Star of David Masonic? - 04/18/2004

Hi! i know i know "not her again" but I just had a run in with a mason. He kinda confused me. Not in the way of my beliefs but the sort of junk he got on with me. I am including the conversation. Can you tell me where he's getting the idea that the Star of David is a mason symbol etc? for the sake of length Iíve left out some of the beginning but to summarize He said Jesus was a mason and that King James was too.

Krista





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hi Krista. The Mason you spoke with is woefully misinformed when it comes to history. The roots of freemasonry can be traced back to the middle ages, when masons (craftsmen) formed primitive trade unions (lodges). This is many centuries after Jesus ascended back into Heaven, so any claim that Jesus was a mason or that the Star of David is Masonic is patently false. Modern Freemasonry didn't even get its start until 1717. This person is also wrong when he said that Freemasonry is not a religion. If he means it's not a church, then he's correct. However, they do meet in "temples" where they perform various rituals. A Masonic source said, "Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion; and its teachings are instructions in religion...Masonry is a worship..." (Liturgy of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, Part Two, p. 167, 198-199).

As for the Star of David, in Hebrew, the name is actually Magem David, or Shield of David. The origin of the Star of David is not well known. There are several theories out there. One theory is that the Star of David (a six pointed star formed by two triangles) represent a six-petal blossom that was on David's staff. Another states it comes from the positioning of two "dalets" -- the Hebrew letter found at the start and end of David's name. The dalet is somewhat triangular. In any case, regardless of which theory you happen to believe, the Star of David predates Freemasonry by thousands of years. The Masonic Lodge has incorporated many symbols into its rituals, but the Jews did not borrow this symbol from the Masons.

In Christ,

Ben and Jennifer Rast
Contender Ministries