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  • Nikolaj
    Dear Father Ambrose Asking your blessing. Thank you for your help. Such articles can be very useful indeed. What I was looking for, however, was something like
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 7, 2000
      Dear Father Ambrose
      Asking your blessing.

      Thank you for your help.
      Such articles can be very useful indeed.
      What I was looking for, however, was
      something like Oleg Platonovs'
      "Tajna Bezzakonija" in english translation.
      The emigree author, V. Ivanov also wrote a very interesting
      book called: "Russkaya Intelligentsiya i
      Masonstva: ot Petra I. do nashikh dnei."

      I just wondered, if one of our Monasteries
      who publishes such outstanding translations,
      also did one of the classics about masonry?
      The masons played a very prominent role
      in the downfall of Orthodox Russia, so I
      am rather surprised that absolutely nothing is published?

      I have several english language books, written by protestants,
      but they very often miss the point, and think that masonry
      is just a "boys club" or a "charital" club. They often do not
      see the the broader perspective and the historical perspectives.

      In Christ

      "Forgiveness is better than revenge. "
      St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
      + + +

      ----- Original Message -----
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      Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2000 5:55 AM
      Subject: [orthodox-synod] Masonry and Christianity

      > Masonry and Christianity
      > ___________________
      > Dear Nikolai, I forget where I found this small article - not an
      > Orthodox source, but I once found it quite useful as a starting point to
      > refute the compatibility of Masonry and Christianity. Each section
      > starts with quotes from Masonic authorities, and is concluded by quotes
      > from Scripture. When you put them side by side like this, the two are
      > clearly seen as incompatible.
      > Father Ambrose
      > --------------------------------
      > Masonry: "In his private petitions a man may petition God or
      > Jehovah, Allah or Buddha, Mohammed or Jesus; he may call upon the God of
      > Israel or the First Great Cause. In the Masonic Lodge he hears petition
      > to the Great Architect of the Universe, finding his own deity under that
      > name. A hundred paths may wind upward around a mountain; at the top they
      > meet."
      > (Carl H. Claudy, "Introduction to Freemasonry." p. 38)
      > Christianity: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and
      > the Life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me. (Jn.14:6) Neither is
      > there salvation in any other: for there is none other name {but Jesus}
      > under eaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
      > ---------------------------
      > GOD
      > Masonry: "...Since every man's conception of God must be
      > proportioned to his mental cultivation, and intellectual powers, and
      > moral excellence. God is, as man conceives Him, the reflected image of
      > man himself. (Albert Pike, "Morals and Dogma," 14th Degree, p. 234) "The
      > only personal God Freemasonry accepts is humanity in toto...Humanity
      > therefore is the only personal God that there is." (J.D. Buck, "Mystic
      > Masonry," p. 216) "The Absolute is Reason. Reason IS, by means of
      > itself. It IS because IT IS...If God IS, HE IS by Reason." (Albert Pike,
      > "Morals and Dogma," 28th Degree. p.737)
      > Christianity: In the Beginning God created the heaven and the
      > earth. (Gen. 1:1) For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the
      > Father, the Word {Jesus}, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
      > (I Jn. 5:7) God said undo Moses, I AM THAT I AM... (Ex. 3:14)
      > ------------------------------
      > Masonry: "...the literal meaning (of the Bible) is for the
      > vulgar only." (Albert Pike, "Digest of Morals and Dogma," p. 166)
      > "Masonry makes no profession of Christianity...but looks forward to the
      > time when the labor ofour ancient brethren shall be symbolized by the
      > erection of a spiritual temple...in which there shall be but one alter
      > and one worship; one common altar of Masonry on which the Veda, Shastra,
      > Sade, Zend-Avesta, Koran and Holy Bible shall lie...and at whose shrine
      > the Hindoo, the Persian, the Assyrian, the Chaldean, the Egyptian, the
      > Chinese, the Mohammedan, the Jew and the Christian may kneel..." ("The
      > Kentucky Monitor." Fellowcraft Degree, p. 95) The removal of the name of
      > Jesus and references to Him in Bible verses used in the ritual are
      > "slight but necessary modifications." (Albert Mackey, "Masonic
      > Ritualist." p. 272)
      > Christianity: The Words of the Lord are pure words, as silver
      > tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psa. 12:6) All
      > Scripture is given by inspiration of God... (II Tim. 3:16) ...if they
      > speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in
      > them. (Isa. 8:20)
      > ------------------------------
      > Masonry: "These three degrees (1st, 2nd, 3rd) thus form a
      > perfect and harmonious whole, nor can it be conceived that anything can
      > be suggested more, which the soul of man requires." (Daniel Sickles,
      > "Ahimon Rezon or Freemason's Guide." p. 196) "If we with suitable true
      > devotion maintain our Masonic profession, our faith will become a beam
      > of light an bring us to
      > those blessed mansions where we shall be eternally happy with God, the
      > Great Architect of the Universe." (Daniel Sickles, "Ahimon Rezon or
