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The Masonic View of God

It has been said, that the first sign of heresy starts with how one defines the nature of God. If one defines God outside of the Biblical context, than such a definition is considered heretical from a Christian worldview.

How does Freemasonry define God?

Monotheism is the sole dogma of Freemasonry. Belief in one God is required of every initiate, but his conception of the Supreme Being is left to his own interpretation. Freemasonry is not concerned with theological distinctions. This is the basis of our universality.

Grand Lodge of Indiana, Indiana Monitor & Freemason's Guide, 1993 Edition, page 41

Therefore, if a Mason's concept of God is left to his own interpretation, than as far as Freemasonry is concern, it doesn't matter what or who its members believe in just as long as they believe that He, or it, is one in the same, which again is the basis of Masonic universality.

So, for example, if a Muslim Mason's view of God comes from the Koran and a Christian Mason's view of God comes from the Bible, it's okay because they are still worshiping the same God. If the Koran teaches that God has no Son, and the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, then it stands to reason that it is impossible for both of them to be worshiping the same God. Yet, Freemasonry would have them believe that they do.

More importantly, is the Masonic concept of God consistent with the Bible according to the following passages of Scripture?

You will find that the answer is no, because while the Bible does teach that there is only one God, it teaches that this one God is triune and made up of three distinct persons, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.

The God of the Bible is a jealous God and rightfully doesn't want us to worship any other god, nor does He want to be worshipped in addition to other gods (Deuteronomy 32:16). Therefore, Freemasonry is teaching heresy about the nature of God.

The Dual Meaning of Letter "G" in the Masonic Symbol

"My Brother, we are now in a place representing the Middle Chamber of King Solomon's Temple.  Behold the letter "G" suspended in the East!  It is the initial of Geometry, the first and noblest of sciences, and the basis on which the superstructure of Freemasonry is erected.  By Geometry we may curiously trace Nature through her various windings to her most concealed recesses;  by it we discover the power, wisdom and goodness of the Grand Artificer of the Universe, and view with delight the proportions which compose the vast machine;  by it we discover how the planets move in their respective orbits, and demonstrate their various revolutions;  by it we count for the return of the seasons, and the variety of scenes which each season displays to the discerning eye.  Numberless worlds are around us, all framed by the same Divine Artist, which roll through the vast expanse, and are all conducted by the same unerring law of Nature.  The letter G to which your attention was directed on your passage hither, has a still greater and more significant meaning.  It is the initial and sacred name of God, before whom all Masons, from the youngest Entered Apprentice who stands in the Northeast corner of the Lodge, to the Worshipful master who resides in the East, should most humbly, reverently, and devoutly bow."

- Pages 18 & 19, Fellow Craft Degree, State of Nevada Ritual, Circa 1986

Canopy Deity

"You have learned that Freemasonry calls God, 'The Great Architect of the Universe" (G.A.O.T.U.). This is the Freemason's special name for God, because he is universal. He belongs to all men regardless of their religious persuasion. All wise men acknowledge His authority. In his private devotions a Mason will pray to Jehovah, Mohammed, Allah, Jesus or the Deity of his choice. In a Masonic Lodge, however, the Mason will find the name of his Deity within the G.A.O.T.U."

- Page 6, The Craft and Its Symbols by Allen E. Roberts

Masonic Worship - A Canopy Deity

Masonic Worship - A Canopy DeityIn lodge, a Mason may offer his devotions to the Deity he reveres using the title Great Architect of the Universe, no matter what name he may use in his private religious worship.

Thus Freemasons worship the Great Architect of the Universe – a symbol of Deity as named and worshiped in all lodges.

Could a Christian worship a symbol which is supposed to represent a "generic" God in order to satisfy any Mason's God including but not limited to Baal, Allah, Ra, Buddha, Jehovah, Vishnu, Lucifer and Krishna, as well as worship Jesus Christ, and actually be worshipping only the God of the Bible?

What Freemasonry fails to acknowledge is the fact that the most common theme throughout Scripture is some form of idolatry. We know from Scripture-and from common sense-that every person believes something, everyone worships something or someone. As we study the Bible, we not only learn about truth, we are given much insight into non-truth, and into the false systems of belief that people create for themselves in rebellion against the revelation of God. Freemasonry is such a system. The question to ask is what insight does any given passage of Scripture offer concerning the non-biblical world views, beliefs, values, and practices of, not only Freemasonry, but of our entire pluralistic, post-Modern society?

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