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The term Supreme Being is often defined simply as "God",[1] and it is used with this meaning by theologians of many religious faiths, including, but not limited to, Christianity,[2] Islam,[3] Hinduism,[4] Deism[5] and Scientology.[6] However, the term can also refer to more complex or philosophical interpretations of the divine. Many fraternal organizations, especially those which admit members of diverse religious backgrounds (such as Freemasonry) use the term as a generic description, allowing the candidate to adhere to whichever deity or concept he holds to be appropriate.[7][8] This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Freemason and Freemasons redirect here. ...

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Usage in Christian Theology

In Christian Theology, the term Supreme Being can refer to God, the Father almighty.[9] It can also be used to refer to the Christian Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.[10]


Isage in Islam

Islamic scholars use the term to refer to Allah.[11]


Usage in Freemasonry

Candidates for regular freemasonry are required to declare a belief in a Supreme Being.[7] This article deals with organization in Craft or Blue Lodge Freemasonry. ... Freemason and Freemasons redirect here. ...


Most Freemasons would take the view that the Supreme Being equates to God; others hold a more complex or philosophical interpretation of the term. However, the candidate is not asked to expand on, or explain, his or her interpretation of Supreme Being. The discussion of politics and religion is forbidden within a Masonic Lodge so a candidate or Mason should not be placed in the situation of having to justify the interpretation.[12] This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Politics is defined as a group of people who are influenced to change laws and other such things to make the world a better place the process by which groups of people make decisions. ... In most areas of the world Masons gather together in Masonic Lodges to work the three degrees of Freemasonry: 1° = Entered Apprentice 2° = Fellow Craft 3° = Master Mason Blue Lodge is used to specify the basic Masonic Lodge granting the first three degrees and to differentiate it from other Masonic...


In Masonic ritual the Supreme Being is referred to as Great Architect of the Universe, which alludes to the use of architectural symbolism within Freemasonry.[13][14] Great Architect of the Universe (GAOTU) is a term used within Freemasonry to denominate the Supreme Being which each member individually holds an adherence to. ...


References

  1. ^ definition according to Miriam-Webster on line dictionary.
  2. ^ http://www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=1431&d=2&c=2 and http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/dogmatics/baroudy_god_supreme_being.htm
  3. ^ http://www.muhammadanism.com/Revelation/Sacred_Theology01.htm
  4. ^ The Hindu Online edition of India's National Newspaper, Monday, Sep 22, 2003
  5. ^ website showing useage by Deists during the French Revolution.
  6. ^ Theology page on Scietology website
  7. ^ a b Is Freemasonry a religion?. United Grand Lodge of England. Retrieved on 2007-05-08.
  8. ^ http://www.mqmagazine.co.uk/issue-13/p-46.php
  9. ^ http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/articles/dogmatics/baroudy_god_supreme_being.htm
  10. ^ http://www.actsweb.org/articles/article.php?i=1431&d=2&c=2
  11. ^ http://www.mb-soft.com/believe/txh/allah.htm
  12. ^ Becoming a Mason - To become one, ask one: What is Freemasonry? accessed 10 June 2007
  13. ^ William K. Bissey. "G.A.O.T.U.", The Indiana Freemason, Spring 1997. 
  14. ^ S. Brent Morris. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry. Alpha/Penguin Books, 212. ISBN 1-59257-490-4. 

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