If you look on YouTube and a number of other HATE sites, you will find all kinds of alarmists and conspiracy theorists claiming that they know how to spot a Freemason. Something about pressing the thumb into the centre of the back of the others hand.... ?
You cannot identify a man as being a Mason solely based on how he shakes someone's hand. A Mason is identified by his habits.
If you're really interested in spotting a Mason, here's what to look for:
- He believes in a sumpreme being (God)
- He is most trustworthy
- He is honourable
- He holds a high and strict moral character
- He supports justice
- He has sound judgment
- He does not prejudge people based on their religious or political views
- He actively practises tolerance
- He has to be a man of mature age
- He has no criminal background
- He is a friend and a brother amongst peers
Is the POPE a Mason?
I wonder if Aristotle was a Mason? He has many quotes which are in alignment with Masonry. Pity we there isn't a photo of him shaking hands with someone (so we'd know for sure).
- Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
- It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
- Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
- Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
- The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
- The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
One more thing...
Seemingly most anti-Freemason people, rightly or wrongly, tend to stem from certain denominations of the Christian and/or Islamic faiths.
To ye I say: art thoust aware that the Word of God praises fraternal organisations of brotherhood like the Freemasons? Psalms 133:1 "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
Jim Melock on January 04, 2015:
There's plenty of corroborative evidence written by prominent Masons themselves that indicates;
1. Freemasonry is a religion
2. This religion is based upon Baal worship denounced in the Holy Bible which puts it in direct conflict with Christianity.
3. The Masonic ideology is the driving force behind the New World Order.
Luminophile on September 14, 2014:
rdunn1224 wrote "Also to add our last president that WAS A REAL MASON was theodore roosevelt from the 1940. The very same that got the country back on its feet out of the depression."
Er...Theodore Roosevelt was President from 1901-1909. His relative, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President from 1933-1945. Both were Masons, but so too were Harry Truman (1945-1952) and Gerald Ford (1974-77).
Luminophile on September 14, 2014:
JesusLives wrote "The Bible is historically accurate - and has not been proven otherwise."
Actually, that's far from true. The Bible is historically wrong about a great many things, not least of which is the claim that the earth (and sun, moon, etc.) are just 6,000 years old. The global "flood" that supposedly happened 4,500 years ago historically (not to mention scientifically) impossible . There is no way that all of the various languages on earth could have developed in the way the Bible claims. There was no Egyptian captivity as claimed in Exodus; Egyptian records from that period are voluminous and yet they somehow managed to fail to record Jews making up 1/3 of their population, the plagues, the Exodus itself, etc. The Bible's claim that Jesus was the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy is likewise impossible (and Isaiah's prophecy had nothing to do with Jesus anyway). And the Romans, for also being scrupulous record-keepers, somehow managed to miss the existence of Jesus, as well as his alleged resurrection and ascension. These are but a few examples of how historically IN-accurate the Bible is.
"Does one dismiss the explosion in Christianity after Jesus's resurrection as mere coincidence? There must have been quite an unprecedented event, like a human being rising from the dead and being witnessed by many, to even top all the miracles that Jesus performed."
The "explosion in Christianity" you mention happened long after Jesus' alleged lifetime and it had more to do with the fact that Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine I (who reigned 300 years after Jesus) was a Christian and Constantie went on to make Christianity the official State religion.
"Additionally on a scientific note, what about the Bible's revelation that the earth was round? According to the sciences of the day, the world was believed to flat."
Nonsense. Not only is the earth claimed to be flat in the Bible, the Bible also claims that the sun orbits the earth! How else could Joshua have "caused the sun to stand still in the sky" during battle against the Gibeonites? In reality, the 900 m.p.h. rotation of the earth would have had to be interrupted, which would've destroyed the planet through the overwhelming momentum of the seas, etc. The Bible claims that Jesus went to a high place where he could see the entirety of the earth. It refers to the "four corners" and to "the ends" of the earth. It also says many times that the earth is "fixed and immovable"; yet another anti-scientific notion.
"One unique thing about Christianity is that it is the only religion where the God...comes TO all people. 100% of others beliefs and religions are based upon acts of self...to reach heaven/enlightenment."
You really don't know what you're talking about. There are many other religions that don't require "acts of self...to reach heaven/enlightenment"; Taoism and Japanese Pure Land Buddhism are just two examples. And what is getting/having faith, confessing "sins", loving your neighbor, and all of the other essentials for Christian salvation, if not "acts of self"?
