The Hidden Life in Freemasonry by C. W. Leadbeater
More on this pageFOREWORD IT is once more my privilege to usher into the world, for the helping of the thoughtful, another volume of the series on the hidden side of things written by Bishop Charles W. Leadbeater. True Mason that he is, he is ever trying to spread the Light which he has received, so that it may chase away the darkness of Chaos. To look for the ...Go to the page
... CHAPTER V THE OPENING OF THE LODGE ... of the series on the hidden side of things written by Bishop Charles W. Leadbeater.
I certainly do not agree with MP, we are not asked to accept God.
We are asked to accept the existence of a 'supreme being', whom that deity is is your own choice.
It could be the Egyptian Sun God 'Ra' or 'JHW' or 'Allah' or 'me', some think I am pretty supreme you know. [ask my Grand kids.
The door is left so wide open I am perplexed as to how anyone can complain.
The entire ritualistic living theatre is taken from the foundation stories of the Worlds thee most known religions, again I am perplexed as to why any Atheist would wish to take part. There are many orders that hold to Masonic principles that can be joined so again there is no lack of choice.
So when a Lodge is opened , yes we call upon the highest authority to help and guide us. Why not, I do that driving my car ?
Every mason should realise there's only ONE god. it doesn't matter who's theology or version of history is correct.
I just give the facts as laid out by my Grand Lodge UGLE.
UGLE website All Freemasons are expected to have a religious belief, but Freemasonry does not seek to replace a Mason’s religion or provide a substitute for it. It deals in a man’s relationship with his fellow man not in a man’s relationship with his God.
Aims and Relationships of the Craft 3. The first condition of admission into, and membership of, the Order is a belief in the Supreme Being. This is essential and admits of no compromise
I have debated this subject to great length. The best these discussions could procure was it's like the quote "as above, so below". However to look up we start out looking down. This continues slowly working "up". The time it takes to climb this ladder depends on the individuals growth, which can vary greatly. I will say though, that no one is without hang-ups. Encouraging others at your side for support, and intertwining this collective growth.
I have never seen a person unwilling to learn something. There is always something that can drive us and we cannot escape that we will want to look up in some way.