Masonic teaching is symbolic.

The most important symbol?


The most important symbol of Freemasonry is the Legend of the Third Degree. In the legend, Hiram Abiff is unjustly murdered, buried and raised from the grave. Each man being initiated portrays Hiram in ritual.

The Worshipful Master closes the ritual with these words:

Then, finally my brethren, let us imitate our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, in his virtuous conduct, his unfeigned piety to God, and his inflexible fidelity to his trust; that, like him, we may welcome the grim tyrant, Death, and receive him as a kind messenger sent by our Supreme Grand Master, to translate us from this imperfect to that all-perfect, glorious, and celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.

The meaning of the ritual is obvious to those who are not blinded by Satan.  Freemasons are encouraged to imitate Hiram Abiff so that they may get into heaven.  Some Masons attempt to view this as representing the death, burial and resurrection of  Jesus.  However, even if the name Jesus Christ were substituted for Hiram Abiff, this teaching would still be a false of salvation.  No where in Scripture does it state that we should imitate Jesus to get into heaven.  What is required for salvation is faith in Jesus Christ.  Notice that Masonic ritual substitutes imitation for faith and Hiram Abiff for Jesus Christ.

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