The Star in the East: Shewing the Analogy which Exists Between Lectures of Freemasonry : the Mechanism of Initiation Into Its Mysteries and the Christian Religion

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G.B. Whittaker, 1825 - 172 էջ

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Էջ 41 - A mason is obliged, by his tenure, to obey the moral law; and if he rightly understands the art, he will never be a stupid atheist, nor an irreligious libertine.
Էջ 136 - We cannot without astonishment behold the little particles which are contained in this machine; how they pass away almost imperceptibly! and yet, to our surprise, in the short space of an hour they are all exhausted.
Էջ 138 - THE SCYTHE Is an emblem of time, which cuts the brittle thread of life, and launches us into eternity. Behold! what havoc the scythe of time makes among- the human race...
Էջ 11 - No person who acknowledges the being of a God, and a future state of rewards and punishments, shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or place of trust or profit under this Commonwealth.
Էջ 140 - The THREE STEPS, usually delineated upon the Master's carpet, are emblematical of the three principal stages of human life, viz.: Youth, Manhood, and Age. In youth, as Entered Apprentices, we ought industriously to occupy our minds in the attainment of useful knowledge; in manhood, as Fellow Crafts, we should apply our knowledge to the discharge of our respective duties to God, our neighbors, and ourselves; so that in age, as Master Masons, we may enjoy the happy reflections consequent on a well-spent...
Էջ 19 - Masonry hath been always injured by war, bloodshed, and confusion, so ancient kings and princes have been much...
Էջ 135 - Heart demonstrates that justice will sooner or later overtake us ; and although our thoughts, words, and actions may be hidden from the eyes of man, yet that all-seeing Eye, whom the Sun, Moon, and Stars obey, and under whose watchful care even comets perform their stupendous revolutions, pervades the inmost recesses of the human heart, and will reward us according to our merits.
Էջ 48 - His great and wonderful works for its pattern and prototype, and the wisest and best of men of all ages, nations and languages, for its patrons and professors. But though Masonry primarily inculcates morals and the religion of nature, it has caught an additional spark from the light of revelation and the Sun of Righteousness. And though Masonry continues to burn with subordinate lustre, it lights the human traveller on the same road, it breathes a concordant spirit of universal benevolence and brotherly...
Էջ 125 - ... in the centre, ever to be' present to the eye of the mason, that his heart may be attentive to her dictates, and steadfast in her laws, for prudence is the rule of all virtues ; prudence is the path which leads to every degree of propriety ; prudence is the channel where self-approbation flows for ever ; she leads us forth to worthy actions, and, as a blazing star, enlighteneth us through the dreary and darksome paths of this life.
Էջ 54 - Freemasonry annihilates all parties, conciliates all private opinions, and renders those who, by their Almighty Father, were made of one blood, to be also of one heart and one mind ; — Brethren bound, firmly bound together by that indissoluble tie, the love of their God, and the love of their kind.

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