False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. – Plato
I ran across the pictorial drawing, below, along with the book: Masonry Beyond the Light, and wish to debunk the fallacious conspiracy peddling author, William “Bill” Schnoebelen, and his publisher, Jack Chick, who invented the drawing, and published the book of fallacies that it is in. One can tell that they are parroting the Taxil Hoax, on top of regurgitating every conspiracy fallacy, and hoax, that has rolled down the turnpike, and they know it is a lie, which they repeat to sell books and videos to the gullible. Let’s take a good look at the photo below, and compare it to real regular Freemasonry. (1)
Picture from Masonry Beyond the Light by William “Bill” Schnoebelen, pg 207, Chick Publications. A similar drawing can be found by the conspiracist Henry Makow. (2)(3)
Right off the bat, at the top or above the capstone, we see Leo Taxil’s lucifer, shining brightly, which is only a term used by the uneducated within the Protestant church, and the lying conspiracy peddlers. Please read my article on Who is lucifer. Schnoebelen even makes himself look more the fool, by showing the Eye of Horus on the capstone, which regular Freemasonry does not use, and anyone who compares it to Masonic symbology can tell the difference. What regular Freemasonry does use, is the Eye of Providence, which the fraternity borrowed from the Catholic church, and has been used for hundreds of years, to show the all-seeing eye of God. The eye, symbolizing God, is older than the Egyptians, and can be traced as far back as the ancient Sumerians. Also, Freemasonry does not use the triangle around the eye, as that is for denoting the trinity, in symbology. That is not seen in regular secular Freemasonry, but is in both the Scottish and York Rites, which are Christian based.
The eye, without the triangle, is a Masonic symbolic representation of the Hebrew letter yod, (the first letter in Gods name: YHVH or IHVH), which has the sound of “Y” or “I” (“I ” thus the eye symbol for a reminder). Yod or “yud” has always represented God due to it being the first letter in God’s name, thus the eye is a symbolic reminder of the “I” sound for yod. Yod is used throughout Freemasonry, as a symbol of God, and in Hebrew, it can also define worker and worship. It is within a triangle on the Scottish Rite’s 14th degree ring, (the Eye of Providence), to signify God and the Holy Trinity, since it is a Christian degree. In Judaic mystical tradition, yod signifies a small dot, a divine point of energy, and thus the primal nucleus at creation and God. It indicates God’s omnipotent presence. One would think that Schnoebelen would know this, if he had actually attended a real divinity school. Lies have a way of catching up to the untruthful.
The next step of the pyramid shows The Great Architect of the Universe, which he gives as Ain Soph, though a more correct Hebrew translation is Ein Soph, who is God, the unknowable I AM, who has no name, but what man has given the creator of the universe. Yes, that I do agree with, except that Ein Soph should be located over what is shown, somewhere in the sky, as used in Freemasonry. Here though, God, or the GAOTU, is always represented by the Eye of Providence, less the right triangle. I highly doubt that the idiots, Schnoebelen and Chick, who drew the pyramid, know what Ein Soph actually means.
The The Great Architect of the Universe was used by medieval Christianity, at least to the 13th century, as a name for God, and John Calvin, the French Theologian, who started Calvinism, used the name repeatably, when writing and preaching. The GAOTU was depicted in the Christian bibles of that time, as God laying out the universe with a compass. In his Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536), Calvin repeatedly calls the Christian God “the Architect of the Universe”, and also refers to his works as “Architecture of the Universe”. Bill Schnoebelen, the charlatan in mention, will not reveal this to you, nor will, for example, the bigoted lunatic liar at Jesus-is-Savior.com, ran by David J. Stewart, (who even has a fake webpage counter claiming 79,509,660 visitors, (14) has a webpage claiming to not be a hate site, when it clearly is, (15) and gives Alex Jones and other crackpots as a scholarly source), (14) nor Ephesians5-11.org, which is ran by the charlatans Larry Kunk, David Carrico, and Dan Harting, (all outed as liars by the Southern Baptist Convention), whom make the same claims, and write the same fallacies. There is also Mike Hoggard, of Bethel Church, who is another, like the before mentioned, and is a personal friend of Schnoebelen. Hoggard and Kunk’s websites have anti-Masonic audio tapes, DVDs, etc, for sale, which doesn’t surprise me in the least, as Schnoebelen does too. Peddling prejudice, bigotry, hoaxes, lies, (especially misquoting scripture), discontent, and deceit are a known scam, by selling these items, and making money off the gullible. They are the worst of sinners, in various ways, according to at least 10 Biblical verses that I know of on bigotry alone, and that is not counting the verses about lying and stealing, nor profiting for these lies, from what I see as fraudulent actions.
