Greetings from far, far away... Aug 15, 2017 12:47:21 GMT via mobile
Post by wiclas on Aug 15, 2017 12:47:21 GMT
Symbolism is not like a dictionary. A symbol has a certain meaning in a certain context. Freemasonry is one of these contexts. Of course there is a certain meaning, but FM is not going to tell you what meaning needs to be yours. Solomon, for example, in FM is the master builder of a temple. He employs personnel that see to it that the building is constructed. It doesn't get much more exciting than that, but the overall story, and especially its details, have many layers. Therefor it can happen that in the context of the first degree, a certain piece of symbolism has a different meaning than in the second or third degree. Solomon himself is one of these 'shifting symbols'.
The Masonic way of working makes a good method of working with symbols and even though most come from the Bible, the meaning the symbols give you, needs by no way to be Biblical.
> if there was a certain meaning of a one symbol, it would have already been revealed.
Yes and no. Online and in books you can find many meanings to many symbols from Freemasonry, but once you experience the actual context of the symbol, you will learn that just saying 'the all-seeing eye represents God' is way too simple. Like I said, symbolism is not a dictionary with an image and a fixed explanation.
How close freemasonry is to christianity? I was an atheist, and I do not really know much about spiritual texts as bible etc.. nowadays I do believe at least higher power and something other spiritual things, but I am not a big fan of christianity. Do masons need to learn a lots of that religion or is masonry far away from it?
Masonry itself seems to me very exciting and learning mysteries fits for me, and if I need to read things close to christianity, it is okay, but are they close to it? And there is different kinds of masonry, as has been said earlier, can you tell me the connection between masonry and usual spirituality?