What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is probably the world’s most popular and secretive fraternal organization. It is a society of men who have spiritual and moral values. It is a very visible society. Freemasons are present in all the states in the United States and in many other countries. This article reveals the secrets behind Freemasonry.
Freemason societies in various U.S. states have their own Grand Lodge and website. Freemasons adorn hats, jackets and rings emblazoned with their trademark logo of square and compass. Their cars have Masonic bumper stickers and license plates. Details of Masonic lodges can be found in the Yellow Pages and some even advertise on billboards.
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry has private ceremonies and signals such as handshakes and passwords. These are kept secret just as corporations keep their information private. Freemasonry is basically a philosophy that concerns ethics and morality.
Secrets of Freemasonry
- Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that has oaths which are based on the ancient stonemason guilds.
- Masonic customs, legends, rules and laws are based on those medieval craft guilds.
- Freemasonry teaches moral and social virtues based on the symbolism of the ancient building craft. The structure of a building is used as a symbol to build character in men.
- Masons are taught to practice trust, secrecy, equality, mutual assistance and brotherly love.
- Masons have secret passwords, signs and handshakes to recognize each other.
- Masons meet regularly in lodges that are supervised by a Master who is helped by Wardens. Men who are mentally and morally qualified are initiated into the society after they undergo secret ceremonies that are based on ancient guild legends.
- It is not another religion and there is no dogma that members have to accept. But, Masons believe in a Supreme Being about whom they are entitled to have personal beliefs.
- Freemasonry does not pose as a science. The society values experience and learning. Members are encouraged to think individually, but they are not taught what to think.
- Freemasonry teaches tolerance about other’s beliefs. Every individual is considered an equal, who deserves the Masons’ assistance and respect.