Masonry and Context

In the past I was a Mason, I’m not anymore. I joined hoping to learn more about the scriptures from them. I didn’t, and ironically learning the scriptures more is what lead me out of the organization.

I asked God and he said it was okay for me to join. He never told me they were good or evil. What I make of it now, is that God gave me experiences to help me better understand and help others, as stated in my Patriarchal Blesing.

So when I was Mason, I saw things in the BoM that I thought showed Masonry was good. I did not look at the context enough.

Here is one example:

1 Nephi (LDS 7:16) (RLDS 2:26-27) And it came to pass that when I, Nephi, had spoken these words unto my brethren, they were angry with me. And it came to pass that they did lay their hands upon me, for behold, they were exceedingly wroth, and they did bind me with cords, for they sought to take away my life, that they might leave me in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts.

In Masonry all the oaths there is talk of other members feeding you to wild beasts, as in this verse. But part of the context of this verse is who is giving who to the wild beasts. It is the wicked wanting to feed the righteous to the wild beats.

2 thoughts on “Masonry and Context

  1. Hugh Nibley in Lehi in the Desert pointed out that feeding you to wild beasts was an old Bedouin way of killing you without being guilty of murder because you didn’t do it, just facilitated it.

    It’s interesting that in Freemasonry, you’re oathing to do what Laman and Lemuel did. These are not the people you want to be emulating!

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    • I don’t believe the argument that I am not the one that did the killing even though I set it in motion so I’m not guilty of it. We are judged by our thoughts and intents and actions. We thought about murder, and intented it to happen, and we did actions to have it happen.

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