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What is Freemasonry?

There is no simple, one-line definition that describes what Freemasonry is. It is a philosophy and a system of morality and ethics — and a pretty basic one at that.

Below are some of the points that make Freemasonry different from any other organization:

  • Freemasonry is a fraternity of men, bound together by oaths, based on the medieval stonemason craft guilds.
  • Freemasonry teaches lessons of social and moral virtues based on symbolism of the tools and language of the ancient building trade, using the building of a structure as a symbol for the building of character in men.
  • Freemasonry is not a religion, and it has no religious dogma that it forces its members to accept. Masons must simply believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, whatever they conceive that deity to be. Their personal beliefs are just that: personal.
  • Freemasonry teaches Masons to be tolerant of the beliefs of others and to regard each man as their equal, deserving both their respect and their assistance.

What do Masons believe?

Freemasons come from all faiths and backgrounds. A moral and ethical approach to life is at the core of a Freemason: showing thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things.

Each Freemason is urged to regard the interests of his family as paramount and practice concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
In summary the beliefs of Freemasonry can be boiled down to those three simple concepts.

Brotherly love: Love for each other and for all mankind.

Relief: Charity for others and mutual aid for fellow Masons. Masonic charity is practiced to improve the lives of men here and now.

Truth: Light in a Masonic lodge is a symbol of spiritual truth and knowledge, and every candidate must discover that light on his own. No lodge ceremony or Masonic lesson can pretend to provide “ultimate” truth for a Mason, but Masonry seeks to inspire the individual to search for knowledge on his own.

10 Reasons to be a Mason:

1. Masonry is a place where you can confidently trust every person, and entrust your family with them.

2. Masonry is a place where, within moral and civil guidelines, free thought, free speaking and the spiritual growth of man can grow to its fullest potential. 

3. Masonry is a place, which provides the opportunity to meet, know, and call “Brother” outstanding individuals from all walks of life who you would not otherwise have met. 

4. Masonry is a place to be part of an organization that has for its principle tenets – Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. 

5. Masonry is a place that provides self development opportunities, leadership training and experience, and the chance to improve public speaking skills.

6. Masonry is a place you can give support, as well as seek it.

7. Masonry is place where moral virtues are taught and, through those teachings, a regular reinforcement of the moral virtues is experienced.

8. Masonry is a place to spend time with a group of Brothers, who, by acting as good men, can make you want to become a better man.  Not better than others, but better than you would have otherwise been.

9. Masonry is a place to become better prepared to serve your place of worship, your family, and your community.

10. Masonry is a place to meet with involved members of the community and to become part of that community.