What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is the world’s oldest fraternal society, whose members are concerned with developing a stronger moral and spiritual compass. Its broad purposes are, to diffuse light; to suppress darkness; to promote peace and harmony among mankind; to relieve distress; to inculcate a strong knowledge and understanding of the Supreme Architect of the Universe, and of the arts and sciences connected with His divine laws. These ideals are taught by a series of rituals, lectures, catechisms, and symbols which follow the forms and usages of ancient stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides. Freemasonry aims to make its members wiser, more logical, and consequently happier men. The essential qualification for membership is a belief in deity and the immortality of the soul. It is open to men who are at least 18 years of age and are of solid, moral character.

While a man must profess a belief in a Supreme Being, and while many religious tenets are incorporated in Freemasonry, it does not teach theology the way organized religion does. Freemasonry is a philosophy, a way of thinking, and a way of life.

Contrary to popular belief, Freemasonry is not a secret society. Its goals, principles, and constitutions are publicly known, and members are at liberty to acknowledge their membership. The only secrets in Freemasonry are its modes of recognition, symbolism, and rituals.

Freemasonry is not a political organization. While Freemasonry had a tremendous influence on the founding of both the United States of America and the Republic of Texas, it is not a “new world order” nor does it aim to achieve world domination.

A Freemason is taught that his prime duties are to his God, his family, and his community. Any attempt to use his membership to promote his own or anyone else’s business, professional or personal interests, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who has acted dishonorably or illegally, is contrary to the conditions on which he maintains his membership.

By following the three noble tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth a Freemason hopes to show tolerance and respect for others; to practice charity within the community as a whole both by charitable giving and voluntary efforts; and to strive to attain truth and high moral standards in his own life.

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