Freemasonry embraces all men who believe in a god – including Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Parsees and others. So we use the neutral phrase ‘The Great Architect’ to mean any of their gods, because it allows men of different religions to pray together without offending any of them. Importantly, the use of the phrase ‘The Great Architect’ is not an attempt to combine all gods into one, or to define a god specific to Freemasonry.
For the same reason, we use ‘The Volume of Sacred Law’ (sometimes termed the VSL) to refer to holy texts relevant to a number of faiths, of which the Bible is obviously one.
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