God as the Great Architect of the Universe, from a 13th century French Catholic Bible.
Bible Moralisee: God the Creator, French Gothic, ca. 1225, Vienna
From the Bible of St Louis, made between 1226 and 1234 for King Louis IX of France
Next, he shows “The Seven”, which is not a part of regular Freemasonry, though I’m pretty sure I know what it is that he is alluding to. The conspiracy idiots claim that Freemasonry rules over seven regions or continents of the world. That is nothing but pure, unadulterated, bull caca. I think it funny, that no government knows that their entire process is being ran by others, don’t you? Yes, all the leaders of these countries have the wool pulled over their eyes, according to this imbecile, and he claims that it is a fraternal organization that is supposedly doing it, when regular Freemasonry does not participate in politics nor religion, as mentioning either are banned within the Lodge. It is against the Masonic law of the fraternity. The only other thing that it could be, is that he’s talking about a few college fraternities that are named similar, which Freemasonry has nothing to do with, since Freemasonry is a gentleman’s fraternity, which is the oldest labor union in the world, and not a college frat. Of course, Schnoebelen has been caught in too many lies to count, so his credibility is nil. He did claim to be an ex-Vampire, saying that biblical horse leeches proved it, and told a church congregation that Werewolves were real. That’s the Prophecy Club for you, as they’ll believe anything. Its other so-called pastors are no better than Bill.
As per Anderson’s Masonic Constitution of 1723:
VI of Behaviour, viz,
1. In the Lodge while constituted, etc. [sic]
2. Behaviour after the Lodge is over and the Brethren not gone, “no private Piques or Quarrels must be brought within the Door of the Lodge, far less any Quarrels about Religion, or Nations or State Policy we being only, as Masons, of the Catholick Religion abovementioned; we are also of all Nations, Tongues, Kindreds, and Languages and are resolv’d against all Politicks, as what never yet Conduc’d to the Welfare of the Lodge, nor ever will.”[sic]
Freemasonry was started under the Catholic church, as a college of artificers (a legal trade union), but the fraternity is open to any and all men, of good repute and moral character, of different religious beliefs.
The “9 unknown men” is another piece of conspiracy garbage, which refers to the book, The Nine Unknown, 1923, by Talbot Mundy, which is a work of FICTION! According to the History of India website, I quote the following:
Numerous figures who straddled the line between occultism and science fiction writing, most prominently (and apparently first) Louis Jacolliot, Talbot Mundy, and later Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier in their Morning of the Magicians, propagated the story of the Nine claiming that the society occasionally revealed itself to wise outsiders such as Pope Sylvester II who was said to have received, among other things, training in supernatural powers and a robotic talking head from the group. In more recent times, according to this circle, the Nine assisted humanity by revealing the secret of the Cholera vaccine. [sic]
That is correct; the imbecile who claims this, Bill Schnoebelen, wants you to believe that a book of fiction is real, and that Pope Sylvester II received robotic talking head, and “training in supernatural powers”. Yes, Leo Taxil would have been proud of this book. Speaking of Taxil, Schnoebelen must believe that Diana Vaughan had a devil snake write prophecies on her back, with the tip of its tail, and another devil, in order to marry a female Mason, (which there are none of in regular Freemasonry), turned into a Crocodile and played the piano well. He also claimed that Diana was to be wed to the demon king, Asmodeus, and that Asmodeus took her to visit Eden, along with doing some planet hopping, in 1896. Taxil, the inventor of the fake Palladium, claimed that this is what happened, but then admitted that Mrs. Vaughan was only the name of his typist, and that none of her supposed antics were real, when he ended his hoax. You can’t pick and choose what you want to believe from Taxil’s writing on Freemasonry. So, if you believe Bill Schnoebelen and those of his ilk, this slush is what they are asking you to believe in.
