In the Volume of Sacred Law, Apostle Jude says, "To earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints...". (Jude 1:3)
If you are a freemason or an initiate of any path, I ask your help to consider what this saying mean in the Volume of Sacred Law. Sorors and Fraters, I have been wrestling with the meaning of this ancient quote by Apostle Jude. If you are in freemasonry, you know that the Volume of Sacred Law is considered one of the great lights of freemasonry. It is the book that is to guide our conduct in building the temple.
In The Secret Teachings of All Ages, By Manly P. Hall, talked about the enlightenment of all of mankind. What a day this will be when all of mankind receives the esoteric enlightenment and we all go back to knowing the plans of God. What does this mean exactly?
Am I to believe that we are all supposed to have a position in the Left Hand path works or the Right Hand path works? Or are we supposed to have a religion like: Essenes, Judaism, Pentecostalism?
So much of masonic degree work comes from the Volume of Sacred Law. For the EA degree, we read context from Psalms 133. We talk about ourselves like we are the priests of the scripture.
What is the ancient knowledge or faith that Jude is exhorting us to earnestly contend for? What is that knowledge that once was?
The Great Light of Masonry instructs us to contend for the knowledge that once was. On the Volume of Sacred Law, we have taken an oath to ever conceal and never reveal the secrets of this degree--except unto him or them whom of right they may belong.
Well for one, the Holy Bible is merely an example of the Holy Scriptures and is not THE Holy Scriptures in terms of Masonic ritual. One can just as well have the Koran if there is a Muslim initiate. All that being said, I firmly believe that Masonry is quite consistent if not derived from Christian principles as well as the factoid that the "modern" lectures were written by Presbyterian ministers.
For me, Masonry is consistent with my Catholic faith. If anything it supports and provides for a different manner of learning its principles. Greek Classicism abounds in both Masonic and Catholic tradition and, I believe, is the foundation for both with the addition of the New Testament Revelation.
Does that mean we have to submit to an organized religion? Hmmm....I don't think Masonry takes a very explicit position one way or another. However, St. Jude would seemingly proscribe to a communal (non ego drive) theology that would take some reliance on others, i.e. structure, to facilitate.