God and Freemasonry | Symbols and Symbolism

This is Greg Stewart with FreemasonInformation.com
Symbols and Symbolism. In this episode we look at a reading of Frank
C. Higgins from The Beginning of Masonry. In this piece, Higgins explores the philosophical
relationship of God and Freemasonry. He says: There is no place in Masonry for dogmatic
controversy affecting the current convictions of brethren of the craft. In its highest contemplation, Freemasonry
solely regards and addresses itself to the “Great Architect of the Universe,” respecting
the Names under which this Unique Identity is apostrophized in every clime, by every
race, and by every school of thought. There are no religious differences attached
to the adoption of the Supreme Being. Men differ alone with respect to some of His
manifestations of love and solicitude for humanity, making claims to an exclusiveness
in one respect or another, which are too often the outgrowth of fast-vanishing racial isolation
and the diverse trends of thought consequent upon differences of origin, climate, and environment. In quibbling over these differences, so frequently
the result of misunderstandings of identical premises, viewed from diverging angles, men
are too prone to forget that the goodness and providence of Almighty God is forever
pouring in a mighty deluge upon us, manifesting itself unceasingly and impartially in everything
that either experience or can be experienced. From the selfish standpoint of the unintelligent
ego, each individual is alternately blessed with satisfactions and cursed with deprivations
or distresses, the extremes predominating in many instances without apparent reason. Many of the ancient philosophers, therefore,
taught that man could attain supreme contentment only by realizing his identity with the All. Sensing this, he perceived the resistless
operation of the great laws of Being, in perfect poise, harmony, and impartiality, requiring
only to be heeded for man to escape the evils and enjoy the benefits thereof during his
allotted term, the accidents and mishaps befalling him not being subject to the caprices of an
unpropitious Ruler, but consequent upon his own unguarded collisions with unchangeable
law. Therefore, the whole problem of human life
became the attainment of greater and ever greater knowledge of the natural law, upon
which all progress and all security to life and happiness depended in so eminent a degree,
and the divine gift of the reasoning faculties, which rendered the possible, was appreciated
as God’s most precious blessing to man. Thousands of years of experiment and ceaseless
vigilance on the part of eager watchers have never resulted in the detection of a single
principle so unrelated to the rest of the universal machine as to have no dependence
upon it. Even where the wonders of science have disclosed
marvels so intricate as to baffle explanation or analysis, they have at least proved so
entirely subject to certain conditions of known factors as to be easily provoked into
manifestation or suppressed from view, at the will of man. Year by year, day by day, hour by hour, minute
by minute, the infinite details of this great cosmic-pervading law keep on unfolding to
human perception, filling all space with their greatness and mocking pursuit in their ultra-microscopic
perfections and yet nothing is discovered that had not existed ages before the human
mind began to concern itself with its intricacies. The capacity of mind to see and understand
has limitations and history-that of which it takes cognizance through the medium of
the senses-is limitless and without historical beginning or end. Every past age has attempted to place bounds
upon that which it is legitimate for man to know or think he knows about the origin and
constitution of the wonders about him. Each era has closed its book of human knowledge
with a flaming “Finis” at the end of an ultimate chapter, and yet the dawn of every
other day has ushered in new wonders, new visions, and new truths. “Dogma” is the name given to all these
futile finalities which do not finish, to the barbed wire entanglements and chevaux
de frise set by each generation at the limit of its attainments, in the vain thought that
the “End” had been achieved. In most cases dogmas will be found to revolve
round the privilege of classes to rule masses, irrespective of the fact that part of the
cosmic law is as sure and continual an oxygenation of the sea of humanity by waves of upheaval
as is manifest in seas of water, in which that which is the sluggish depth of today
may be the foam-crested wave of tomorrow. Yet the mind of man, framed in the image of
the Creator, even as the receiver of an acoustic instrument must be attuned to the vibrations
of the transmitter, that the message may be received as it is sent, has discovered constant
and unchanging elements in this stupendous order of varied manifestations, has discovered
chaos-banishing laws which must be the same in an atom as in a sun, and so may be exhibited
in symbols of dimensions convenient to the stature of contemplative man. Such are the symbols of Freemasonry – evidences
of the truth attributed to Triple-great Hermes, the mystic founder of our craft, that “that
which is above may be discovered by examination of that which is below.” The Masonic student may concern himself with
every branch of research that is capable of throwing light upon the causes that have led
men to crystallize their perceptions of immutable law in emblems and symbols. He may pursue each of the various paths of
investigation indicated by the obscure phraseology of ritual until he emerges into the full blaze
of Masonic light embracing its fundamental truth. He may unravel the intricacies of ancient
philosophies and mythologies, in order to convince himself of their ultimate source
in the fountain of revealed wisdom, and he may set his own value upon anthropomorphisms
or the embodiment of attributes and principles in fleshly guise, so that what really are
the play of natural forces, the sport of the elements, the cycles of worlds, are described
in terms taken from the vocabulary of human life. Yet, with all this, he may not consciously
offend his brother, by striking at the latter’s highest individual spiritual contemplation
in a humor of disdain or ridicule. Each mind is a universe in little, a cell
of the universe in great, one as eternal as the other, and subject to the same law of
gradual unfoldment. Some day we shall all know the intricate and
the complicated as we at present know that which is simple and few of parts; but of the
infinite aggregate, the unfathomable indivisible total, our Masonry teaches us the value. NOW.

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9 thoughts on “God and Freemasonry | Symbols and Symbolism

  1. i have a crest that has a three pointed leaf inside of the left point of the leaf is a K and on the right point of the leaf is a Z. In between the K and the Z is a pine cone stamped on the back of the crest. the front has a spread eagle with a crown looking to the right. Above the eagle is a little boy with a book and crown with two angles on each side.. the little boy is pointing up to the woman the is holding him.. She has a bigger crown with two angels on each side as well. a circle behind her head with sun rise coming out of the circle.Kazakhstan I the K Z stands for Kazakhstan but i not really sure the piece looks to be from the 1400-1500's not really sure. Do you know anybody that would have knowledge on something like this. I heard the leaf stands for the three temples but no really sure on that either.

  2. So what Mr. Higgins is clearly stating is that Freemasonry teaches all religions are praying to the same god and that by studying all of the various religions and mythical stories one can know God.
    He begins by basically stating Freemasonry answers to the Great Architect of the Universe the god that all religions are praying to and everyone just uses their special name for said god.
    This teaching is a slap in the face to the One True God that in the beginning made ALL things.

    In the beginning was the Word,
    and the Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
    He was with God in the beginning.
    Through him all things were made;
    without him nothing was made that has been made.
    In him was life,
    and that life was the light of all mankind.
    John 1:1-4 NIV
    The Word became flesh
    and made his dwelling among us.
    John 1:14
    Jesus made the claim that He is God, not a god but The One True God/Creator of the Universe.
    “Very truly I tell you,”
    Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
    John 8:58
    In John 10:30 Jesus said “I and the Father are one.”
    Then in verse 31 we see the Jewish leaders were ready to kill Jesus
    Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” John 10:31 NIV
    And in verse 33 we find out why the Jewish leaders want Jesus dead.
    “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
    There is only one religion that teaches Jesus IS God so for those men that follow that religion Jesus said that should not partake in false teachings.
    I’ll refer you to 2 Corinthians 6:14-17

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