The Freemasonry Organization refers to God as " Great Architect Of The Universe " or the G.A.O.T.U. This particular idea about God has been around long before the Freemasons formally chose to call him that. But the question is: What exactly does it mean when the call God " The Great Architect "? We need then to read some of their Masonic literature to find out!consectetuer.
THE UNIVERSAL GOD OF MASONRY
In Masonry, the "Great Architect Of The Universe ", who is the Masonic God has some of the attributes of the God of the Bible, such as infinity, eternity, and omnipotence. However, the Masonic God does not have any qualities such as mercy, love, and benevolence. "Coils Masonic Encyclopedia", Henry Coils, page 516, 517 says:
"Men have decided whether they want a God like the ancient Hebrew Yahweh, a partisan tribal God, with whom they can talk and argue and from whom they can hide if necessary, or a boundless, eternal, universal undenominational, and international, divine spirit, so vastly removed from the speck called man, that he cannot be known, named, or approached. So soon as man begins to laud his God and endow him with the most perfect human attributes such as justice, mercy, beneficence, etc., the Divine Essence is depreciated and despoiled. The Masonic test (for admission) is a Supreme Being, and any qualification added is an innovation and distortion."
Here the Biblical God is being rejected as an inferior concept of God, while the universal God of Masonry is extolled. Masonry teaches also that God is unapproachable, but the Bible tells of God as being able to be approached by man, through Jesus Christ. The Masonic God is said to be "incapable of anger", pg. 718, Morals and Dogma, Albert Pike. But the Bible tells us that God is angry at sin and also loving and merciful to those who repent.
This "Great Architect Of The Universe " that the Freemasons worship is just like the "Universal It" or "Force" that the New Age Religion believes in. That is because the New Age Movement is just one of the many vehicles through which Satan works to bring in his evil pantheistic ideas to the people, and he is enjoying great success!
THE G.A.O.T.U. -THE GOD OF NATURE
Now let me prove to you that the God of Freemasonry is the pantheistic God of Nature. Former Mason Edmond Ronayne stated: "Freemasonry 'carefully excludes' the Lord Jesus Christ from the lodge and chapter, repudiates His mediatorship, rejects his atonement, denies and disowns His gospel, frowns upon his religion and his church, ignores the Holy Spirit, and sets up for itself a spiritual empire, a religious theocracy, at the head of which it places the G.A.O.T.U. -the god of nature- and from which the only living true God is expelled by resolution." Former Mason- Edmond Ronayne, The Master's Carpet or Masonry and Baal-Worship-Identical, pg. 87
Masonic writer, J.S.M. Ward tells us: "THE UNKNOWN PANTHEISTIC DEITY HINTED AT IN MASONRY is a matter of vital importance, both to those who desire to know what Freemasonry teaches, and also to those who hope by means of hints in our present ritual to rediscover something of our past history. It (the Masonic Supreme Being) IS DISTINCTLY PANTHEISTIC rather than Monotheistic." Ward, Freemasonry and the Ancient Gods, pg. 44, 46, 61 One Masonic writer (Order of the Eastern Star for Women) explains about their Masonic Pantheistic God: "(God)... That invisible power which all know does exist, but understood by many different names, such as God, Spirit, Supreme Being, Intelligence, Mind, Energy, Nature and so forth." Mary Ann Slipper, The Symbolism of the Eastern Star, Page 35, 36
Wagner, Freemasonry: an Interpretation, pg. 286, 309, 310: "In its doctrines concerning the divine eminence Freemasonry is dedicated pantheistic, partaking of the various shades of that view of the divine God 'The Great Architect Of The Universe ' is the great soul of the universe and the universe is the garment in which he is clothed. The Masonic view of the revelation of God, in the lower degrees is deistic, but in the higher degrees it becomes pantheistic. The writings of Garrison, Buck Pike, and other eminent Masons show this unmistakably. It is this particular pantheistic conception of deity, which has passed from India through the secret doctrines of the Cabala into modern speculative Freemasonry. In Masonry, a god distinct from the life of nature has no existence."
THE G.A.O.T U.- THE SUN GOD
This is from an authorized Masonic publication, concerning the secret meaning of the Great Architect Of The Universe (the G.A.O.T.U.) From The Masters Carpet, by Edmond Ronayne, Past Grand Master of Lodge 639 in Chicago, pages 301, 302: "The Lodge room then is brought us a symbol of the universe, governed by the Sun God, and it's cubicle form expressed in the language of the ritual is made to represent the united power of light and darkness, and the constant conflict which is supposed to be always going on between them. In other words the lodge room is the real heaven (in miniature), where the god of nature G.A.O.T.U. always presides, where his symbol is always displayed, where his worship is always practiced." Quoted from Masonic Report, McQuaig pg. 15
As we can see here, the Masonic Lodge is meant to represent the Universe, which is the home of their pantheistic Sun God. The black and white tiles on the floor of the lodge are meant to represent the "God of forces" in the form of dark and light squares or positive and negative (male and female) forces of the Universe! We have to realize that this is the very same pantheistic "god of forces" that is worshipped by those in the New Age Movement!
According to the high ranking 33rd Degree Mason, Manly P. Hall: "The temple of Egyptian mysticism were... according to their own priests miniature representations of the universe. The solar system was always regarded as a great temple of initiation." Secret Teachings of All Ages, Hall, pg. CXXXIII
Because the God of the Freemasons is the Sun God all devotions in their Lodges are made facing East! The Masonic ritual proclaims that: "as the sun rises in the east, to open and govern the day, so rises the Worshipful Master in the east, to open and govern his Lodge, set the craft to work and give them proper instruction." Malcolm Duncan, Duncan's Masonic Ritual Monitor, pg.15
In Ezekiel 8:16, Ezekiel tells us about God showing him what was really going on, in the temple at Jerusalem: "And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east." When the Prophet Ezekiel is taken further the Lord also shows him the women weeping for Tammuz the Sun God!
