MM's, do you wear a ring all the time?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Chris Hill, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. MarkR

    MarkR Premium Member

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    I usually have something on that identifies me as a Mason; either a ring, a ballcap, a jacket, something. I love to talk about Masonry with anyone who asks. However, I understand why a lot of men would choose not to identify themselves, for the reasons already listed.
     
  2. vangoedenaam

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    I dont. And it isnt that common in my country, too. (The Netherlands)
     
  3. Winter

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    While there are some strange groups out there today that call themselves mystery schools, the term itself need not be pejorative. The earliest mystery schools were in the Greco-Roman world and were religious associations where participation was restricted to members who had been initiated into the "mysteries" of that particular organization and were forbidden from revealing the rituals to the public. Sound familiar?

    Many esteemed Masonic authors such as Hall and Mackey have connected Freemasonry as an unbroken line to the ancient mystery schools. It is an often debated and contested lineage. Here is a short paper that may give some insight.

    http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.com/freemasonry-western-mystery-tradition.html

    While the church you mention may indeed be one of the "nut job" varieties, it is also possible that they are just a group of people who have found a non-orthodox way to make their own connection with the divine. Far be it from me to judge! :) Do some research into the ancient mystery schools Brother, before hating the term and anyone that uses it.
     
  4. mrpierce17

    mrpierce17 KOP Council director / Lodge instructor Premium Member

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    I ware mine 24/7 sometimes I even forget to take it off when I shower and sleep
     
  5. rpbrown

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    I have a stainless MM ring that is my normal everyday ring. I wear that one because it is not as easily damaged or bent and I get into things that will damage a ring.
    I also have a nicer PM ring that has the SR symbol on one side, the State of Texas with the S & C in it on the other side and a PM symbol on top. This was presented to me at the end of my year by my wife and is a very nice ring. However, it is made of gold and I fear could be easily bent or damaged so it is for dress wear only.
     
  6. Ripcord22A

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    I dont hate those that use the term.

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  7. Winter

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    I'm sure you dont, Brother. :) I don't believe the tone came through my hasty post as I was heading out the door to work. But I do encourage you to read up on ancient and modern mystery schools if only to dispell any misconceptions you have regarding the term.

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  8. Ripcord22A

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  9. Randy81

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    I wear mine when I remember to put it on. I take off when I shower and sleep and sometimes forget to put it back on. lol. I wear it because I'm very proud to be a Mason. I would like to think that I've accomplished a lot in my life so far, and I can tell you that becoming a Master Mason is one of the prouder moments of my life. I love the fraternity and the Brothers in it.
     
  10. Warrior1256

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    Wow....sounds kind of interesting.
     
  11. Ripcord22A

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    google "Bethel church redding ca"
     
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  12. Winter

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    Quick search returns a lot of articles about this group. Skimmed a few. They have some odd (to me) practices but they seem pretty harmless. Several articles mention them as controversial, but it's not like they're Heaven's Gate or Branch Davidian.

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  13. Ripcord22A

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    Not yet, they already have some ranking members of the city council as members. Their "students" will aggressively follow you in shopping places asking to lay their hands on you and pray for you. these "students" are taking thousands of jobs and housing from actual citizens of Redding. This group is out there like past pluto out there. they have "healing" rooms where people come and pay them money to "prey" over them using goat horn horns and all sorts of stuff and claim to have cured people cancer and other ailments with no real data to back it up. this "church" wants to expand and start allowing over 2000 more students come to their "school" a buddy of mine is a waiter and this group of 20 or so bethelites comes in right before closing and orders all waters and the free chips and dip, one person ordered an appetizer so they could be considered "paying customers" they stayed till after closing, which they were allowed to as the restaurant thought they were gonna tip......NOT A SINGLE PENNY LEFT as a tip. this is just one of many similar stories all over town. the City council allows them to stay as they "bring in money".
     
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  14. Winter

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    They still don't sound that bad. :) I live in Clearwater, home of Scientology. Group has to be pretty far out there before they register on my meter. lol
     
  15. Ripcord22A

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    I would put them in the same realm as Scientology.
     
  16. Bloke

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    I googled cause i've never heard of them. I was not intending to comment but can't resist...

    "Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM)"

    Lol.... i wonder if these good folk have ever had someone with dyslexia or vision problems sign up for a class thinking it said BDSM and come dressed appropriately ? Still, at least they could get healed
     
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  17. Zack

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    Do you ever visit local Lodges? I grew up in that area.
     
  18. Winter

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    I'm still a Wisconsin Mason, but I do visit a few of the local Lodges in the area. Quite a few around here. I'm used to only 1 or 2 Lodges in a whole county. There is one every few blocks around here, it seems.
     
  19. Warrior1256

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    Back in the 70's and 80's there was a group called the Unification Church, the adherents called "Moonies", which used similar tactics as you describe. They were everywhere, you couldn't hardly avoid them.
     
  20. Winter

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    The big question is, would your Lodge admit a member who claimed Pastafarian as their religion and would they be permitted to wear a colander in Lodge?

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