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Statement on Freemasonry and Religion
Prepared by the Masonic Information Center

Basic Principles. Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. It requires of its members a belief in God as part of the obligation of every responsible adult, but advocates no sectarian faith or practice. Masonic ceremonies include prayers, both traditional and extempore, to reaffirm each individual's dependence on God and to seek divine guidance. Freemasonry is open to men of any faith, but religion may not be discussed at Masonic meetings.

The Supreme Being. Masons believe that there is one God and that people employ many different ways to seek, and to express what they know of God. Masonry primarily uses the appellation, "Grand Architect of the Universe," and other non-sectarian titles, to address the Deity. In this way, persons of different faiths may join together in prayer, concentrating on God, rather than differences among themselves. Masonry believes in religious freedom and that the relationship between the individual and God is personal, private, and sacred.

Volume of the Sacred Law. An open volume of the Sacred Law, "the rule and guide of life," is an essential part of every Masonic meeting. The Volume of the Sacred Law in the Judeo/Christian tradition is the Bible; to Freemasons of other faiths, it is the book held holy by them.

The Oath of Freemasonry. The obligations taken by Freemasons are sworn on the Volume of the Sacred Law. They are undertakings to follow the principles of Freemasonry and to keep confidential a Freemason's means of recognition. The much discussed "penalties," judicial remnants from an earlier era, are symbolic, not literal. They refer only to the pain any honest man should feel at the thought of violating his word.

Freemasonry Compared with Religion. Freemasonry lacks the basic elements of religion: (a) It has no dogma or theology, no wish or means to enforce religious orthodoxy. (b) It offers no sacraments. (c) It does not claim to lead to salvation by works, by secret knowledge, or by any other means. The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with modes of recognition, not with the means of salvation.

Freemasonry Supports Religion. Freemasonry is far from indifferent toward religion. Without interfering in religious practice, it expects each member to follow his own faith and to place his Duty to God above all other duties. Its moral teachings are acceptable to all religions.

Prepared by the Masonic Information Center(12/93)
Revised (9/98)

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Freemasonry's Inextricable Links with Satanism and the Occult 8613 Milo 16-Jul-02 04:47
Re: Freemasonry's Inextricable Links with Satanism and the Occult 434 Billy 16-Jul-02 04:56
Witches Janet and Stewart Farrar 352 Milo 16-Jul-02 05:06
Re: Witches Janet and Stewart Farrar 336 Mike Brown 16-Jul-02 05:15
Re: Witches Janet and Stewart Farrar 327 Milo 16-Jul-02 05:33
Re: Witches Janet and Stewart Farrar 272 Mike Brown 16-Jul-02 05:54
Re: Witches Janet and Stewart Farrar 313 Milo 16-Jul-02 06:12
Re: Witches Janet and Stewart Farrar 323 Jergat 16-Jul-02 07:01
What's Freemasonry? 299 mason 16-Jul-02 05:36
Re: What's Freemasonry? 297 Milo 16-Jul-02 05:44
What does all that mean? 298 mason 16-Jul-02 05:46
Re: What does all that mean? 271 Milo 16-Jul-02 05:48
I've had my fun! 310 mason 16-Jul-02 05:54
May the Lovejoy be with you...lol n/t 331 Jergat 16-Jul-02 07:03
Re: May the Lovejoy be with you... 291 lovejoy 16-Jul-02 09:40
What my church says about Freemason membership 327 jonny 16-Jul-02 16:26
Re: What my church says about Freemason membership 310 Milo 17-Jul-02 02:07
It's too bad..... 291 Timothy 16-Jul-02 17:29
Thanks Tim!!! : ) 288 mason 16-Jul-02 19:18
To the contrary... 263 Milo 16-Jul-02 19:40
Your reply was was self-biased, Milo. 298 mason 16-Jul-02 19:48
Why? n/t 211 Milo 16-Jul-02 21:50
It's too bad... For whom? That's the Question! 321 Milo 16-Jul-02 19:38
Yes, Exceedingly Well Said. Bravo! n/t 240 mason 16-Jul-02 21:00
Milo, SHOW ME THE MONEY!! 336 Timothy 16-Jul-02 20:49
Have I ever called for that? NO, I haven't! 274 Milo 16-Jul-02 22:04
Re: Freemasonry's Inextricable Links with Satanism and the Occult 314 Neal 16-Jul-02 21:11
Stop Flamming Neal 205 Milo 16-Jul-02 22:06
Re: Freemasonry's Inextricable Links with Satanism and the Occult 329 Timothy 17-Jul-02 00:10
The Masonic Grand Architect of the Universe is Satan! 1352 Milo 17-Jul-02 00:39
Poor Milo! 290 mason 17-Jul-02 01:51
STOP SPAMMING AND FLAMMING mason 324 Milo 17-Jul-02 01:58
Albert Pike and Eliphas Levi 3833 Milo 17-Jul-02 01:27
Again, I have nothing more to say to you. n/t 334 mason 17-Jul-02 01:37
MODERATOR 303 Milo 17-Jul-02 01:46


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