Freemasonry requires a belief in
- But is non-sectarian in approach,
being a fellowship of religious men
and it encourages men to be active in their religious worship and
- Reveres God and acknowledges that man
may worship Him by whatever name He is known to the worshiper, e.g.
Allah, Jehovah and any other name. It therefore refers to God by names
which describe who He is and what He does.
- Enables devout men to submerge their
religious and political differences and to meet in fellowship of
- Teaches the highest code of morality
by symbolism and allegory.
- Concentrates on developing the life
of it's members, for which they will be accountable after death, but
does not teach a way of salvation.
- Teaches men to practice benevolence
- Develops the confidence, speaking
ability and social skills in relationships amongst it's members.
- Is organised in degrees as
progressive steps to deepen understanding of a way of life. These
Degrees are kept separate and distinct by keeping confidential the
recognition signs of each Degree.
- He believes in God as the Architect,
Creator and Lord of the
universe, the source of moral standards and the judge of humanity
- He believes that those moral
standards can be put into practice
as a way of life.
- He believes that all humanity is
created equal in the sight of God, irrespective of colour, language or
creed or in the possession of material things.
- He believes that one must love one's
neighbour as one's self, that pre-eminent in the way of life is
benevolence and charity, that is, that help, material and spiritual, is
to be given in the spirit of wishing well to the recipient.
- He believes that these principles can
be practiced together by men of several religions who therefore can
associate together without discussing the relative merits of religious
denominations or the merits of politics.
- He learns the required standards and
relationships through the ritual and by the use of symbols and allegory.
Pietre-Stones Review of Freemasonry