Freemasonry recognizes the fact that man has certain fleshly or carnal appetites which are natural to humanity, and encourages their satisfaction in a temperate measure and through legitimate channels. Yet Freemasonry teaches moderation, self-control, temperateness, regularity, and lawfulness in all carnal requirements and relations. ( Genesis 2:19,25 - Genesis 3:19 - Genesis 4:1 - Proverbs 23:1,2 - Romans 8:5,6 )

Biblical References

Genesis 2:19,25

19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

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Genesis 3:19

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

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Proverbs 23:1,2

1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

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Romans 8:5,6

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

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