Is Freemasonry a Religion?

by George
(Tucson, AZ, Pima)

I've read on different Web sites, books and other places that Masons worship the devil?


I am very interested in the Masonic culture and background. Where can I get the best info for this.

Do you have to be chosen to become a Freemason? Is there any Tucson or Arizona affiliations?

Thanks,

George

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Dec 15, 2010
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Answer to your question?
by: Anonymous

Hello, to answer your question you do not have to be of any particular religion to be considered a Mason; but you must have a belief in God being the one and Almighty God on earth. Masonry is not a religion, but a leadership and connection with other God-fearing men.

May 30, 2011
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Freemasonry and Religion
by: John

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)

Jun 22, 2011
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Masonic funeral ceremony
by: Anonymous

A very ill person is asking for a Masonic Service after cremation. I am looking for what is involved as he has been a Shriner for decades. Where do I find this information?

Jul 15, 2011
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My condolences...
by: Tim

I am sorry to hear about your friend and our Brother's illness. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Your best bet is the direct approach. If you can find out which Masonic Lodge he is a member of, contact the Master or Secretary of the Lodge and inform them of his wishes. They will know what to do and help advise you. If you can't locate his Lodge of membership try contacting the Grand Lodge for the State or jurisdiction in which he lives. They should be able to assist you in locating the correct Lodge.

Some lodges are listed in local telephone directories or can be found by doing a Web search. For the Grand Lodge just do a Web search using the terms, "grand lodge" and the state or province of the locality.

If I can be of further assistance please contact me and I'll do what I can to help.

For general information about the Masonic Funeral service

Thanks for visiting Masonsmart.com and our prayers will be with you and our Brother.

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