Next, we make it to the Illuminati, which died with Adam Weishaupt, when he escaped from Bavaria to France in the middle of the night. Weishaupt had joined Freemasonry, but was only initiated as an Entered Apprentice, into a Lodge of Strict Observance, (a defunct form of Freemasonry), at Lodge Theodore of Good Council (Theodor zum guten Rath), Munich, in 1777, and was soon expelled, as he was there to steal the rituals, and recruit for his clandestine group. The Illuminati was exposed by several people, (6) including, supposedly, an ex-Freemason by the name of Baron von Adolph Knigge, (4) who had joined the Illuminati, but when he found out what Weishaupt was actually up to, he left, in 1784, and supposedly told his old Lodge, which he was no longer a member of. That was then reported to the Bavarian government, along with the “alleged reports” of supposed Jesuit spies, whom had allegedly infiltrated the group, (whether they did is very skeptical, as they have told many lies on this very subject), (12) and several ex-Illuminati members, whom had became disgruntled with the organization. (6)(12) Once the group was exposed, including its literature and membership list, in 1787, the Illuminati membership became known to all the European, Middle-Eastern, Asian, and American (north and south) governments. (12) Any power it had was gone, as the governments now knew what and who to look for. On top of that, Freemasonry was NEVER a part of the Illuminati, though the Illuminati allegedly tried to infiltrate the German and French Lodges, but there is no documented evidence that they succeeded, nor anyone was actually sent, (8)(12) as Freemasonry wanted the Illuminati disbanded from the start. As a matter of fact, the Lodge of Strict Observance, (which did have the Illuminati within it), was ordered to be disbanded at the 1782 Masonic Congress of Wilhelmsbad, where this infiltration was supposed to have taken place. Several wrote rebuttals to those like John Robison, who stated that his source was a Scottish Catholic Benedictine monk, (Black Monks), turned spy, named Alexander Horn, and abbot Augustin Barruel, a Jesuit priest, (9)(12) who claimed that the Illuminati still lived on, and was the cause of the French Revolution. (12) For a conspiracist to state this, it is like a slap to the face, or to spit on the grave, of all those people who were murdered, and badly treated, by the Catholic church and the monarchies during the reformation, which is what actually led to the French Revolution and several others. (12) Both Robison and Barruel were pro-Catholic and anti-Masonic, (12) with Barruel being a Jesuit priest, (12) so both men’s writing was tainted, due to whom they use as source material, as the Catholic church had spread many falsities during that time, based on pure rumor and speculation. (12) Both of their books have been debunked by university scholars. (12) The two men made a good amount of money from peddling their books of fallacies; doesn’t that sound familiar? It should, as others used their idea, later on, all the way to to the 21st century, by those like Schnoebelen and Chick.
Quoting Albert G. Mackey:
But it cannot be denied, that in the process of time, abuses had crept into the Institution [Illuminati], and that by the influence of unworthy men, the system became corrupted; yet the course accusations of Barruel and Robison, are known to be exaggerated, and some of them altogether false…. The Edicts [on June 22, 1784, for its suppression] of the Elector of Bavaria [Duke Karl Theodor] were repeated in [2 March 1785, 16 August 1787], and the Order began to decline, so that by the end of the eighteenth century, it had ceased to exist…. it exercised, while in prosperity, no favorable influence on the masonic institution, nor any unfavorable effect on it by its dissolution. (4)(5)
Next, we have the Palladium, (7)(13) of which its fakery is parroted by the fanatical teller of fallacies, Bill Schnoebelen. What can I say; these conspiracy imbeciles love Leo Taxil and Abel Clarin de la Rive’s fabrications and lies. Schnoebelen parrots them ad nauseam, and it makes one wonder, if Bill doesn’t have the mental defect known as Compulsive Lying Disorder. Also, Bill claims to have joined this fake order! I guess the idiots who still spread this muck, like Schnoebelen, have never read the last paragraph of the Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on impostors. Well, I will quote it below:
Of a different type is the most notorious imposture of modern times, that of “Léo Taxil” and “Diana. Vaughan”. Léo Taxil, whose true name was G. Jogand-Pagès, had long been known as one of the most blasphemous and obscene of the anti-clerical writers in France. He had been repeatedly sentenced to fines and imprisonment for the filthy and libellous works he published. For example, on account of his atrocious book Les Amours de Pie IX” he was sentenced to pay 60,000 francs at the suit of the pope’s nephew. He had also founded the “Anti-Clerical”, a journal which fanatically attacked all revelation and religion. In 1885 it was announced that Léo Taxil had been converted, and he soon proceeded to publish a series of pretended exposures of the practices of Freemasonry, and particularly of the “Satanisme” or Devil-worship with which he declared it was intimately bound up. Amongst other attractions he introduced a certain “Diana Vaughan”, the heroine of “Palladism”, who was destined to be the spouse of the demon Asmodeus, but clung to virtue, and was constantly visited by angels and devils. Various other writers, Bataille, Margiotta, Hacks, etc., exploited the same ideas and became in a measure Taxil’s confederates. In 1896-1897 the imposture was finally shown up and Taxil cynically admitted that Diana Vaughan was only the name of his typist. [See Portalié, “La Fin d’une mystification”, Paris, 1897, and H. Gruber (H. Gerber), “Leo Taxils Palladismus Roman”, and other works, 1897-8.] Of Dr. Dowie, who professed to represent a second coming on earth of the prophet Elias, and of his followers the “Zionists”, of the Christian Scientists, of the late Madame Blavatsky and A. P. Sinnett, the prophets of Esoteric Buddhism, of Mrs. Annie Besant and the believers in reincarnation, there is no need to say more here than that the existence of such cults proves conclusively that the age of credulity is not yet over.
