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What does everyone think about this quote from Albert Pike? Of course everyone here knows who Albert Pike is right?
In Morals and Dogma, Pike wrote:
“Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it….
The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason…
every man’s conception of God must be proportioned to his mental cultivation and intellectual powers, and moral excellence. God is, as man conceives Him, the reflected image of man himself…” 1
The next statement reduces the Masonic philosophy to a single premise. Pike writes:
“The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahveh reversed; for Satan is not a black god but the negation of God. The Devil is the personification of Atheism or Idolatry.
Lucifer, the Light Bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls?
Doubt it not!”

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  1. As someone earlier stated, Pike was “out there.” He was a confederate general, and helped found the Ku-Klux-Klan, and was Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite Masons. His contemporaries might have called him a “libertine, traitor, glutton, incompetent, [and a] murderer.”
    His comments, I think, reflect not only his biases, but also are a commentary on the feelings of the day.
    My thoughts on what he said:
    God does not reveal all his words to all people for the same reason that Jesus spoke in parables. Many are not prepared to receive the word. “Let he who has ears hear.”
    13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
    14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
    15 For this people’s aheart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
    (Matthew 13: 13-15_
    Jesus said to his apostles:
    12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
    13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
    (John 16:12-13)
    And Paul taught:
    And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
    2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
    (1 Corinthians 3:1-2)
    Secrets?, no. Line upon line precept upon precept (Isaiah 28: 9-13)
    As to the second quote:
    I am not a Mason, but my grandfather was, and I know several now. I can say without a doubt that they do not think of Freemasonry as a religion, but as an organization that does good works, and helps people. Do not the scriptures say “By their fruits shall ye know them?” (Matt. 7: 16, 20)

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