As with many of the ancient secret organizations, it is hard to discern facts from myth. For example, some Masons believe themselves to be descended from Hiram Abiff (a highly skilled expert master builder on Solomon’s temple), or descendants of a group of builders that worked on Solomon’s temple. Masons also place a great deal of importance on the symbolic meanings of different aspects of Solomon’s temple.
The truth of the matter is the Hiram Abib in the Bible has no connection with Masonry, although Masonry uses him symbolically. Manly P. Hall, the greatest mason of the 20th century, stated the purpose the Hiram Abiff. Quoting from his book The Secret Teaching of All Ages Manly P. Hall states: “As the legend of Chiram Abiff is based upon the ancient Egyptian Mystery ritual of the murder and resurrection of Osiris …(p. XCV)”
The book The Secret Teaching of All Ages states the following about Hiram Abiff: “To the mystic Christian Mason, CHiram represents the Christ who in three days (degrees) raised the temple of His body from its earthly sepulcher. His three murderers were Caesar’s agent (the state), the Sanhedrin (the church), and the incited populace (the mob). Thus considered, CHiram becomes the higher nature of man and the murderers are ignorance, superstition, and fear. The indwelling Christ can give expression to Himself in this world : only through man’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. Right thinking, right feeling, and right action these are three gates through which the Christ power passes into the material world, there to labor in the erection of the Temple of Universal Brotherhood. Ignorance, superstition and fear are three ruffians through whose agencies the Spirit of Good is murder false kingdom, controlled by wrong thinking, wrong feeling, wrong action, established in its Stead. In the material universe evil appears ever victorious (p. LXXVIII).”
By DeVita Brown
Edited by: Dr. Lee Warren
What is Freemasonry? What is a Secret Society?
History of Freemasonry - Ancient roots of Masonry
Craft of Masonry
Do Freemasons fall into one of three groups?
Structure of the Freemasonry
Freemasonry, the Universal Religion
God of the Freemasonry
What is the Mystery of the light of Freemasonry?
Other Beliefs of Masons Important figures an/or events in Free Masonic History
Secrets and Power of the Masons Revealed
Are Freemasons and Secret societies operating by a pattern?
What are the goals of the Freemasonry?