The inability to express esoteric concepts...

...using mundane speech. This Being Human....

Throughout all of recorded religious history, God has been thought of in terms of being "The Creator". In the most ancient and primitive of religions, God was thought of in terms of both polytheism and monotheism, being that creation needed both seed and womb. Perhaps this is also being reflected in Genesis 1: 26/27 "God said, let us make man in our own image after our likeness...So God created man in his own image...male and female created he them".

It's interesting to note that most of the major religions contain the concept of God that reflects what could loosely be described as a trinity. Christians speak of Father, Son and Holy Ghost; The blessed Trinity.

Hindu (Trimurti) Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva.

The Tao De Ching says, "Tao gave birth to one, one gave birth to two, two gave birth to three, three gave birth to all myriad things". And in Mahayana Buddhism one can find the Sanskrit "Trikaya", meaning that the Buddha manifests himself in three bodies;

Only Islam appears to stand firm on the "Oneness of God" from whom all creation and life is derived. This was Mohammed's mission. The Koran contains the "ninety nine names of God" but stresses that God's essence and qualities are contained in the names but God is still "One".

The concept, idea, belief or thoughts regarding "God" is as old as recorded history. Although Buddhism and Taoism has been labeled by many (including many Buddhists and Taoists) as being atheist in nature, this is just not true. In Buddhism, the question is often put forth but is just as often put aside, as it does not fit into the teaching of "Suffering and the end of suffering" as prescribed by the Buddha. The Buddha said,
"Gripped by fear men go to the sacred mountains,sacred groves, sacred trees and shrines". Fear is suffering. In that Buddhism is about freedom, (free from suffering) a Buddhist is free to believe or not to believe in God. Any Buddhist looking to convince another Buddhist about the nonexistence of God is either creating suffering or is thinking themselves superior. It is just not important. Being free from suffering is.

So what does any of this have to do with Freemasonry?

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