Freemasonry is, and always has been, primarily a fraternity of men dedicated to our communities, families and the religious development of each member in his own beliefs. Masons assist the less fortunate as well as share fellowship with like-minded men from all walks of life. Freemasonry encourages its members to strive to become better men, husbands, and fathers and to take time to consider the ‘sublime mysteries’ in the world around them.
Today, we see an increased interest among men to enter the fraternity. Masonry is the oldest organization founded on values, a trust in fellow man and helping those less fortunate.
Over the centuries, Masonic scholars have explored numerous theories of its origins. However, no one knows with certainty how Freemasonry began. We do know that Masonry is based on the guilds formed in the middle ages to build castles and cathedrals.
Freemasonry can be found in every free country in the world.
You must be of legal age, with high values and a belief in deity (all established religions are recognized).This is because an applicant must be accountable to a higher authority when promising to support his country his family, and how he will interact with others in society, including members of the fraternity. To become a Mason in Nebraska, you must be a legal resident for at least six months and able to support yourself and family.
The often repeated answer given by Masons is that Masonry isn’t a secret organization but rather an organization with secrets. In fact, Masonry’s only ‘secrets’ are how members recognize each other.
Any organization as visible in our communities and in the world can hardly be considered ‘secret.’ The buildings used for meetings are usually clearly marked as Masonic. In many parts of the world, signs on roads outside communities to help those interested to find Masonic buildings are posted. Masonry can be found on thousands of sites on the Internet, listings in phone books and public events are held regularly.
The lessons of brotherly love, fidelity and charity are taught as allegories. Their meanings are revealed when men become members.
This approach to teaching Masonic lessons is part of the ‘fabric’ of an organization that could be 400 to 700 years old, which makes it unique among groups men can join.
Masonic lodges are organized much as any other organization. The primary officers (three to five in most lodges) are elected by the membership and serve nearly always one year, although some may be reelected to the same position in a succeeding year. The Worshipful Master is the primary officer of the Lodge. The term “worshipful” has no religious connotation but is a term of respect just as the designation “honorable” is used in our legislative branches. His role is similar in many ways to the president or presiding officer of any organization. He appoints other officers to carry out the work of the lodge as well as committees.
Is Freemasonry a Religion?
No, but Freemasonry is religious. We pray and have an open Bible on the altar at all our meetings. You must believe in a supreme being to be a Mason. Your faith is your own personal choice. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and all men of faith are welcomed in the Masonic fraternity. We strongly encourage our fellow brothers to be active in the church, synagogue, or mosque of their choice.
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