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Is Masonry a Religion ?

Masonry is a fraternity, not a religion. Masonry acknowledges the existence of God, but Masonry does not tell a person which religion he should practice or how he should practice it. That is a function of his house of worship, not his fraternity.

Sometimes people confuse Masonry with a religion because we call some Masonic buildings "temples." But we use the word in the same sense that Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes called the Supreme Court a "Temple of Justice." Neither Masonry nor the Supreme Court is a religion just because its members meet in a "temple." Most California lodges now refer to their buildings as Masonic centers.

Is Masonry a Religion?

Masons do not worship any god within the Lodge. Worship does not take place in the Lodge. Of course, prayers are made for guidance and for the sick, but each Masons is expected to direct those prayers to the God he serves.

While personal religion is encouraged in the Lodge and the Holy Bible is referred to as "the guide to moral living," we do not have any system of conducting a worship service nor do we have a theology to explain what one must believe about God.

Within minutes of the new candidate entering into the Lodge he is told that there will be nothing done that will conflict with any of his religious duties. It is expected that he will put his church and religion first before the Lodge.

A Mason's God, is the God of his religion. God in the Masonic sense refers to God as perceived and worshiped by the individual Mason. No man is asked to change his beliefs to meet some Masonic standard.

Freemasonry makes only one religious statement: that there is a God who created the Universe. By this, it draws a line between religious believers and godless people. It does not concern itself with the lines between religions, because it is itself not a religion, and the various temples and churches are better equipped to define theology.

It must be stated one more time. Freemasonry is not a religion. It IS a FRATERNITY.


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