This PowerPoint presentation and commentary is intended to educate Mason’s and non-Mason’s about the truth of Freemasonry’s association and usage of the use of the word Lucifer.
Catholic Freemason Eliphas Levi wrote in his 1860 book, The History of Magic, that from a religious or dogmatic standpoint, the Holy Scriptures form no part of what we do; that we surrender theology to the church, “To explain Holy Scripture from the religious and dogmatic standpoint forms no part of our warrant. Subject above all things to the hierarchic order, we surrender theology to the doctors of the Church and we render to human science whatsoever is included in the domain of experience and reason” (Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, 1860, p. 115).
“The Apocalypse is, to those who receive the nineteenth Degree, the Apotheosis of that Sublime Faith which aspires to God alone, and despises all the pomps and works of Lucifer. LUCIFER, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not! for traditions are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations: and Inspiration is not of one Age nor of one Creed. Plato and Philo, also, were inspired” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1872, p. 234).
“The Apocalypse is, to those who receive the nineteenth Degree, the Apotheosis of that Sublime Faith which aspires to God alone, and despises all the pomps and works of Lucifer.”
First off, let’s define “Apocalypse” in reference to the “nineteenth” degree.”
Apocalypse means, “an event involving destruction or damage on a catastrophic scale.”
Therefore, Pike is setting the tone for the entire statement; especially since the first sentence is the topic sentence for the paragraph.
He is stating that the religious belief that Lucifer is Satan or the Devil has been usurped by the Church first, and now by the general population – that it is an Apocalypse, or “an event involving destruction (the truth) or damage (perpetuating a lie upon mankind to mislead it) on a catastrophic scale.”
And this is supported by the middle part of the sentence, “the Apotheosis of that Sublime Faith which aspires to God alone.”
“Apotheosis” can be defined as, “the elevation of someone to divine status; deification.”
As such, Pike is confirming the truth “God alone” has “divine status.”
But the third part of the sentence, “and despises all pomps and works of Lucifer,” thereby confusing the reader into believing that Lucifer is something to be despised, which is a Church doctrine to mislead the people from the truth.
In summation though, the first sentence is setting the tone for the rest of the paragraph, that Lucifer (Venus) is actually Jesus or the God of the Bible.
Note: The star of over Jesus of Bethlehem was Venus (Star of Jesus).
“LUCIFER, the Light-bearer!”
Pike is making a clear statement in this short sentence, “Lucifer, the Light-Bearer!”
In fact, he made his point by placing LUCIFER in all caps.
Interestingly, Jesus Christ Himself is twice associated with the Morning Star or Light-bearer, which means the same thing, in the New Testament, II Peter 1:19 and in Revelations 22:16.
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star” (Rev 22:16 King James Version).
“Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts” (II Peter 1:19 New Living Translation).
“Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness!”
Now we see Pike questioning the Church’s claim that Lucifer is the “Spirit of Darkness.”
Associating Satan or the Devil to Lucifer is, at least to Pike, “strange,” and gives cause to wonder why anyone would try want to mislead the population; that it is “mysterious.”
In short, Pike the questioning the claim that Lucifer has anything to do with the “Spirit of Darkness;” i.e. the Devil or Satan.
“Lucifer, the Son of the Morning!”
In the next sentence, Pike now states his case; that “Lucifer” is the “Son of the Morning.”
Of particular interest, both Satan and Jesus are referred to as “Son of the Morning” in the Holy Bible.
In Isaiah 14:12 we read, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn!” The King James and New King James Versions use “Lucifer, son of the morning” in place of “Day Star, son of Dawn.” The larger context of this passage is traditionally interpreted as referring to Satan and his fall from heaven.
In Revelation 22:16, we read, “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Why are both Jesus and Satan called the morning star?
In essence, Pike is also raising the question about who is actually “the Son of the Morning?” This is important because not all interpretations are the same; as stated above… The King James and New King James Versions use “Lucifer, son of the morning” in place of “Day Star, son of Dawn.”
“Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls?”
“Doubt it not!”
To support the previous claim that Lucifer bears the Light, Pike now states “Doubt it Not.”
Never doubt that Lucifer is and holds the light, like that of Jesus and God.
The adversary only wants confusion; whereas the light seeks the truth.
“for traditions are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations:”
Pike is now talking about “traditions” of mankind, which “are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations.”
Therefore, in reference to Lucifer, many traditions exist.
First and foremost, before the Christian Church misinterpretation of Lucifer, he was deem the Light (the planet Venus), like that of God (Jesus).
No, not a lesser god, as so many have claimed.
Secondly, after the Christian era, the Church decided to make Lucifer the adversary, because it conflicted with their vision of Jesus.
