Okay: I’m going to reveal something crazy deep that sounds counter-intuitive. Stay with me. Are you ready?
Hermeticism is bullshit. Conflating dichotomous elements, “seeking for what is lost”―it’s all a grandiose solution to a self-imposed problem. There is no God, but God is in you―just don’t trust your intuition, instead you need to conform, be guided, mentored, initiated, etc. There are no enemies, only opportunities―but replace “enemies” with “souls” or “persons” and you have the same statement. There is no innate morality, but we’re going to make the world a better place. Obsessing over what’s hidden while rejecting what’s revealed in the same sources. Elaborate riddles and intimations of great profundity masking empty smugness and rapacity.
It’s a cool-kids’ circle jerk.
“There is a substance that comes from your…..” wherever, the obvious implication (because Christianity “has been altered”) being that, once revealed, the esoteric is the only real insight in scripture. Various occultists might protest that Jim Carey is not the finest exponent of this thinking, but I don’t have to answer for his availability as an example. They do. As is well known, anybody who’s anybody in this country is a Mason, and that of course includes the Hollywood A-list. Undoubtedly, there is much in scripture that’s not readily apparent, but this self-centered pop-exegesis is at bottom profoundly literalistic and narrow, amounting to what is referred to in Judaism as making use of the Crown (as in Pirke Avot, “He who makes use of the Crown shall perish.”)
Christianity and Islam are at bottom no more universal than Judaism. They highlight boundaries in the world. All three place the believer at odds with corporeality, error, and deceit. Whereas all you need to know about Masonry is its emphasis on secrecy, and personal attainment.
May I humbly suggest the following sources instead?:
“There is no enchantment against Jacob; no divination against Israel.” (Numbers 23:23)
“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:7)
“Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” (Mark 10:15)
“Do not be sure of yourself until the day of your death.” ―Pirke Avot
“Understand that for every rule which I have mentioned from the Quran, the Devil has one to match it, which he puts beside the proper rule to cause error.” ―Al-Ghazali