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A Look at The gods (and their relationships to one another)

Greetings and welcome back to our study and opinion of Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma” as we continue with chapter 28.   This time we will read Pike’s study of the ancient gods and their relationships between them and to the god(s) we are familiar with today.    “Why do we need to keep studying the ancient gods and religions, anyway?” , you may ask.     You may feel that you are firm in your own belief system, and you may feel as though you have somehow inherited THE true way to believe in and worship within the religion you chose or were raised up to believe in.     There is no issue in feeling that way. And, most Masons should have a respect that you feel that way and most likely many reading this page have the same thoughts as you regarding the study of any other religion except their own.     We should study other belief systems because we usually find that our own belief system has more in common with another than are different from another. When we realize that the story of the orig…

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Who am I? Why am I here? (continue chapter 28)

Welcome back as we continue reading and studying Chapter 28 of Albert Pike’s “Morals and Dogma”.   Today, we further our thoughts about God and mankind, and we begin with the age old questions “Who am I? Why am I here?"    Some days, I must admit to wondering if this position I hold in existence in the universe is just a waste of time. Then upon further review of the question, I realize that existence is NOT a waste of time, but failing to try and better society, both present and future societies, during my existence is certainly a missed opportunity.  And now, LET’S READ PIKE! Before the world grew old, the primitive Truth faded out from men's Souls. Then man asked himself, "What am I? and how and whence am I? and whither do I go?" And the Soul, looking inward upon itself, strove to learn whether that "I" were mere matter; its thought and reason and its passions and affections mere results of material combination; or a material Being enveloping an immaterial …

Begin Chapter 28 of Morals and Dogma What is God?

Greetings and welcome back as we begin Chapter 28 of Morals and Dogma. Today we will beging to take a look through the mnd of Albert Pike the descriptions of “God”.   We know that “God” has a different meaning to different cultures and to each individual the concept of “God” may also have a different definition and even a different feeling.   It is not ever prudent for any freemason to hold judgement onto another regarding any other person’s belief system or their definition of who or what “God” is.   It is the duty of the freemason to stand beside any individual and to defend their inherent right to seek light and worship however they choose.    And now, LET’S READ PIKE! XXVIII.KNIGHT OF THE SUN, OR PRINCE ADEPT.GOD is the author of everything that existeth; the Eternal, the Supreme, the Living, and Awful Being; from Whom nothing in the Universe is hidden. Make of Him no idols and visible images; but rather worship Him in the deep solitudes of sequestered forests; for He is invisible, a…

Morals and Dogma Chapter 27

Greetings and welcome back to our study of Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike.  Where Chapter 26 was lengthy and took weeks to read and comprehend, Chapter 27 is one page, so I will post it here in its entirety today, and with minimal commentary.    Please take time to compare Pike’s words of warning and direction regarding his own time (Morals and Dogma was pubished in 1871) to our own time and you will note what human nature and the ability of power to corrupt was just a poignant then as it is now.    If you are living a Masonic life, do it well! Be upright and fight for what is just, and do not stand back and let injustice bloom when you can help make injustice wither.    And now, LET’S READ PIKE! p. 578XXVII.KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE TEMPLE.THIS is the first of the really Chivalric Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. It occupies this place in the Calendar of the Degrees between the 26th and the last of the Philosophical Degrees, in order, by breaking the continuity of these, …