Also, please read my article on the Taxil Hoax. This Palladium hoax, which is part of the Taxil Hoax, has been known of since Leo Taxil publicly confessed to creating it, and lying about Albert Pike and Freemasonry, in April 1897, and May, 1906. (7)(13) AC de la Rive, Taxil’s publishing partner, also retracted what he wrote about, in his book, Woman and Child in Universal Freemasonry. De la Rive recanted this book’s text, in the magazine that he published, titled: Freemasonry Revealed, which he published in the April 1897 issue. The Palladian hoax can be found in the Catholic Encyclopedia, at the last paragraph, under the article on Impostors. Also, see this article about Leo Taxil, at Encyclopedia.com. Even US News and World Report published an article about the Palladian lie, (13) and below, I quote from it.
Taxil fabricated an entire cast of far-flung Masons. His most popular creation was Diana Vaughan, a member of a fictitious group of American Freemasons called the Palladian Order, whose inner workings she described in her autobiography. “Her Luciferian origin and principles,” Taxil wrote, “were shown . . . by the devils who attended her and through whose aid she made excursions to Mars.” Such accusations were eagerly imbibed by a public wary of the secretive and politically progressive Masons. [sic]
Taxil’s work informs today’s extremist Christian literature as well. Chick Publications, which distributes Christian tracts, offers a short comic strip that calls Masonry witchcraft and fezzes (worn by the Shriners, a subset of Masonry) “idols dedicated to a false god.” It even refers to Albert Pike, a real South Carolina Mason who was caricatured into a Satanist by Taxil. In his 1991 bestseller New World Order, evangelist Pat Robertson implicated Freemason “occultism” in a supposed international financial conspiracy. And a Mississippi group called Ex-Masons for Jesus brands the order a “pagan religion.” [sic]
Taxil himself had no intention of aiding any Christian cause: He wanted to embarrass Rome. After promising to present Diana Vaughan to the public in April 1897, he instead used the occasion to reveal himself as a fake and to thank the church for its gullibility. “Palladism, my most beautiful creation, never existed except on paper and in thousands of minds,” he told a crowd of 300. They were incensed, but Taxil had once more outwitted his audience: He had requested that all umbrellas and canes be checked at the door. [sic]
Next, we have Bill’s simpleton claim, that the Ordo Templi Orientis is a part of Freemasonry. That is a bare faced lie. He claims this, because Aleister Crowley joined an irregular (fake) Lodge of Freemasonry, in France, under the Grand Orient (1)(11), but he was never a member of regular Freemasonry. He was never made a real 33rd, either, (since he was handed a paper in Mexico, in one day, which he wrote about). When Crowley took it upon himself to visit the United Grand Lodge of England, he was quickly thrown out on his rear. The OTO has NEVER been associated with Freemasonry, period, end of story. The OTO and Thelema are the creations of Crowley himself.
The next step, that he shows, is the “Ancient & Primitive Rite 97 degrees”, also known as the “Egyptian Rite”. Well, this clearly shows that the uneducated simpleton, Bill Schnoebelen, has no idea about what he is talking about, even though the liar claims to have taken these degrees, (as there are 99 degrees, not 97, and those highest five are what are known as the administrative degrees, or the 95th to the 99th, which I doubt Schnoebelen could have ever obtained, as the 95th is as high as a regular member can go, who has not been a member for many years, and who is not voted in to run the entire organization). The Rite is also known as the Rite of Memphis Misraim, which is as irregular and clandestine as it comes, (1) as it’s under the irregular Grand Orient of France. These conspiracy imbeciles will not tell you that. This rite is not given in regular Freemasonry, ANYWHERE, and it never has been! The Lodge that he claimed that he took this Rite at, is at Milwaukee, and it is a regular Lodge! It is an impossibility to take that rite there. There is no truth in Bill Schnoebelen.
The next step that they show, is the so-called Order of the Trapezoid. This is part of Anton LaVey‘s Church of Satan. That is correct; this lying imbecile, stooped that low, to make this claim. This, again, comes from the lying imbecile, Schnoebelen, and nothing seems to be beneath a charlatan such as he. Even a three year old child would know better than this, but the inventor of the pyramid, Silly Bill, has less of an IQ than a three year old, with no morals, and he must think that is all you have, too. Bill claims to be an ex-Satanist, along with an ex-Witch Doctor, ex-Catholic, ex-Jew, ex-Mormon, and an ex of many other things also.
