Freemasonry is the
world's oldest and largest worldwide fraternal organization, dedicated to the
Brotherhood of Man. The lessons Freemasonry teaches in its ceremonies, are to do
with moral values. A Freemason is basically encouraged to do his duty to his
God, his family and those who are dependent on him. He is to help his neighbours
through charity and service. None of these ideals is exclusive to Freemasonry,
but all should be universally acceptable and Freemasons are expected to follow
are your rituals or initiations?
allegorical plays that teach moral lessons.
Masonry is open to
all men of good character who believe in a Supreme being.
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No religious test
shall ever be required of any petitioner for the benefits of Masonry other than
a steadfast belief in the existence and perfection of God and no Lodge in this
jurisdiction shall receive any candidate without the acknowledgment of such
Freemasonry a Cult?
is not a religion or Cult. Religions and Cults do the following (though details
vary from one to the next): Practice sacerdotal functions, Teach Theology,
Ordain Clergy, Define sin and salvation, Offer salvation, perform sacraments,
publish or specify a Holy Book, describe or define the deity. Cults publish
books, which they will claim to be the same as or superior to the Holy
Writings... Most cults can be traced back to a single individual whose teachings
pervade the group. Masonry does none of these.
All that Masonry
requires of Masons is to be good men and true, or men of honour and honesty.
Regardless of our personal opinions on subjects that may be controversial, we
should meet as brothers and friends.
Is Masonry a
is not a secret society. There is no secret about any of its aims or principles.
Its constitutions and rules are published and are available to the public. All
Freemasons are free to acknowledge their membership and will do so in response
to inquiries for respectable reasons.
is far from indifferent to religion. Without interfering in religious practice
it expects each member to follow his own faith, and to place above all other
duties his duty to God by whatever name He is known. Its moral teachings are
acceptable to all religions. Freemasonry is thus a supporter of religion.
Freemasonry a Religion?
is not a religion and promotes no doctrine, dogma, or converts. Freemasonry has
no cosmology, eschatology or theology. Freemasonry offers no sacraments nor does
it claim to lead to salvation by any definition. Freemasonry has not, nor has it
ever claimed the prerogatives of religion. Freemasonry believes that men of all
faiths can dwell together in peace. Freemasonry requires its members to believe
in God but will not dictate those beliefs except insofar as they coincide with
the teachings of Freemasonry. The teachings of Freemasonry are built on the
virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. The "search
for light" found in Freemasonry is a reference to a quest for knowledge, not
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names used for the Supreme Being enable men of different faiths to join in
prayer (to God as each sees Him/Her) without the terms of the prayer causing
dissension among them. There is no separate Masonic God; a Freemason's God
remains the God of the religion each member professes. Masonry leaves it up to
the individual Mason to choose his pathway to God. The Mason is expected, quite
properly, to get that spiritual guidance from his own denomination, which he is
encouraged to support with both his energy and his personal finances.
meet in common respect for the Supreme Being as He remains Supreme in their
individual religions, and it is no part of Freemasonry to attempt to join
religions together. The Bible, referred to by Freemasons as the Volume of the
Sacred Law, is always open at every Masonic meeting.
use satanic symbols?
a group using a symbol. Defines that symbol.. then the K K K should have killed
the use of the cross by Christians.. but it has not....
Masonry use a 5-pointed star?
Eastern Star uses
it with one point down to represent the light of the star coming down to earth.
For Masons the star with one point up is a symbol of man, with the 5 points
representing the head, hands, and feet. The Scottish Rite uses it to represent
the blazing glory of God, which fills the entire universe, and that God reveals
Himself to mankind through nature. Further information on groups mentioned here
can be found on the internet.
moral lessens through allegorical plays, and the use of symbols with the tools
of the operative masons. Masons seek to improve themselves and help others by
showing them a way to improve their lives. Freemasonry is many things - Courtesy
in Society - Concern for the unfortunate -Fairness in Work - Forgiveness for the
Penitent - Honesty in Business - Help for the Weak - Kindness in the Home - Love
for one another - above all - Resistance towards the Wicked - and Reverence for
the Supreme Being.
Masonry accept into membership?
people from every religion, race, and country. You are not turned away for your
differences; you are accepted because of them.
Masons take good
people and tries to make them better, by showing them how they should act, and
live their lives. Masons give 2 million dollars a day to charity. Masons help
their family, their friends, their neighbours, their community, and even
strangers when they are in need. Masons have the Shrine Hospitals, Burns
Hospitals, Children's Hospital; support Cerebral Palsy; Dentistry for the
Handicapped, College Scholarships, Special Olympics, help the Salvation Army,
and on and on and on. Masons make sure that crippled children have the proper
equipment like wheelchairs, and braces at no cost. Masons generally help their
community without any recognition. What more could you ask.
What are the
qualifications to become a Mason?
One must be a man,
of lawful age, good character, and hold a belief in the existence of a Supreme
Masonry is said to
have started around the time of King Solomon, but no proof has been fond to
substantiate that. These men were known as Operative Masons because they worked
in stone. In 1717 Speculative Masonry (not workers in stone but it moral
character) started with the opening of the United Grand Lodge of England. Thus
Freemasons are freethinking individuals.
