I used to be involved in the occult. Specifically Freemasonry. I have since cut ties with Freemasonry and have been asked if Freemasonry is evil. I don’t think people that are or were members necessarily are destined for hell, but I do think it is dangerous. I think it is dangerous for the same reason I think doctrine is dangerous. I am becoming more and more convinced that God wants us to follow the law outlined in the old testament, and more specifically in the Torah (the first five books attributed to Moses). When I make this assertion, most will direct me to Galatians, which I have studied in depth. At the heart of Galatians, I believe, is Paul making a distinction between two different laws. He confesses, “how extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.” What are these traditions he refers to? There is a story that is told in 3 of the gospels. In Matthew 15, the Pharasees ask Jesus, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders?” when the disciples did not wash their hands according to Talmud law. Jesus answer, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?” He also cites a passage from Isaiah 29:13, “and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men.“
Kabbalah and the Path to the Dark Side
Before I joined Freemasony, my imagination had been captured by a few books. Two of those books were very old Kabbalah books that I found in a bookstore that sold banned books. I was surprised at what I read. If a student of theology read passages of these books without knowing where they came from, he would likely assume it was commentary. Why would commentary on the Bible be banned? To my understanding, that is what the Tulmud started out as. The Tulmud is often also referred to as the Oral Torah. The Kabbalistic books I read were in the form of question and answer. A question is asked and the rabbinic response is then given. They did not write this commentary down for a long time, it was passed down as an oral tradition. After the exile to Babylon, the Jews wanted to ensure they were never dispersed by God again. At first these things started out as tradition. And then tradition became closer to a law enforced by rabbis.
Freemasonry and the similarity to Kabbalah and the Tulmud
In regards to Freemasonry, the core degrees cite passages of the Bible. Also, the degree memory work is in the form of question and answer similar to some older Kabbalah books. Later, stories are depicted that resemble events in the Bible, but are not there. Or at least, the details given are not there. And that is the problem. Freemasonry adds to the word of God. In many “higher degrees” of Freemasonry, there is much allusion to the Kabbalah and in some cases it is mentioned explicitly. The Tulmud seems to add to the word of God in much the same way the degrees of Freemasonry do. In this way both the Tulmud and Freemasonry violate the law. Which is pretty ironic in the case of the Tulmud. In fact, I image this was why it wasn’t written down to begin with. From Deuteronomy 4:2 , “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you.”
Is the church guilty of the same sin?
The bible is full of curious things. Some things are really straight forward. Others are anything but straight forward. I do not think there is anything wrong with speculating as to why the bible says what it says or speculating what some cryptic passages mean, but I think when theologians start claiming to know for a certainty, they are falling victim to the same trap the Pharisees fell. I think there are some things we all agree on. And the early creeds were statements to teach what we knew for a certainty. Everything else is theoretical. I think it is interesting that before God established David as king, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” I feel we are in the same period. The time right before the king comes and everyone does what is right in his own eyes. But soon and very soon we may know the definitive answer.