Now, I’ll destroy three of his bottom steps in one blast. The Supreme Council of Sovereign Inspectors, (an office), The Grand Sovereign Inspectors (the 33rd degree Masons who sit in the office), and the two Rites, both Scottish and York, are in essence the same thing, except that the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, and the York Rite, are two independent, but appendant, bodies of regular Freemasonry, which essentially have the same degree work, though the York Rite has less degrees. The lying imbecile separated them, to make up his thirteen steps, (so that it would sound spooky, by using the number 13), and I highly doubt if he understands what the thirteen steps of the Great Seal of the United States pyramid describes. He also made sure to mention the Supreme Council, as it is mentioned in the Taxil Hoax. Read my article: About the CBS News’ article: 9 things you didn’t know about Freemasonry, to find out the truth about the US Great Seal.
Bill Schnoebelen claims to have been a member of Freemasonry, under an alias, ‘Christopher Syn’, and claims to have legally changed his name. He has also been caught faking certificates for organizations and diplomas for schools that doesn’t exist. Freemasonry does not let those with fake names or credentials join, period, as the Lodge would find out the truth before he could have been voted on. Also, Bill was supposedly a member of all these groups and churches, including satan worship, around the same time, according to the dates he published, so, one wonders how he could attend or afford them all, since an ex-friend (10) of his, stated that Bill worked in a scrap (recycling) yard at the time. (10) He also states that Schnoebelen is a habitual liar and fraud of the worst kind. (10) Schnoebelen bets on non-Masons not knowing these facts. In Freemasonry, every candidate is investigated over their morals, who they are, their criminal record, and then voted upon for membership. If you lie, try to hide who you are, or are a satanist, you will not be allowed in. One of the funniest things is, that Schnoebelen claims to have joined the mythical Palladian, which was part of the Taxil Hoax, and was never a part of Freemasonry, anywhere, even in the irregular Lodges.
Next, is the Shrine. The Shriners are a separate organization than that of Freemasonry, which only the U.S. Grand Lodges see as regular. (1) It was started by a handful of New York physicians, at the Knickerbocker club, who wanted a Freemasons only club, where they could belly up to the bar and have a good time, since alcohol has always been banned in the U.S. Lodges of Freemasonry. It was set up as a charity, and several hospitals were built, which are still running today, helping children who have severe burns, and physical handicaps. The Shriners have stated that they have dropped away from being a part of Freemasonry, in a letter that they sent to the Grand Lodge of South Carolina, when they changed their corporate name in 2010.
That leaves us with “Blue Lodge” Freemasonry. I had a right laugh over this one. The term “Blue Lodge” is only used in the United States. Freemasonry is Freemasonry, which is the oldest Order, and a Master Mason, a third (3rd) degree member, is as high as anyone can go in rank. The color blue comes from the rings that we wear. A blue background signifies a Master Mason, and a red background signifies that you also belong to one of the two appendant Rites. A thirty-third, in the Scottish Rite, carries no more rank than a third, (though a thirty-third is entitled to wear his cap in a Lodge of Freemasons as an honor). Those extra degrees mean nothing. They are extra lessons or degrees that one can take, and that is all there is to it, through an appendant order (Rite). Imagine Freemasonry, (the first three degrees), as the hub of a wagon wheel having thirty spokes, which are the extra degrees, sprouting from the hub around it. That is what it actually is. There is no such thing as any higher degrees, in regular Freemasonry, past the thirty-third, where the thirty-third is an honorary degree for years service. In the US, all Freemasons who join the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, are made thirty-seconds (32nds), over one weekend in many places. (We are all “Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret”, a 32nd degree, in the US Scottish Rite). In the UK and mainland Europe, it takes years to receive them, and the word, “Blue Lodge” is unheard of. Also, there is no truth to the rumor that a Master Mason does not know what is within the Scottish or York Rites, when both Rite’s Ritual and Monitor sit on the Lodges library shelves, and any Master Mason can read them. One can choose to read them, or not. That shows you how much Bill Schnoebelen knows, which is nothing but lies.
The United Grand Lodge of England, which is the Mother, Premiere, and Supreme Grand Lodge, severed ties with the Grand Orient de France in 1877, and revoked their warrant to operate. The GOF has been clandestine and irregular ever since. The GOF is where all those extra sixty-six degrees, (totaling ninty-nine), came from, along with the Rite of Memphis Misraim (Egyptian Rite), and the others, such as the infamous P2. Real, regular Freemasonry’s members are banned from attending one of their meetings, upon the penalty of expulsion. Regular Freemasonry consists of the Grand Lodges and subordinate Lodges under the United Grand Lodge of England, which are the largest in number. All US Grand Lodges are under the UGLE, besides a handful of fakes.
