Re: Are the Masons evil?
First of all, thanks for the video, but it wasnt very good. It failed to look into the symbols, many of who are really simple to understand.
The hexagram, or the star of David, seal of Solomon or what ever you wanna call it. The seal of Solomon comes from the tale of Solomon, who had gotten a ring from the heavens with the name of God engraved in it. With this ring he could controll the demons, good and evil. It is also to be found in Arabian Night, among other the tales of Sinbad the Sailor. I guess you can also see it a yin and yan, up and down, heaven and earth or the fire and water. You also find the symbol in eastern religions, Hinduism and Buddhism.
In Encyclopedia of Freemasonry it says: "The interlacing triangles or deltas symbolize the union of the two principles or forces, the active and passive, male and female, pervading the universe... The two triangles, one white and the other black, interlacing, typify the mingling of apparent opposites in nature, darkness and light, error and truth, ignorance and wisdom, evil and good, throughout human life."
The pentagram, that many christians see as an evil sign, was also used by christians. It was a symbol of the wounds of Jesus. Its origin is probably just a symbol of a star. You will find mention of the pentagram in the Old Testament, keyword: Moses.
In Norway the pentagram was used to scare evil creatures/demons away, carved over the door of your larder.
If you turn the pentagram, upside down, you have the satanic form. This is pretty modern, compared to how old the symbol is. The Sigil of Baphomet is first found in the book “La Clef de la Magie Noire” from 1897, the one we know is from the Church of Satan, the LaVey satanism. He wrote the Satanic Bible in 1969, and by then freemasonry had been around for a very very very long time.
If you enter a masonic lodge you will find a prayer room, there you will find the books from the to most common religions, the christian and muslim. Ask the next time your in one, they will probably be happy to show you around.
But to belive LaVey? Isnt that kinda odd? Remember that Satan/Lucifer is a christian creation, and is simply just a personification of the morning star, Lucifer. The star that shine brighest before the sun comes up, early on seen as something good. The bringer of light, and light here is God. That why still today you have many christians symbols showing sunrays out of the sky, from there we come to another simple symbol, the eye of Providence.
The eye of Providence, also known as the all-seeing eye, is an old symbol of God. The form often used by masons, also found on the dollar bill, is from around 1700 -1800, but the eye as an symbol is much older, like the eye of Horus. In Buddhism its called the eye of the world.
It is also a old christian symbol for God, the all-seeing God. The triangle is the symbol of trinity.
Its a powerfull symbol, and old, thats all. There is nothing scary about it, if you dont wanna make it that way.
Why the word Providence? Well, its just another word for God. It means to see the future, or see ahead. Further you can look at the word provide, or the provider. It is read in different ways in different religions, or different directons of christianity. Providence is important in American history, like the manifest destiny.
When it comes to religion in masonry, what you say is not true. Most are open to all religions, but in Scandinavia the tradition is to only let christians be let in. This is different from masonry to masonry.