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Is This Even Christian...Or Masonic?!?

I had to read this tagline a couple of times, to make sure I didn't misunderstand it. "I Never Forget Loyalty, Nor Do I Forget Betrayal." I then opened up the King James Version of the Bible, the New King James Version, the Christian Standard Bible, the New International Version and even perused the Greek-English Bible Lexicon to see if this line had been pilfered from some mistranslated banter in some obscure Epistle. Interestingly enough, I could not find a single verse from the Holy Bible that sounded remotely like the tagline in this month's issue of the Knight Templar Magazine.

I do not see how this tagline, or some of the contents inside this month's issue, sounds remotely Knights Templar-ish, or even Masonic for that matter.

I Never Forget Loyalty - Just to touch on the loyalty bit, that sounds positive enough; being loyal to those in our circle is a good quality, loyalty based on mutual respect and admiration, as we find in many Lodges; but blind loyalty without regard to moral decency and rule of law can be detrimental to a well-functioning society. Ask German citizens in WWII who gave up their Jewish neighbors by the hundreds of thousands, all in the name of "loyalty." So what kind of loyalty are we talking about, informed or blind loyalty? EDIT: To be clear, I wasn't calling anyone a Nazi, so stop with the false narrative, it was called an EXAMPLE to describe blind loyalty out of fear and not mutual respect, which is an apt analogy.

Nor Do I Forget Betrayal - where the hell is this coming from? I would imagine that since it has a picture of the new Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, it would have come from him, but I don't see a direct quote. Let's assume it is, since it's attached to a picture of him on a lovely, bedazzled horse. Who betrayed you? Why did he or they betray you? What if you forget the betrayal, what happens then? Very ambiguous quote that doesn't explain the context around it. As referenced earlier, I searched the Bible, to source of Light and Wisdom for Masonic Knight Templar, and was surprised that I could not correlate this quote with any teaching that I found in that book, either in the New or Old Testament. I did find the following verses about betrayal, though.

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Matthew 6:14-15 - "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

Matthew 7:12 - “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

Mark 11:25 - "And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Psalm 109:4 - "In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer."

I tried to stay away from the Old Testament, since the almost-passed Attestation of Faith infers that Christianity is really concerned with only the Gospels, and that old stuff is rubbish, I suppose.

So if Jesus tells us not to do that "eye for an eye" thing anymore, what the devil is this quote doing on the FRONT COVER of the Knight Templar Magazine? How does this quote espouse Christian virtues? What moral lesson is being taught by remembering betrayal? I guess these are rhetoric, since I won't get a reply, but it does not sound like a message that should be splashed on the cover of a Masonic and Christian organization's official magazine

~ FDTL ~

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