To give one an idea about the untruthfulness of Bill Schnoebelen, he even lies about what Webster’s Dictionary states about the word, religion, (lying by omission), in the same book. Schnoebelen claims Webster’s states this on page 30 (notice that these are all truncated parts of longer sentences), and the word, religion, can have several other meanings:
- …belief in a divine or superhuman power or powers to be obeyed and worshiped as the creator(s) and ruler(s) of the universe.
- …expression of this belief in conduct or ritual
- …any specific system or belief, worship, conduct, etc, often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy.
Merriam-Webster states this in their online dictionary, and their 1913 edition:
Simple Definition of religion
: the belief in a god or in a group of gods
: an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods
: an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group
Full Definition of religion
: the state of a religious
: (1) the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
: a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
: archaic : scrupulous conformity : conscientiousness
: a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith
Webster’s 1913 Edition:
1. The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers.
“An orderly life, so far as others are able to observe us, is now and then produced by prudential motives or by dint of habit; but without seriousness, there can be no religious principle at the bottom, no course of conduct from religious motives; in a word, there can be no religion.”- Paley.
“Religion [was] not, as too often now, used as equivalent for godliness; but . . . it expressed the outer form and embodiment which the inward spirit of a true or a false devotion assumed.”- Trench.
“Religions, by which are meant the modes of divine worship proper to different tribes, nations, or communities, and based on the belief held in common by the members of them severally. . . . There is no living religion without something like a doctrine. On the other hand, a doctrine, however elaborate, does not constitute a religion.”- C. P. Tiele (Encyc. Brit.).
“Religion . . . means the conscious relation between man and God, and the expression of that relation in human conduct.”- J. Köstlin (Schaff-Herzog Encyc.
“After the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.”- Acts xxvi. 5.
“The image of a brute, adorned with gay religions full of pomp and gold.”- Milton.
2. Specifically, conformity in faith and life to the precepts inculcated in the Bible, respecting the conduct of life and duty toward God and man; the Christian faith and practice.
“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”- Washington.
“Religion will attend you . . . as a pleasant and useful companion in every proper place, and every temperate occupation of life.”- Buckminster.
3. (R. C. Ch.) A monastic or religious order subject to a regulated mode of life; the religious state; as, to enter religion.
“A good man was there of religion.”- Chaucer.
4. Strictness of fidelity in conforming to any practice, as if it were an enjoined rule of conduct. [One can take a bath religiously, every day]
“Those parts of pleading which in ancient times might perhaps be material, but at this time are become only mere styles and forms, are still continued with much religion.”- Sir M. Hale.
a religion based upon the evidences of a God and his qualities, which is supplied by natural phenomena. See Natural theology, under Natural.
Religion of humanity
a name sometimes given to a religion founded upon positivism as a philosophical basis.
that which is based upon direct communication of God’s will to mankind; especially, the Christian religion, based on the revelations recorded in the Old and New Testaments.
Freemasonry has no “organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods”. There is no “worshiping”, which Schnoebelen leaves out, and is required to be a religion, nor has it: “the outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers”. A Freemason’s religion, along with his politics, are private to him. The belief in God, in order to swear a binding oath, and to be used as a moral screen, does not indicate a religion. Schnoebelen lies to the reader, by lying by omission, (via the truncated partial quotes), about what is required to be a religion, and that is to “worship”. Freemasons worship God, at the church of their choosing, on the Sabbath, and not in the Lodge.
The fraternity of regular Freemasonry has:
- No specific Holy Book or Bible, which is known as the Volume of Sacred Law, in Freemasonry.
- Though a belief in God, the creator, is required, there is no worship as in a church.
- No sacraments or baptism.
- No ordained clergy, nor any sermon.
- No set definition or name of the Deity, and uses a generic name to satisfy all. Though the GAOTU is Christian, see above text.
- No dogma, no creed; there is no ideological doctrine.
- No means to salvation.
- The fraternity is religion tolerant.
- Freemasonry is a meeting place for all men of any religion, who believes in God. It is not a church.
Bill Schnoebelen used Webster’s old definitions, which he truncated, in order to lie by omission. Anti-Masons do this all the time, and we’re used to catching the liars in their act. On page 34, he truncates what Albert Pike stated in Morals & Dogma, about the word, religion, where he actually meant that one could do anything, all the time, at a set time, and it would be considered religious. I have always said that I bathe, religiously, every morning. A stage actor religiously follows his script each time he makes a performance. You religiously attend Lodge, by going on the same night, every month. Not only that, but the majority of Freemasonry disagreed with Pike, and have since the book was first published, about many of his ideas on comparative religion. That is why that the book was only given out in the southern jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite. Pikes book was his beliefs about comparative religions, and not that of the other members, nor that of Freemasonry itself. He admitted that he had copied 50% of it from others, and stated that one should disregard anything that they did not believe in, in the preface. It was even published, with Pike being informed that it was full of incorrect information, by those who formed the Lodge of Masonic Research (Masonic Authentic School), which was founded in 1886. Pike never spoke for Freemasonry, since no one Mason can do so. Each Freemason has different beliefs than their brothers, even if they are of the same religion or education. Freemasonry is there, for those of all differing beliefs, as a place to congregate and become better men, by learning the values of brotherly love, relief (charity), and truth, along with learning to not be a bigot towards others, no matter what the others beliefs are. Freemasonry teaches tolerance.
