Freemasonry and Religion

Discussion in 'Masonic Education' started by Blake Bowden, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

    Our purpose as Freemasons is not that of a religion. Freemasonry lacks the basic elements of religion. Freemasonry is not a religion nor is it a substitute for religion. Freemasonry advocates no sectarian faith or practice.

    • We do not seek converts.
    • We do not solicit new members.
    • We do not raise money for religious purposes.
    • We do not have a dogma or theology. Religious discussion is forbidden in a Masonic Lodge thereby eliminating the chance for any Masonic dogma to form.
    • It does not offer any sacraments and does not claim to lead to salvation by works, by secret knowledge, or by any other means. The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with the modes of recognition only and not with the means of salvation. By any definition of religion accepted by our critics, we cannot qualify as a religion. Freemasonry supports religion. Freemasonry is far from indifferent to religion. Without interfering in religious practice, it expects each member to follow his own faith.

    A man does not subscribe to a new religion, much less to an anti-Christian religion when he becomes a Freemason, any more than when he joins any political party or community association. There is nothing in Freemasonry that is opposed to the religion he brings with him into the Masonic lodge. Freemasonry does not assert nor does it teach that one religion is as good as another. Freemasonry admits men of all religions. Freemasons believe in religious freedom and that the relationship between the individual and his God is personal,
    private and sacred.

    We do not apply a theological test to a candidate. We do ask a man if he believes in God and that is the only religious test. Belief in God is faith; belief about God is theology. As Freemasons we are interested in faith only and not in theology. Religion is not permitted to be discussed at Masonic meetings. Freemasonry is a completely tolerant organization. When Freemasonry accepts a Christian, or a Jew, or a Buddhist, or a Mohammedan, it does not accept him as such, but accepts him as a man, worthy to be received into the Masonic fraternity.

    Freemasonry stands for the values that are supreme in the life of the church and expects each member to follow his own faith and to place his duty to God above all other duties. We are sure that a member who is true to the principles he learns in Freemasonry will be a better church member because of it.

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  2. jwhoff

    jwhoff Premium Member

    No. We have enough religions in the world to divide us.

    The man-made kind, that is.
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    Guillermo Iglesias Patiño Registered User

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    Guillermo Iglesias Patiño Registered User

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  5. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

    Very true brother, very true.

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