aspirant progresses step-by-step, the way trod by Jesus of
Nazareth until the empty tomb joins with the sprig of acacia to teach
that as last we shall dwell forever in realms of life and light eternal.
"The only argument
which can be
used against Knightly Orders as component parts of the Masonic System
they are essentially Christian in their Character and scope. This
arises, however, from the circumstances which
are inseparably interwoven in the world's history and which therefore
cannot be annulled. We have inherited from the fathers' aforetime an
organization which, has for it symbol, the triumph of the Cross and
the deeds of its defenders. Having accepted the inheritance, we must
adhere to the fact that was sealed in blood amid the din of arms and
the carnage of
demands only a
belief in God; while Hindu, Mohammedan, Jew and Gentile may worship
around its altars, yet it cannot be deemed inconsistent that the
Christian Freemason should establish a branch of the
fraternity where he may be free to interpret the symbols of the Blue
Lodge according to his religious belief.
Thus the Masonic
Christian Knighthood are the logical outcome of the Christian Mason's
Christ as Lion of the tribe of Judah, whose hand will raise the dead to
life and in whose Holy Name the
True Word is found and restored at last. "In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God."
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