In the preface of Morals & Dogma, written by Albert Pike, it states:
In preparing this work, the Grand Commander has been about equally Author and Compiler; since he has extracted quite half of its contents from the works of the best writers and most philosophic or eloquent thinkers. Perhaps it would have been better and more acceptable if he had extracted more and written less.
Everyone is entirely free to reject and dissent from whatsoever herein may seem to him to be untrue or unsound.
Pike also wrote: “The same arguments and evidences that convince one mind make no impression on another. This difference is in men at their birth. No man is entitled positively to assert that he is right, where other men, equally intelligent and equally well-informed, hold directly the opposite opinion. Each thinks it impossible for the other to be sincere, and each, as to that, is equally in error,” on page 165 of Morals & Dogma. Schnoebelen will not quote you this text.
Thus, Morals & Dogma is not the bible or book of Freemasonry, nor that of the Scottish Rite. It was Pike’s ideology, thoughts, and dogma; it was never authorized by Freemasonry. It was only given out in the Southern Jurisdiction of the US, not the Northern, nor was it given out within the rest of the continents and countries of the world. It would be the same as a priest penning his own book on his ideology, and everyone claiming that it was the official book of Catholicism. Many other Freemasons have penned unauthorized books, but you do not hear the anti-Masons talking about those as being the “bible” of Freemasonry. There is only one authorized book, and it is titled the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide.
The people who create this muck, like this pyramid fallacy, such as Bill Schnoebelen and Jack Chick, are prejudiced lying bigots, whom are either conspiracy peddlers, and are knowingly lying, (and making money off the gullible from their lies), uneducated pastors in the Protestant churches, whom are just as bigoted, or by the Catholics. They are generally anti-Masonic, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-Black, against any other church, but theirs, and pretty much ‘anti’ everything else. They do not care one whit to lie, if they can cause hate and discontent toward the groups mentioned, (look at some of the whoppers Pat Robertson has told, along with several Popes). Those like Bill Schnoebelen and Jack Chick, his publisher, though, are making money off the gullible, which is worse. Jack is still publishing the lie about baphomet, in a comic book, though he has been shown the truth. Maybe, they need to read Proverbs: 6:16-19 and the eighth and ninth commandments? They might also need to read the several biblical verses about partiality toward one religion, which shows that God is not partial.
Proverbs 6:16-19 states what Jesus hates and considers a sin. I would say, that both Bill Schnoebelen and Jack Chick, are guilty of at least six of the seven sins below, and maybe all seven, including, breaking the eighth and ninth commandments. I would not want to be an abomination in Jesus or Gods eyes.
16) These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17) A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18) An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19) A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
For those who think that they are better than anyone else, or that God is partial to their religion, and claim that they know the only way to salvation:
9) But if you show partiality, you are committing sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
22) Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
26) For if we sin wilfully, after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.
23) These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.
28) And he [Peter] said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man, who is a Jew, to associate with a foreigner, or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.
34) Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand, now, that God is not one to show partiality, 35) but in every nation, the man who fears Him, and does what is right, is welcome to Him.
12) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13) for “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
11) a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
1 John 2:11
11) But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Neither Schnoebelen nor Chick, must be familiar with the following scripture about lying, either, which says much about their character and morals, which are totally lacking.
9) A false witness shall not be unpunished, and [he that] speaketh lies shall perish.
28) Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, And do not deceive with your lips.
9) Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices.
1) You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.
20) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
20) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
19) For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.
23) But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days but I will trust in You.
8) But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
15) For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
22) Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.
44) Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
1) Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [Thus, I will never associate with those like Bill Schnoebelen nor Jack Chick, as I am above them.]
Freemasonry is based on the following scripture:
2 Peter 1:5-7
5) And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6) And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7) And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
It would seem, that William “Bill” Schnoebelen nor Jack Chick, are as educated about religion as they claim. Also, from the biblical scripture above, they have sinned many times over, and continue to do so. They can not pick and choose what they like from the Bible, and ignore the rest. They either live by it or they don’t, and neither live by it at the moment.
