what is illuminati and freemasons?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Question: "What is Free Masonry and what do Free Masons believe?"

    Answer: Freemasonry, Eastern Star, and other similar "secret" organizations appear to be harmless fellowship gatherings. Many of them appear to promote belief in God. However, upon closer examination, we find that the only belief requirement is not that one must believe in the True and Living God, but rather, that one must believe in the existence of a “Supreme Being”, which includes the “gods” of Islam, Hinduism, or any other world religion. The unbiblical and anti-Christian beliefs and practices of this organization are partially hidden beneath an outward appearance of a supposed compatibility with the Christian faith. The following is a comparison of what the Bible says with the "official" position of Freemasonry:

    Salvation from Sin:

    The Bible’s View: Jesus became the sinner’s sacrifice before God when He shed His blood and died as the propitiation (payment) for the sins of all those who would ever believe (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:8, John 3:16).

    Mason’s View: The very process of joining the Lodge requires Christians to ignore the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. According to Freemasonry, a person will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement.

    The View of the Bible:

    The Bible’s View: The supernatural and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures—that they are inerrant and that their teachings and authority are absolute, supreme, and final. The Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13).

    Mason’s View: The Bible is only one of several “Volume(s) of Sacred Law,” all of which are deemed to be equally important in Freemasonry. The Bible is an important book, only as far as those members who claim to be Christians are concerned, just as the Koran is important to Muslims. The Bible is not considered to be the exclusive Word of God, nor is it considered to be God’s sole revelation of himself to humankind; but only one of many religious sourcebooks. It is a good guide for morality. The Bible is used primarily as a symbol of God’s will, which can also be captured in other sacred texts, like the Koran or Rig Vedas.

    The Doctrine of God:

    The Bible’s View: There is one God. The various names of God refer to the God of Israel and reveal certain attributes of God. To worship other gods or to call upon other deities is idolatry (Exodus 20:3). Paul spoke of idolatry as a heinous sin (1 Corinthians 10:14) and John said that idolaters will perish in hell (Revelation 21:8).

    Mason’s View: All members must believe in a deity. Different religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc.) acknowledge the same God, only call Him different names. Freemasonry invites people of all faiths, even if they use different names for the ‘Nameless One of a hundred names,’ they are yet praying to the one God and Father of all.

    The Doctrine of Jesus and the Trinity:

    The Bible’s View: Jesus was God in human form (Matthew 1:18-24, John 1:1). Jesus is the second person of the trinity (Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:9-11). While on earth, He was fully human (Mark 4:38, Matthew 4:2) and fully divine (John 20:28, John 1:1-2, Acts 4:10-12). Christians should pray in Jesus’ name and proclaim Him before others, regardless of offense to non-Christians (John 14:13-14, 1 John 2:23, Acts 4:18-20).

    Mason’s View: There is no exclusivity in Jesus Christ or the Triune God who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; therefore there is no doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ. It is deemed to be un-Masonic to invoke the name of Jesus when praying, or mention His name in the Lodge. Suggesting that Jesus is the only way to God contradicts the principle of tolerance. The name of Jesus has been omitted from biblical verses that are used in Masonic rituals. Jesus is on the same level as other religious leaders.

    Human Nature and Sin:

    The Bible’s View: All humans are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved, and need a Savior from sin (Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Psalm 51:5, Ephesians 2:1). The Bible denies that because of the Fall, humanity has within itself the capacity for moral perfection (1 John 1:8-10, Romans 1:18-25).

    Mason’s View: Through symbols and emblems, Masons teach that man is not sinful, just “rude and imperfect by nature”. Human beings are able to improve their character and behavior in various ways, including acts of charity, moral living, and voluntary performance of civic duty. Humanity possesses the ability of moving from imperfection toward total perfection. Moral and spiritual perfection lies within men and women.

    When a Christian takes the oath of Freemasonry, he is swearing to the following doctrines that God has pronounced false and sinful:

    1. That salvation can be gained by man’s good works.

    2. That Jesus is just one of many equally revered prophets.

    3. That they will remain silent in the Lodge and not talk of Christ.

    4. That they are approaching the Lodge

    Question: "What is the Illuminati conspiracy?"

    Answer: The “Illuminati,” an alleged secret society of illumined ones, has been a primary focus of conspiracy theorists. The Illuminati conspiracy essentially believes that in the world there are one or more major groups conspiring to take over the world. Jesus tells us in Matthew 15:14, “If the blind lead the blind they shall both fall into the pit” (see also John 9:41)! Most have been thoroughly convinced that all such conspiracy theories are preposterous imaginings, warped fables, urban legends, or are a response to unfounded fears. It has been said that the devil’s best deception is to make people believe that he does not exist – the ultimate conspiracy!

  • 1 decade ago

    Illuminati: the Bavarian Illuminati, worked toward a "new world order" was a competitor fraternity to the freemasons, it died out shortly after it began. no modern group that uses its name is related to the original group.

    Freemasons: social fraternity, presumably grew out of masonic guilds, still in existence, studies morality through ritual, symbol and allegory, provides more charity than any other group on the planet - not associated with any of the modern conspiracy theories (new world order, satan worship, illuminati, aliens, etc...)

    to some others:

    * alex jones is a "don't forget about me too..." anti-mason wannabe

    * freemasonry is not a secret society; neither is it for the upper class, most freemasons i know are average people...

    * the "great architect of the universe" is a term that the freemasons (and other groups) picked up from the Catholic Church). One Way!'s explantion of the "Mason's View" is absolutely wrong; according to freemasonry, the only way you can find salvation is through your Church...freemasonry is not a religion, so his other points are rather moot...

    Source(s): I am a Freemason
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Illuminati and The Freemasons are two "secret" organizations for members of the upper-class and those who possess "great minds". One of the claims of the Freemasons is that their ancestors were the ones who designed and aided in the building of the ancient world wonders, namely the Pyramids in Egypt, and to join you need to be able to trace you ancestory back to a pure blooded Hebrew. The Illuminati is often depicted in film as being an organization that deals with magic, the occult and other "mystical" aspects of reality. Perhaps a more true statement is they attempt to find scientific or "logical" explaination behind ancient magic and encourage the use of these talents in the real world.

    Search the web, you might be able to find better answers, but as always there is Wikipedia.

    Source(s): DISCLAIMER: I am not associated with either of the two mentioned organizations, but have read a few books on the subjects while in college.....yes, I was that bored my senior year.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Illuminati are a fantasy of the paranoid.

    The Freemasons are real.

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes secret societies, but the illuminati in its modern use are people who want the world to be a one-world government and are hidden behind a 'iron-curtain.' i consider the illuminati though the richest bankers of the world one is the Rockefeller family.

  • 1 decade ago

    Freemasons are members of a group who aim to make a brotherhood of humanity.

    Illuminati? Google it.

  • 1 decade ago

    They are the most evil people on the entire planet, they make serial killers look like boyscouts and they should all have to go in front of a firing squad.

    go to video.google.com and look up illuminati or alex jones.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    greek "illumination" , name given to those who submitted to christian baptism.those who were baptized were called "illuminati" or "illuminated ones" by the Ante-Nicene clergy, on the assumption that those who were instructed for baptism in the apostolic faith had an enlightened understanding.

    Freemasons- members of craft guilds who united into lodges in england in the early 1700's. . .

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Secret people that knows the secrets of the world in detail.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    if you go to youtube and do a search you will find plenty of videos there regarding this issue... you can make your own conclusions after doing a bit of research.

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