Are You a
is neither affiliated nor apposed to any religions. Masonry welcomes all
religious beliefs. All Masonry asks, is that you work toward one's personal
understanding of the great architect, whom ever you believe that is.
that everyone has a choice, that the golden rule should be followed, and that
your religion and politics is your business. The principal object of Freemasonry
has always been to perfect the individual and to guide mankind toward a better,
more harmonious development. The individual Mason is a Builder on the Temple of
Human Brotherhood; a Mason is both the trowel and the cement, which combine the
units of society. The brotherly love he extends to others is the trowel; the
appreciation and affection he arouses are the cement, which helps to bind people
closer to each other.
What is the
purpose of Masonry?
One of its most
basic purposes is to make good men even better. We try to place emphasis on the
individual man by strengthening his character, improving his moral and spiritual
outlook, and broadening his mental horizons. We try to impress upon the minds of
our members the principles of personal responsibility and morality, encouraging
each member to practice in his daily life the lessons taught through symbolic
ceremonies in the lodge. One of the universal doctrines of Freemasonry is the
belief in the "Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God." Each Mason
establishes the importance of this belief as he practices the three principle
tenets of Masonry: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
should I believe?
Do not believe in
anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe simply because it has been handed down for many generations.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is written in Holy Scriptures.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of Teachers, elders or wise
Believe only after careful observation and analysis, when you find that it
agrees with reason and is
conducive to the good and benefit of one and all. Then accept it and live up to
What is the
All Seeing Eye?
The all-seeing eye
means that the Supreme Being sees us for who we really are... we may fool others
but God knows everything.
are the secrets of Freemasonry?
1) Try to be a
2) Treat your neighbour like you want to be treated.
3) Be in reverential awe of the all mighty, in whatever form you believe He or
4) Ask for God's help when you're about to try something big.
5) Be good to yourself and avoid situations that make you less than what you are
capable of being.
6) Keep your faculties intact if it's within your power to do so.
7) Be a good citizen.
8) Don't let your love for Masonry lead you into pointless or counterproductive
benefits will I enjoy if I become a member?
Masonry is not
about getting benefits; Masonry is about what you can do for others. As brothers
we offer each other fraternal affection and respect. Together we will support
each other in adherence to this creed, so that our communities and we will be
the better because of our fraternity and its principles.
Can women be
the "ancient charges" of Masonry state that no woman can be made a Mason, the
practice has existed for a very long time. No, women would be recognized as a
Mason at this time in Regular Masonic Lodges.
dollar bill the work of Masons?
declined the first committee's suggestions, and designs of the dollar, as well
as those of its 1780 committee. Francis Hopkinson, consultant to the second
(1782) committee, used an unfinished pyramid in [his] design. Charles Thomson,
Secretary of Congress, and William Barton, artist and consultant, borrowed from
earlier designs and sketched what at length became the United States Seal. None
of the final designers of the seal were Masons.
Pike an Anti-Mason?
Pike is popular with anti-masons for three reasons. First, L�o Taxil falsely
accused him of claiming that the God of Freemasonry was lucifer (Note his public
confession); secondly, Susan L. Davis and Walter L. Fleming, without
documentation or proof, claimed him as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan; and
thirdly, Pike's extensive writings are easily quoted out of context to
demonstrate pagan or occult leanings.
In the 861
page book Morals and Dogma, Albert Pike makes a total of four references to
lucifer [pp. 73, 102, 321, 324]. In each he uses the word lucifer in the popular
usage as a synonym for satan; on page 321 he points out the paradox of the Latin
root meaning of the word as the bringer of light. Although we may disagree with
his personal beliefs, he is clearly not exalting satan. In context he also makes
it very clear that his book is a treatise on comparative religion and is not a
book of Masonic instruction.
Washington renounce Freemasonry?
remained a member of the Craft from his initiation into the Lodge at
Fredericksburg, Virginia No. 4 on Nov 4, 1752 until the day he died on December
14, 1799, when he then, at his widow's request, received a Masonic funeral.
Freemasonry connected to the Templars?
is no connection to the Knights Templar of the 14th century, and Masonry.
Contrary to the wishful thinking of many Freemasons, and non-masons, there is no
proof of a link and regular Freemasonry makes no claim of a link.
the Masonic Bible?
There is no
Masonic Bible. The Bible used is the King James Version of the Holy Bible, which
is used in some Christian Lodges. This Bible only has a short Masonic history
section added to the front.
I've read say.....................
A book is written
to sell, and no matter if you get a book in favour of Masonry, or a book against
Masonry, it is only the author�s opinion, no one else.
What is the
difference between Freemasonry and Masonry?
Masonry refers to
builders in stone or Operative Masonry, Freemasonry refers to builders in
character or Speculative Masonry, but there is no difference in their usage
How can I
How can I make you
understand a song without you hearing it, a fragrance without you smelling it,
or a thought without you thinking it? You can learn about Masonry, but the only
way you can understand Masonry, is to join.
What is a 33
A 33 Degree Mason
is a Mason who has devoted his life to helping his community and Masonry, as
well as everyone he comes in contact with. A good person in every way, so much
so that he is recognized for his efforts by having the 33-degree bestowed on
What does it
mean to be a Master Mason?
Being a Master
Mason is a lot of responsibility. You must be true to yourself and be reminded
everyday that being a Master Mason you reflect on all of Masonry. You must not
just receive brotherly love, but give it and show it towards everyone. You are
in a chain of brothers and sisters, which starts in your heart and through
hands, but which spreads around the globe. Be careful you are not the weakest
link, so that this chain won't break because of you.