- Regular Freemasonry is Freemasonry practiced in regular Lodges. A Regular Lodge is a Lodge in amity with the United Grand Lodge of England, the Premiere and Mother Grand Lodge, and the first in the fraternity, which issued the first warrants or patents. All 52 U.S. Grand Lodges are in amity with the UGLE, and thus are all regular, along with their subordinate Lodges. Prince Hall was also made regular by the UGLE. The irregular Lodges are those under the Grand Orient de France, or the Rite of Memphis Misraim, and the Golden Dawn. The GOdF has not been regular, and were declared clandestine, in 1877, by the UGLE, who revoked their warrant/patent (charter). No regular Lodge nor member, will nor can, associate with them.
- From Rational Wiki: “Dr. Henry Makow, [doctor of English, not history], (b. 1949) is what you get when you cross a whiny, Warren Farell-esque men’s rights activist with a paranoid, David Icke conspiracy theorist. He believes the world is controlled by nefarious Judeo-Masonic/Satanic/Commie forces, spearheaded by the Rockefeller Foundation. He also believes that the aforementioned concocted feminism, is a scheme designed to encourage women not to have children, as part of greater depopulation efforts. His writings can be found on the notorious websites Whale.to [anti-Semitic and holocaust denial website], Jesus-is-savior.com [anti everything, except his church, which is ran from a city mission], and on Alex Jones’ PrisonPlanet [no description needed for this lunatic]”. [sic]
- Schnoebelen’s book, Masonry Beyond the Light, is available for download at the right places, and can be found by using certain file search engines, so don’t give the liar any money, if you wish to read his fictional and fanatical book of fallacies. You’ll be wasting your money, as it would be the same as buying a sack full of horse dung. I ask you, that if you do read it, compare it to my article on the Taxil Hoax, and you will be enlightened. The drawing above, is on page 207 out of 288, which shows that the book’s size would equal that of a thin magazine, (133 pages, when put on 8-1/2 x 11 paper), if you bought it. It is a small book with big text, go figure. It’s a book of lies from cover to cover, and that is why many churches have written articles denouncing Schnoebelen, such as the Southern Baptist Convention, and many others.
- An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences, Volume 1, 1912, By Albert Gallatin Mackey, William James Hughan
- A Bavarian Illuminati primer, Trevor W. McKeown, With complete sources.
- Illuminati article at Encyclopedia.com. There are three other encyclopedia articles available here on the subject.
- Taxil’s first confession was in several European newspapers, but the full transcript was in the Parisian Newspaper, Le Frondeur, April 1897. His second confession was in National Magazine, and American Monthly, in May, 1906.
- The 1782 Congress of Wilhelmsbad, at the Traveling Templar website.
- From the Catholic Encyclopedia about Augustin Barruel: “Controversialist and publicist, born at Villeneuve de Berg (Ardeche); 2 October, 1741; died at Paris, 5 October, 1820. He entered the Society of Jesus [Jesuits] in 1756 and taught grammar at Toulouse in 1762. The storm against the Jesuits in France drove him from his country and he was occupied in college work in Moravia and Bohemia until the suppression of the order in 1773”. [sic]
- Frater Barrabbas, ex-friend of Bill Schnoebelen, see blog here. Here, I quote what he said about Bill and his wife: “Bill bought every occult book that was in print at the time. He had many new first editions, including the Weiser edition of Aleister Crowley’s Equinox, and numerous others, all kept in pristine shape – a grand occult library that was the envy of everyone. The many books he collected, traveling by plane and car, taking an entire summer off to pursue his occult studies, all of this cost money, and Bill was never very good at making money. I believe that after completing college, he worked as a poorly paid school teacher. Later, he lived on a monthly stipend that his parents gave him to help support himself and Sharon. When that finally ended, several years later, Bill began to exploit his students for money and support”. Also, he stated that, “He [Bill] also met his future wife, Sharon (her married name at that time was “Sharon Mullen”, and her maiden name was “Dura”), whom he met at a drug rehabilitation center where he had volunteered as a drug counselor. What Bill and Sharon were doing there is something of a mystery, since Sharon was not at all squeamish about using drugs, particularly marijuana. Bill also was known to partake of it from time to time”.
- The Grand Lodge of British Columbia Yukon, on Aleister Crowley, and his irregular and clandestine Masonic affiliation; see here, and here.
- The Bavarian Illuminati In America: The New England Conspiracy Scare [of] 1798, by Vernon Stauffer, PhD, pub. 1918.
- US News and World Report, Devil in a Red Fez, The lie about the Freemasons lives on. Article by Dan Gilgoff, Aug. 18, 2002, read the article here.
- Jesus-Is-Savior website, Alex Jones and other conspiracy quacks advertisements at bottom of page, with fake hit counter. It still claims 79,509,660 visitors.
- Not a Hate Site webpage at Jesus-Is-Savior.com.