Originally Answered: Bible of freemasons, KJV vs Morals and Dogma?
Morals and Dogma is a book written by a Freemason that has nothing at all to do with the fraternity; it's a book that used to be a reference for an appendant body.
Freemasonry has never ever used ANYTHING as their Bible, because Freemasonry is a social fraternity, not a religion. You're misunderstanding why a book of holy writing would be in a Masonic Lodge. In Freemasons for Dummies, author Chris Hodapp says it best: "...All regular, well-governed lodges must have a book considered sacred to its members open on the lodge altar during meetings. Depending on what part of the world the lodge is in and the beliefs of the lodge's members, this sacred book could be the Bible, the Hebrew Tanach, the Muslim Koran, the Hindu Veda, the Zoroastrian Zend-Avesta, or the Proverbs of Confucius. It's simply referred to as the Volume of Sacred Law, as a nonsectarian term..."
When Freemasonry switched over from a operative guild to a social fraternity (the generally recognized year this happened is 1717 AD), and rituals were adopted (including the use of Robert's Rules of Order), the custom was to have a Volume of Sacred Law present to remind the members that nothing should be undertaken without the blessing of Deity; and that truly great works are guided - not by man - but by a Supreme Architect. Customs became codified, and for hundreds of years the fraternity has had a Volume of Sacred Law opened when Lodge is open.
Morals and Dogma is a text written by Albert Pike, and relates only to the Scottish Rite (which is French, but that's a whole 'nother story). It has nothing at all to do with a Blue Lodge. The book itself has been set aside, and most Scottish Rite Masons read from A Bridge To Light by Rex Hutchins. Most modern Scottish Rite Masons nowadays haven't even read M&D. The only people who reference the book are usually crackpots looking to "expose" something.
- Morals and Dogma is not "one man's opinions," it was a work created to rectify the many degrees offered by the Scottish Rite into a single, concise book. The answerer who stated that is NOT a Mason.
- The Holy Bible is NOT "central to Every Lodge." The answerer who stated that is NOT a Mason.
- Everything in Masonry does NOT "center around the Bible." The answerer who stated that is NOT a Mason.
- The Holy Bible has NOT "been used in Every Lodge since the beginning of Freemasonry." The answerer who stated that is NOT a Mason.
- Masons do NOT consider Morals and Dogma "pretty silly." It's a work created by a very smart man who made a lasting impression on the Craft. The answerer who stated that is NOT a Mason.