Interesting ! A lot of Scripture references in our work never took to heart about the Religion aspect !
We're in agreement Elexir! It is impossible to take every single factor into account every time, but that doesn't mean it's not impossible to discount most factors using simple deduction - especially by perceiving the "bigger picture" first, before drilling down into the detail. Of course, unless you have taken every single factor into account on at least a few occasions, there's no reason to "know" that that shortcut would work.
I have no idea how the discussion regarding AI is proceeding, but I'd imagine there's no doubt it will eventually be perceived as beneficial. "Follow the money" is another shortcut that works...
Looks like we just got spammed by a drive by! Time to ignore yet another one.Freemasonry cannot be considered a religion because there's no basic idea of some kind of supreme god in Freemasonry. Freemasons believe only in the power of man over nature, other people, all religions, and probabilities. So you might want to think about it yourself before asking such questions. Or you can go to some church like First Church Love on the day of glorification to understand the basic features of any religion. My Christian sister goes to this church. I also came to this church with her several times. All the people there are wonderful and kind and have never accused me of atheism. Besides, I liked the priest from this church. But my good attitude toward believers doesn't mean I belong to any religion.
Salvation? Please, explain this.I moved this from a different conversation as this one is more appropriate. Sorry to revive a one year old conversation.
After going through the Scottish Rite rituals, honestly, I don't know which specific organized religion would be a good fit as there are great lessons in all of them. Clearly the Catholic Church will not have me now that I am a Freemason. Not my call. I don't know of a Hebrew, Christian, Stoic, Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu Temple. Still looking. Open to suggestions. Is not salvation attained by striving to be a good, God-fearing man and one who follows all of our Masonic virtues? Believing that we do have an immortal soul and that we must act appropriately in this life on this planet to enable said soul to move on to a better place? Isn't that salvation?
I'm not really reading about salvation. I'm reading about your view of the afterlife. What is salvation?My view of Salvation is described as the eternal spirit in us on this plane in this dimension moving on to a better place. A place where the souls of our departed family and friends await us to assist in a transition to some next phase of the soul. There is absolutely no way to prove this. It is only my understanding of what Salvation is. From there, according to some beliefs, we may come back to Earth as a Cow or move onto some other plane in a different dimension and have a completely different physical form. But our soul would remain the same and continue to operate from within some living body. Where it ends? I surely do not know. I would like to think that we become someone else's Guardian Angel. Yes, kind of like in "It's a Wonderful Life". I am waiting to hear the bells chime...
Not a Judeo-Christian concept or idea. As Jews, we have no need of salvation in the Christian sense because we have no concept of original sin to be redeemed from.I would imagine that the word "Salvation" is purely a Judeo-Christian idea. But I am sure that we will hear from someone more knowledgeable in these matters.
Salvation? Please, explain this.
"Freemasonry offers no salvatory path or ordinances." This is where the word was introduced into the discussion...on a different thread.
It does not consider all beliefs or philosophies.Brother JStoffo said:
Andrew the Disciple, sorry. Let me rephrase to Beliefs rather than Religions. Would you consider philosophy and belief? I think it was Earnest Borgnine 33* who said that the Scottish Rite is all the Religion he needs. Does Zombie thread mean we should just stop now? I am kind of new to this forum.
The doctrine of original sin is purely Christian, and not acce by all Christian sects. . The narrative of Adam and Eve is certainly part of the Tanach.I didn't know that. Being raised a Christian, we were taught that "Original Sin" was Eve taking a bite out of the apple and Adam following. That is purely Jewish. Written way before the 2nd "New" testament Christian version of the Bible perhaps 1,000 years later. I will read more on that and please share anything applicable here. As you all are aware, many of the basic concepts and lessons in Freemasonry are Jewish in nature. In fact, if you were to remove any hint of Hebrew history from Freemasonry, we wouldn't have much of a story for the building of the Temple in our degrees. I am not claiming that our story as Masons is fact based. Merely stating that our studies and in fact entire Masonic history is based on the Jewish Bible. Until we get into the Scottish or York Rites, Masonic legend is entirely Hebrew. I can't think of one instance of Christianity. Am I correct in stating this? Solomon, Solomon's Temple, Hiram, etc.?