“and Inspiration is not of one Age nor of one Creed.”
This is an even clearer statement from Pike, for each age and people are inspired to interpret according to their traditions and revelations, like that of the Church.
Indeed, the Church is free to interpret to fit its narrative; yet, this does not change historical facts about the origin of Lucifer (Venus).
Yes, Freemasonry, the carrier of the Secrets, holds the counter narrative to that of the Church.
But before you decide a final outcome, just do a little more study, and the truth (Light) will be revealed.
“Plato and Philo, also, were inspired”
Plato (428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, founder of the Platonist school of thought, and the Academy, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.
Philo of Alexandria (20 BCE – c. 50 CE) was a Helenistic Jewish philosopher who lived in Alexandria, in the Roman province of Egypt.
Both men wrote about Lucifer well before the Christian era; not as the Devil or Satan, but rather as the planet Venus.
Freemason Eliphas Levi wrote that God’s goodness is eternal, not evil; and asked the question, according to the creed of the church, would it not be blasphemy to believe in Lucifer? Yes, of course it would be; that is why we don’t believe he is evil or believe in the Church’s doctrine:
“good alone is infinite; evil is not; and hence if God be the eternal object of faith, then the devil belongs to science. In which of the catholic creeds is there any question concerning him? Would it not be blasphemy to say that we believe in him” (Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, 1860, p. 11)?
Here we see Levi not only defining evil and the goodness of God, but we also see him questioning the Catholic creed regarding Lucifer.
Levi went on to debate the definition of Lucifer:
“In Holy Scripture he is named but not defined. Genesis makes no allusion to a reputed revolt of angels; it ascribes the fall of Adam to the serpent, as to the most subtle and dangerous of living beings. We are acquainted with Christian tradition on this subject; but if that tradition is explicable by one of the greatest and most diffused allegories of science, what can such solution signify to the faith which aspires only to God, which despises the pomps and works of Lucifer” (Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, 1860, p. 11).
Clearly, Levi questions the “Christian tradition on the subject.”
For you see, the Holy Scripture does not define Lucifer.
In truth, Levi did not believe the Devil even existed; that it may be nothing more than a superstition, a ridiculous invention:
“But it is important to ascertain whether the notion of this evil power can be reconciled with that of God—in a word, whether the devil exists, and in such case what he is. There is no longer any question of superstition or of ridiculous invention; it is a question of religion alone and hence of the whole future, with all the interests, of humanity” (Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, 1860, p. 12).
Therefore, if the Devil does not exist, Lucifer can’t be the Devil or Satan as Church doctrine believes. This is not to say evil and evil spirits do not exist, for surely they do. Just as good spirits do.
This force is in fact a composite agent, which is just the opposite of a single agent. It is an imagination of nature; an Od, or a “hypothetical power once thought to pervade nature and account for various phenomena, such as magnetism:”
“How is all this possible. Because there is a composite agent, a natural and divine agent, at once corporeal and spiritual, an universal plastic mediator, a common receptacle for vibrations of movement and images of form, a fluid and a force which may be called, in a sense at least, the imagination of Nature. By the mediation of this force every nervous apparatus is in secret communication together; hence come sympathy and antipathy, hence dreams, hence the phenomena of second sight and extra-natural vision. This universal agent of Nature’s works is the Od of the Jews and of Reichenbach, the Astral Light of the Martinists, which denomination we prefer as the more explicit” (Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, 1860, p. 16).
Levi defined God as purity; however, Satan is not so clearly defined. In fact, the spirit of darkness is not a personality, nor a black god, it is a perversity; in fact, he states that Satan has many forces, not a single one, “My name is legion… for we are many:”
“By its clear formulation of concepts respecting the Divine, Christianity leads us to the understanding of God as the most absolute and the most purest love, while it defines, not less clearly, the spirit which is opposed to God, the spirit of revolt and hatred: hereof is Satan. But this spirit is not a personality and is not to be regarded as a kind of black god: it is a perversity which is common to all extralineal intelligences. ‘My name is legion,’ says Satan in the Gospel, ‘for we are many’” (Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, 1860, p. 187).
It is all too easy to make the claim that Freemasonry promotes Satan or Devil worship when taken out of context for a political agenda.
Yet, if one is intellectually honest and studies this topic from an historically accurate perspective, no other conclusion can be given – studying or using the name Lucifer from a historical perspective is not Devil or Satan worship. For Satan or the Devil does not even exist.
And although Freemasonry teaches many ancient ideals, it does not in any way worship Lucifer; rather it looks upon the idea of Lucifer as a teacher or sage of enlightenment, or as God himself (if you believe in Jesus).
Each Mason is free to decide for himself.
So Mote It Be!!!
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