Do Freemasons worship the devil?
Here is the answer to the question “No they don’t.” Most Freemasons are generally Christian, Muslim, or Hebrew which have a belief in the God of the Bible, Koran, or Torah.
Yet, others are Muslim and other religions, we meet as a fraternity, not as a religion. We are taught to love one another. Plus create a society made up of peace and harmony thus to reject evil. Further, Freemasonry is not a church or religion.
Every lodge has an altar with the Bible on it. Every lodge has a Chaplain which leads the brothers in prayer. This prayer is non-denominational in nature and is shared at the opening or closing of the meeting. The opening prayer is done during the flag ceremony which is open to the public to see. The devil is never mentioned in any prayer. Nor is the name of the devil ever mentioned in a degree or in a meeting either. Freemasons are not worshiping the devil during the stated communication.
Do Freemasons have to take an oath to the devil in the Masonic degrees?
No, Freemasons do not take an oath to the devil in any Masonic Degrees. The Masonic degrees discuss how to learn to make yourself better so you can go into the world and make the world better. The Masonic degree focus on ethical decision making and understanding life is short so we should attempt to do as much good as we can while we can. We use symbols to explain and remember the lessons taught in the degrees.
There is no ritual or ceremonial which discuss or directly/indirectly include the devil. Making the world a better place and a more peaceful place actually go against the teachings of the devil. The devil wants people to be divided against one another and to fight with each other. The Masons want the opposite and the Masons want everyone to love one another.
How did the devil get associated with the Freemasons?
The devil can first be found in the Morals and Dogma written by Albert Pike. Brother Albert Pike researched many religions and tried to compile all the lessons of love over the ages. The Scottish Rite degrees discuss the further ethical lessons and ways love was spread in the past. The Scottish Rite pulls information from my great books including the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the Kabbalah as well as sacred texts from the far east. Unfortunately, Brother Pike’s research was not perfect, but no man is perfect, expect the One they nailed to the cross.
Baphomet was mentioned in the book Morals and Dogma.
“Hierogliphically to express this law of prudence, they gave their mercury, personified in Egypt as Hermanubis, a dog’s head; and to their Sulpher, represented by the Baphomet of the Temple, that goat’s head which brought into such disrepute the occult Mediaeval associations.” “The Gnostics held that it composed the igneous body of the Holy Spirit ; and it was adored in the secret rites of the Sabbat or the Temple, under the hieroglyphic figure of Baphomet or the hermaphroditic goat of Mendes.”
Yet, Brother Pike was attempting to explain Egyptian scripture in the book’s chapter. This chapter was to add more value to the candidate and/or new brother to further educate the life/ethical lessons of the degree. He termed the Baphomet, “the Goat of Mendes” — confusing it with Banebdjedet, an Ancient Egyptian ram god. Brother Pike most likely was researching ‘The Book of the Heavenly Cow’ which describes the “Ram of Mendes”. Unfortunately, this mistake was printed and reprinted for decades. Which only added to the conspiracy theorists’ excitement to uncover some random and obscure word.
Do the Freemasons have any links to the Church of Satan?
No, this church was formed in the 1960s. It was created in the United States and adopted the inverted pentagram to become a popular symbol for Satan. The founders were Oswald Wirth and Maurice Bessy, neither of whom were ever Freemasons. Further, most Freemasons would agree that a satanist can not be made a Mason because the devil is not a God. The devil is simply a fallen angel and is not deity therefore no Satanist can be made a Mason. There is no link or connection with this organization and Freemasonry.
Further, Freemasonry was formed thousands of years ago by builders. The church mentioned above is a mere infant compared to the Catholic Church or most major religions in our world.
Do the Higher Degrees in Masonry have any links to the devil?
No. The higher degrees are for honoring the hard work of brothers in the fraternity. Generally, it simply highlights the ethical lessons again for the brothers by introducing leadership ethics in a symbol sense. As a Past Master, which is an honorary type of degree for elected Worshipful Masters to participate in, I have first-hand knowledge that no mention of the devil was directly or indirectly ever made.
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