I'm not sure if this is the right forum to post this, but I thought it would be a good starting place. I enjoy these Forum's as most people on here are fairly rational, intellectually honest, and friendly. I'm either looking for information about or find out people's thoughts about secret societies, fraternal organizations, etc. in our culture.
Let me preface this by saying that I believe about 95% of all of the information regarding these secret societies is fake and untrue. There are a ton of conspiracy theories about Freemasons, the Illuminati, the Bilderbergs, the Rothschilds, etc. and most of it is either blatantly false, made up, or a sort of nonsensical amalgamation of poorly interpreted facts.
But that doesn't mean some things sinister or evil do not exist. Let me basically tell you my thoughts on these types of groups and see if anyone has had any experiences or knowledge or even information that is credible.
One example would be the Freemasons. I agree 100% on what the Catholic Church teaches about the Freemasons for example. Do I think the average Free Mason is worshiping the devil? Of course not. Is being a member of this Fraternal Order mutually exclusive to someone who wants to worship God the Father? Yes, I believe it is. And I don't want to debate that point. It just has been my experience with some Masons that they aren't engaging in something sinister and evil but rather an old, odd society that has views that are not in line with what Christianity teaches. But I don't think that among most Masons anything sinister is going on per se. Maybe in the higher degrees. But not for most members. I believe if it were the case, that information would have been leaked a long time ago. And from the information that has been leaked, it seems like just an arachric, odd type of fraternal order. Wrong, yes of course. Amongst the higher ups is there more than we know? I don't know. That kind of information just doesn't get out.
Are there "powers that be" that are directing society down the wrong path. Steering things toward evil perhaps? For the most part people are going to follow sin and go down the wrong path on their own, so it's no stretch that some music and pop cultuer is about sex, drugs, murder, etc. because humans naturally are sinful. I've often wonder what goes on behind closed doors. Are there atheists or secularists out there who in public don't mind laughing at the idea of God, but behind closed doors are actually in league with the Devil? Or worshiping him?
An analogy would be to the movie "Rosemary's Baby." The older couple in the movie at first just seems odd and strange, but as time goes on you find they are a member of a coven and are witches. Of course this is just a Hollywood movie, but I believe a good analogy to something sinister that lies out of plain sight.
I do apologize for the rambling and incohertness of this message, but it is hard to articulate: Also, I realize that one should not spend to much time or energy on these sorts of matters and just focus on God. I'm just simply trying to get others opinions and thoughts. I'll end with some basic questions as so to cut through all of my babbling
- Do secret societies exist?
- If they do are they mainly harmless and ineffective or powerful?
- If secret societies do exist, would you say that there power is little to none to somewhat influential (hard to gauge since they are secret!)
- Does Satan influence music and pop culture in an overt way? By this I mean more than just an individual writing a song about some sin.
- Do you believe Satan/demons directly works/influences people in high places to do his bidding?
- What has been your experience with them? And I don't mean general things either, like "I went to a Mason dinner and it was whatever..." Has anyone else had similar thoughts or reasoning or experiences?