What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternity in the world. It uses the ancient tools and symbols of masons to teach timeless lessons about ethics and morality.
The true origins of Freemasonry are lost in the mists of time. Probably Freemasonry arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built the great castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Possibly, they were influenced by the Knights Templar - Christian warrior monks who formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making their trips to the Holy Land.
Freemasons believe in the existence of God, the immortality of the soul, and the brotherhood of man. Freemasonry strives to teach a man the duty he owes to God, his country, his neighbor, his family and himself.
Masonry does not say anything about politics or the God that individual masons worship. Men from all religions are welcome (alphabetically; Buddhists, Catholics and all other Christians, Jews, Moslems, etc). Discussion of religion and politics are avoided in the Lodge, while study of literature by great writers and other material is encouraged but no specific works are sanctioned. Masons are urged to seek their own understanding and enlightenment in all things.
By the very nature of Freemasonry, there is no such thing as a masonic authority that has the power to dictate to Masons what to think or do.
"Freemasonry embraces the highest
moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or
philosophy every promulgated for the uplift of man." Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) –
US General with close assocations with the Philippines who commanded the Southwest
Pacific Theatre in World War II.
MacArthur was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Manila Lodge #1 under
the Grand Lodge of the Philippines on January 14, 1936