      > Freemason's Guide." p. 79) "...salvation by faith and the vicarious
      > atonement were not taught as now interpreted, by Jesus, nor are these
      > doctrines taught in the esoteric scriptures. They are later and ignorant
      > perversions of the
      > original doctrines." (J.D. Buck, "Mystic Masonry." p. 57)
      > Christianity: As it is written. There is none righteous no not
      > one: (Rom. 3:10) For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
      > (Rom. 3:23) For He hath made Him {Jesus} to be sin for us, who knew no
      > sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (II Cor.
      > 5:21) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
      > yourselves: it is the
      > gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Eph. 2:8-9)
      > ---------------------------------------
      > SATAN
      > Masonry: "The conviction of all men that God is good led to a
      > belief in a devil..." (Albert Pike, "Morals and Dogma." 19th Degree, p.
      > 324) "...there is no rebellious demon of Evil, or Principle of Darkness
      > coexistent and in eternal controversy with God, or the Principle of
      > Light..." (Albert Pike, "Morals and Dogma," 32nd Degree, p.859)
      > Christianity: Ye are of your father, the devil...he is a liar,
      > and the father of it. (Jn. 8:44) Resist the devil, and he will flee from
      > you. (Jas. 4:7) Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to
      > stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh
      > and blood, but against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
      > this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph. 6:11-12)
      > ...your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking
      > whom he may
      > devour. (I Pet. 5:8)
      > --------------------------------------
      > Masonry: The Mason Doctrine teaches that it right to lie, if
      > necessary to protect the secrets of the Lodge, or to protect brother
      > Masons by concealing his wrongdoing. It can even be right to
      > deliberately deceive sincere Masons seeking to learn the lessons and
      > secrets of Masonry.
      > "The Blue Degrees are but the portico (porch) of the Temple. Part of
      > thesymbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally
      > misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall
      > understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine that he
      > understands them...their true ecplication (explanation / understanding)
      > is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry." (Albert Pike,
      > "Morals and Dogma," 30th Degree, p.189) "You must conceal all crimes of
      > your brother Masons...and should you be summoned as a witness against a
      > brother Mason be always sure to shield him...It may be perjury to do
      > this, it is true, but you' are keeping your obligations." (Ronayne,
      > "Handbook of Masonry." p. 183) "Furthermore do I
      > promise and swear that a Master Mason's secrets, given to me in charge
      > as such, and I knowing them to be such, shall remain as secure and
      > inviolable in my breast as in his own, when communicated to me, murder
      > and treason excepted; and they left to my own election." (Master Mason's
      > / 3rd Degree Oath of Obligation)
      > Christianity: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy
      > neighbor. (Ex. 20:16) Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither
      > lie one to another. (Lev. 19:11) ...lie not to one another. (Col. 3:9)
      > ...all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire
      > and brimstone; which is the second death.
      > (Rev 21:8)
      > -----------------------------------
      > Masonry: Secrecy is indispensable in a Mason of whatever degree."
      > (Albert Pike, "Morals and Dogma," 4th Degree, p. 109) I...do hereon most
      > solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will always hail, ever
      > conceal and never reveal any of the arts, parts or points of the secret
      > arts or any mysteries of ancient Freemasonry which I have received, am
      > about to
      > receive, or may hereafter be instructed in..." (Oath of Obligation,
      > Entered Apprentice/1st Degree, and included in all subsequent degrees,
      > always on penalty of mayhem and violent death) "...binding myself under
      > no less a penalty that that of
      > having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken out and burned to
      > ashes, the ashes scattered to the four winds of heaven..." (from the
      > Oath of Obligation, Master Mason/Third Degree) "...In willful violation
      > whereof may I incur the fearful penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to
      > the center with a three-edged blade, my feet flayed and I be forced to
      > walk the hot sands upon sterile shores of the Red Sea until the flaming
      > Sun shall strike me with a livid plague, and may Allah, the god of Arab,
      > Moslem and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support me to the entire
      > fulfillment of the same." (from the Oath of Obligation, Ancient Arabic
      > Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine ["Shriners"])
      > Christianity:
      > I {Jesus} spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and
      > in the temple...and in secret have I said nothing. (Jn.
      > 18:20) Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (Rom. 12:17) Thou
      > shalt not kill (murder). (Ex. 20:13) But above all things, my brethren,
      > swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other
      > oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into
      > condemnation. (Jas. 5:12)
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