'master' and the head of trade guilds were 'guild masters'. Teachers in private schools have been called 'masters'. The person in charge of the dogs at a fox hunt is the 'master of hounds'. There is in Freemasonry no connotation of ownership or devotion, just a traditional word for an (in this case) elected leader, one in a position to instruct new members in the Craft.

Given choice between my faith and Freemasonry, I (a Mason for decades) would not hesitate to walk away from Masonry. There is however no conflict, no either-or situation. If anything, Masonry has helped me confirm my Christian faith. God bless.

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