THE LOST NAME OF GOD
The altar arrangement for the Masonic Holy Royal Arch degree ceremony identifies the name JAH-BUL-ON as the secret name of The Great Architect Of The Universe, who is the deity worshiped by the Freemasons.
Although Masons publicly refer to their God as The Great Architect Of The Universe or the G.A.O.T.U., they have a secret "Name" for this Deity, that of which is revealed in the Masons Royal Arch Degree, once they have climbed up higher in the Degrees of Masonry. Prior to reaching the Royal Arch degree, the Mason has been told that the real name of God has been lost.
In a book called "Secret Societies for all Ages- and countries " by Charles Heckethorn, we are told all about revealing of the Mason's true secret name of God in the Royal Arch Degree. The Author starts by telling us on pages 30, 31 of his book, that there are nine officers in the Royal Arch, The Chief of whom (in England) is Zerub-babel, the compound word meaning "the bright lord, the sun." Then he goes on to tell that, upon entering this chapter of the Royal Arch Degree of Masonry, that the nine officers give a performance where they have a show of sorrow in imitation of the ancients (pagans) who were mourning the loss of Osiris (the Egyptian God figure).
The candidates for initiation then have to go through mock "trials and tribulations", just as the candidates for initiation into the ancient Mystery Religion had go through, says Author Charles Heckethorn. These ancient Mystery Religion initiations are imitated during the Royal Arch Degree.
Then the candidates for initiation into the Royal Arch Degree of Masonry take an oath, declaring that they have come to assist in the rebuilding of Solomon's Temple. (I'll explain what that means later). They then do some "mock" building of the Temple, using shovels and crowbars. Then they supposedly find 3 vaults. By this time, "The Sun has gained his meridian height, darts his rays to the center and shines on a white marble pedestal, on which is a plate of gold." On this plate of gold is a double triangle, and within this triangle, the initiate's find some words which they cannot understand the meaning of. And so, they take the gold plate over to Zerub-babel (the Sun God), to try to get from him an explanation of what these mysterious words mean that they have found. -Now these words together, constitute the "lost word" of Masonry- or the Secret name of God, and so, pay attention to what they mean!
Author Charles Heckethorn then goes on to say that when the initiates take this gold plate with the mysterious words on them-to Zerub-babel, the Sun God: 'There the whole mystery of Masonry- as far as known to Masons- is unveiled; what the Masons had long been in search of is found, for the mysterious writing in a triangular form is the long lost sacred word of the Master Mason, which Solomon and Hiram deposited there...this word JAHBULON (equals) Jah - Bul - On, the Hebrew, Assyrian, and Egyptian names of the Sun..."
And of course, then- the impression is given that the Christian and Hebrew God, Jehovah- is the same essentially- as the God of the Assyrians and the Egyptians. Jah, Bul and On appear in the American ritual of the Royal Arch degree on the supposition that Jah was the Syrian name of God. Bel the Chaldean. and On, the Egyptian (Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia)
You see, at first, when one starts up the ladder of degrees of Freemasonry, he is made aware that you may worship any God and still be a Mason. This is made to seem as if they are very "liberal" and don't want to offend anyone by excluding anybody's idea of who God is. But, then when you reach on into the higher degrees of Masonry, they in effect let you find out the "Royal Secret" that the God of the Christians is the same God as was worshipped by the Babylonians, Egyptians, and any other Pagan Religion! They make it seem very alluring and mysterious, having you think that some great "wisdom" is just around the corner, if you follow on further into the degrees of Masonry. This so-called "secret wisdom" is merely the idea that all Gods are really just variations of the "One" God, The Sun God!
The officers of the Royal Arch Degree all put on a show, "mourning for the loss of Osiris". Does not this coincide with the "weeping for Tammuz "routine? Nimrod, the Babylonian version of the Sun God (Osiris is merely the Egyptian version of the same). Nimrod supposedly died and went on up into the Sun, to thereafter send rays of blessing back down upon the people of Babylon who worshipped him. And supposedly, Nimrod and Semiramis had a son by the name of Tammuz, who was a reincarnation of Nimrod, the Sun God. Tammuz was killed because he was trying to promote the idea of Sun Worship to a certain King. This is why, in the Mystery Religion Ceremonies, which the Masons imitate- they "mourned for Tammuz" or mourned for Nimrod -whom Tammuz was a reincarnation of. And you see- the whole idea is that Tammuz was the "coming back" of Nimrod, which was proof to them of, guess what? of Immortality of the Soul! This was their guarantee that they too could be immortal "gods".
This is why, during the Mason's Royal Arch "mystery", they all weep and mourn for the seeming loss of Osiris (Nimrod) the "God". But then, according to Author Charles Heckethorn, the Sun begins to gain its meridian height and shines on the gold plate. This is symbolic, of course, of when Nimrod, after he died and went up to the Sun, seemed to go down into the ocean at night and "die" again. But then in the morning, the Sun would rise up again, as a guarantee that the Sun God was still alive, which was a guarantee of immortality of the Soul. During this Royal Arch Mystery- the Sun would shine on the plate and show the initiates that the "Lost word" or Osiris, or Nimrod, the Sun God was still around. They had found it! The lost word: JAH - BUL - ON is merely 3 different ways to say the name of their Sun God!