What About Freemasonry?
It has never been possible to determine the exact origin of Freemasonry. Some scholars have attempted to trace Masonry back to Biblical days or even before. Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternity in the world.
What Is Freemasonry?
It is an organization of men based on the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man, using builder’s tools as symbols to teach basic moral truths. It applies the principles of operative Masonry and architecture to the science and art of character building, which by its teachings and ceremonials makes good men better and thereby makes the world a better place in which to live.
What Do Masons Stand For?
The fraternity of Freemasonry embraces men bound together by vows of morality in public and private life who believe in God; promotes patriotism and respect for the Constitution; believes in the right of members to free choice of religion and political persuasion; sanctions equal rights under the law; and practices good will toward all men.
What Does Masonry Offer To Society?
Although Masonry was not established as a benefit society or a charitable institution, it does assist members by many means through times of hardship. Its basic tenets are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. These tenets charge us to give thought and time to the aid of others, to visit the sick, to sympathize with the unfortunate, and particularly to exercise tolerance toward those whose opinions or beliefs may differ from ours. All branches of Freemasonry practice various forms of charity or benevolence to society.
Is Freemasonry A Religion?
No. An institution "erected to God" which begins its ceremonies and ends its meetings with prayer, which has a Holy Book upon its altar, which teaches the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man, has a religious character. Therefore, 'no atheist can be made a Mason. However, Masonry is not a church, a religion, or a substitute for one. Masonry has no creed, has no priesthood, is nonsectarian, and is not an offspring of any church - ancient or modern. '
How Does Masonry Differ From Religion?
Freemasonry seeks to make good men better; religion functioning through the churches seeks to reform men who may have succumbed to the temptations of life. Freemasonry does not propose to reform sinners or to teach salvation, and is no substitute for a church. Religious men go to church to worship God; men do not go to a Masonic Lodge for the purpose of worship. They go to a Masonic Lodge to learn moral truths and how to apply them in their everyday life. They find that one compliments the other. Masonry encourages its members to be active in the church of their choice.
Is Freemasonry a Secret Society?
No. A secret society, among other things, meets in a secret place. Masonic lodges usually occupy prominent locations in the community and their Temples customarily are identified by a display of one or more well-known Masonic emblems. Most members of the Craft wear Masonic insignia. The only secrets of Freemasonry are its methods of recognition.
What Are The Requirements For Membership?
A man of good moral character, having a belief in a Supreme Being is eligible to apply for membership in the Masonic fraternity.
What Is The Masonic Organization?
Freemasonry consists of the Symbolic or Blue Lodge, which confers three basic degrees. There are also many organizations, which restrict their membership to, Masons. They are sometimes called "appendant' bodies." One group is called the York Rite, another is called the Scottish Rite.
The Great Commandment of Freemasonry
A new commandment give I unto you, that ye love one another, He that saith he is in the Light, and hateth is brother, remaineth still in the darkness. Both the soul and God are present in the body, but there is the curtain of egoism between them and for this reason the soul cannot see God. Both live in the same house, at the same time, but do not see each other.
How Do You Become A Freemason?
If you are interested in becoming a Freemason, you should tell a Mason of your wish to become a member. He will assist you to obtain a petition and advise you how to proceed. Freemasonry does not seek members through solicitations or membership drives. The individual must make known his desire to become a Mason.
Why You Are Not Asked To Become A Member?
Every act a Mason performs as a Mason or in the name of Masonry, and throughout his entire Masonic life, is the" result of his "own free will and accord." It follows therefore, that even a man's first approach to the Fraternity must be upon the same basis - a voluntary act, unbiased by solicitation from any member. '
What Procedure Follows Acceptance?
Upon being accepted for membership in a Symbolic Lodge, a candidate IS taught the basic tenets of Masonry in three degrees. "These degrees are first, Entered Apprentice; second, Fellow Craft; third Master Mason. They consist of ceremonies of a serious nature in which each candidate takes part with dignity and solemnity.