Hence it follows that Redemption is the necessary complement of Creation, and accordingly we find that tradition assert s that as a consequence of the Fall it was necessary and within the Divine Providence that humanity should be redeemed and restored to its former high estate, the restoration in turn requiring vast time cycles for its achievement.
Freemasonry, as a secret association, has lived unchanged for centuries an open society it would not last for as many years. By the time of Abraham and Lot, the human state, at least in their part of the world, had once again gotten out of control.
The present name of the Order, and Its titles, and the names of the Degrees now in use, were not then known.
The story elaborates how Rosenkreuz traveled to Syria and then Egypt to study the occult. I told her I was aware of its involvement but that I still did not understand exactly what role the Masonic Order played in the overall scheme of things.
Membership in the Knights Templars was originally limited to nobles. A thirty-third degree Mason, particularly, would be well received everywhere in any country, in any rite the existence of which is acknowledged. A few modern Grand Lodges, in adopting a regulation that the decision of Subordinate Lodges, in cases of expulsion, cannot be wholly set aside upon an appeal, have violated this unquestioned Landmark, as well as the principles of just government.
Its tenets have been known throughout recent history by philosophers, poets, theologians, astronomers, alchemists and occultist—all of whom have been initiated into its wisdom. This equality has no reference to any subversion of those gradations of rank which have been instituted by the usages of society.
To Freemasons labor is worship. Morals and Dogma, for example, has allotted more than forty pages to Gnosticism and its connection with Freemasonry.
I discovered that historical documents pertaining to the beginnings of Freemasonry and the spread of organized occultism had been preserved in a number of Masonic libraries throughout the world. The tradition is also universal of the collective soul of the human race having sustained a "fall" a moral declension from its true path of life and evolution, which has had the effect of severing it almost entirely from its creative source, and which, as the ages advanced, has involved its sinking more and more deeply into physical conditions.
Mackey admits to the initial success of the Illuminati, commenting: The description of this principle as "the widow's son reflects in our modern system a beautiful piece of the Gnostic symbolism, and refers to the widowed nature of the Divine Motherhood as the result of the defection from wisdom of her frail children. We assume that our ancestors lived in moral benightedness out of which we have since gradually emerged into comparative light.
I told you, said he, but you could not bear it. In essence, in Freemasonry, it means that by means of education and the acquirement of knowledge, a man, who begins as Rough Ashlar an imperfect stone improves the state of his spiritual and moral being and becomes like Perfect Ashlar and makes the final journey to the Grand Lodge Above.
This is why God destroyed it.