Freemasonry is a blueprint for living to your full potential.
Currently, it has over 6 million members worldwide who share the belief of fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.
When it comes to the secret societies, Freemasonry emerges in mind.
However, according to Margaret Jacob, the UCLA history professor, this common belief isn’t correct. It is indeed not a religion either.
Freemasonry is all about uniting men of good character, even if they are from different ethnic or social backgrounds.
Though no one exactly knows when Freemasonry was formed, but a widely accepted belief is it started during the middle ages, particularly from the cathedral building.
However, with the decline of cathedral buildings, they started to accept honorary members in their circles to bolster their presence.
The Masonic Beliefs
Before we reveal the beliefs of Freemasons, first it is pertinent to comprehend a few things.
- There isn’t any controlling authority over Freemasonry.
- It has local organizations, known as lodges.
- All lodges follow the same principles, but their activities can be different.
- It has three major degrees – Entered Apprentice, Fellow of The Craft, and Master Mason.
- It also has groups that are social and recreational in character.
- Illuminati is completely unrelated to Freemasonry.
- Masonic brother support one another on a grand scale.
It imperative to perceive all these key things in order to understand the beliefs of Freemasons, since most people think this organization compels you to change your faith, family, or occupation… This isn’t the case at all.
Freemasonry, in fact, reminds you of yourself, your family, and community.
In a way, it makes you care for each other and your communities, and it also keeps your faith in the Supreme Architect.
For that reason, Atheists and Agnostics aren’t welcome in this society.
It is not a religion, therefore it doesn’t have any so-called ‘Core Beliefs’.
Freemasonry is a ‘Fraternity’, in which a group of people shares a common interest. You have a friendship and mutual support within a group.
For that reason, it won’t be correct to say ‘Beliefs’. Instead, it is better to say, it has three principle – Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
1 – Brotherly Love
Think whole human race as one family.
The concept of ‘Brotherly Love’ is a lot deeper in Freemasonry. You put up your brothers upon and equal with yourself. You should aid, support, and protect one another.
Masonry defines this term as ‘Charity’, which is according to them is the greatest of all virtues. You must overrule your ego and provide all the things your brother needs to live.
In this one family, all the high, the low, the rich, and poor are equal, and there is true friendship among them.
Usually, in brotherly love, we think ‘What is in this for me?‘
We prefer our needs and desires first before making any connections. But, this isn’t the case here. Your brothers’ needs are more important than your desires.
Your mind should be free from your own needs. You must think what does your brother need and how can you provide it.
This same concept is defined in many religions too.
For example, there are many Biblical references which promote brotherly love, such as ‘Let brotherly love continue’ – Hebrews 13:11.
Furthermore, in John 4:20, ‘If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar’.
2 – Relief
In order to understand relief, you need to comprehend the difference between ‘Sympathy’ and ‘Empathy’. Most people associate ‘Relief’ with sympathy, which isn’t correct.
Sympathy only requires pity. It is all about supporting others.
But, in Freemasonry, the word we can use for relief is ‘Empathy’.
Empathy has much deeper meanings. You put yourself in the other fellow’s place to perceive its situation and circumstances.
You feel another person’s pain in your own heart and help him as much as you can.
Bear in mind, we aren’t talking about the monetary relief only. Relief has a wider meaning for Freemasons.
It can be physical and emotional help too. Many Freemasons feel more empowered by giving time, rather than money.
The primary objective of this concept is to recognize the emergency demand and give a helping hand to your brother.
Recent statistics reveal that the Freemasons provide over $3 million every day to charity.
Moreover, they also provide retirement homes for their members and donate to schools and destitute families.
On the whole, it looks enormous contribution, but the Freemasons don’t do this to receive gratitude or recognition. They are on the path of Empathy.
3 – Truth
Masonic truth is a tad controversial.
When you enter the lodge, Freemasons believe you seek light as you are in the darkness and blindfolded due to numerous reasons.
In the Lodge, the term ‘Light’ has a different meaning. It is all about spiritual truth and knowledge.
First, let’s talk about knowledge. In this principle, Freemasons use knowledge to improve themselves, their families, and their communities.
You have to discover that knowledge on your own. You can’t stay ignorant or unaware. It is pertinent to uphold this principle while dealing with others and in your private life.
However, the ‘Spiritual Truth’ is something which particularly clashes with the teachings of Christianity.
Other than that, they also believe that you will go to heaven as a result of your good works. Jesus hasn’t died as the payment for your sins.
For that reason, the church condemns Freemasonry.
And, this is perhaps the only thing that interferes in religious practice.
All in all, Freemasonry isn’t a religion and doesn’t have pre-defined belief system either. These are just a few basic principles and concepts which they follow.
Though their lodge is open to men of any faith, but the religion can’t be discussed in their meetings.