The reality is that you have chosen to privilege Christianity relative to all other religions -- not because of any objective reason or from empirical evidence, but because you believe in its supernatural claims. In that way, you are no different from a zealot of ANY religion.
PimentoMM on April 10, 2014:
Will be raised myself in short order.
One of the most important things i have learned in freemasonry, is to not engage in a debate with those who are ignorant of the Craft. I have seen many different VSL in lodge and am grateful to be a part of the fraternity.
Though as a young Mason, i have noticed that as people find out, it is a polarizing thing, they either accept it or debate it, but their ignorance doesnt hold any baring on my persuit of the Craft and all it has to teach,
In fact i would like to reach out to more of my brethren world wide, as i have found the work and discussion of such to be a life changing thing for me.
rdunn1224 on October 21, 2013:
I am a freemason and there is no way for you to really know if someone is a fellow mason unless they were jewelry of it. And also to be really smart the catholic church bans masonry inside its walls. The pope is not a mason and aristotle was not a mason. Before 1717 when masons actually were noticeable in society they were what were call operative. Refering to that every freemason also was an actual mason by trade. And also at that time it was passed down generation to generation. Since the 1970s its no longer required you have family ties to masonry. End of your reign of conspiracies that's the truth coming from a mason. Also to add our last president that WAS A REAL MASON was theodore roosevelt from the 1940. The very same that got the country back on its feet out of the depression.
MasterMason on February 26, 2013:
@ChristianMason - I agree 100%. The anti's that I have encountered are simply using the anonymity of the internet to make ludicris accusations with absolutely zero backup to their claims. I even had one anti tell me that it was my job to find all of the masons that he was claiming were doing horrendous things. He claims to have names, but when asked to produce one, simply would not.....It appears to be the same with this misinformed individual.....
ChristianMason on February 25, 2013:
@MasterMason, your questions are laudable, but as I stated above, it is a no-win scenario for the Mason. The anti-Mason will never take me or any other professed Mason seriously, because the anti-Mason believes that the Mason is either a low-level Mason who is deceived, or is a high-level Mason who is doing the deceiving. A Mason can provide a litany of references, qualifications, and character vouchers, but in the end, he will never be seen as truthful by the anti-Mason.
MasterMason on February 25, 2013:
@Fuxkmasons - What FACTUAL basis do you have to support your allegations? Have you personally been to a meeting? Have you personally spoken face to face with a Mason? Have you even walked on the same side of the street as a Masonic Lodge? Oh, and by the way, a youtube video does not hold water as a FACTUAL source, so please do not waste my time.
Fuxkmasons on February 24, 2013:
Free masons have an art for being deceitful so I wouldn't fall into what this "Freemason" has to say. Just another one trying to conform society to their bullshit of devil worshipping an killing others for selfish desires. They also have many gay rituals involved in the practices to as they advance up. Satan breathing, deceitful snakes.
ChristianMason on February 18, 2013:
@Eric9, I'd be interested to know where you live (not specifically of course, but the country or region) because the perception of Freemasonry differs very greatly depending on what country or region in which one lives.
I am a very active Freemason, active in the Blue Lodge, the York Rite, and the Scottish Rite, and I live in the Southeastern part of the United States. I can honestly say with 100% confidence that money, personal status, and personal wealth has absolutely nothing to do with one's membership in, or his advancement through Freemasonry. The only exception is the fact that each organization you join has its own dues structure, but the members pay--they never receive any money, (with the few exceptions being something like a lodge secretary being paid a small stipend to compensate for his extra time.)
As to personal advancement, and personal wealth, do Freemasons hire other Freemasons? Absolutely! But only if they are qualified for the job. And it is the same as Christians who hire other Christians, Muslims who hire other Muslims, gun owners who hire other gun owners, etc. And I repeat, ONLY IF THEY ARE QUALIFIED. Yes, all things being equal, a Freemason might choose a Freemason over a non-Freemason, but when it comes to hiring, are things ever really equal?
You also state that you have never come across a Freemason who is virtuous. Do you know ANY virtuous people? If you do, is it possible that of those who are virtuous, that one or more might be Freemasons, but just don't flaunt it? The mark of a good man is to live by virtue, live by example, and to let his actions speak for his character. Those who flaunt their position, rank, or status (in ANY organization) are very likely not representative of the organization at large. You have very likely met some selfish, self-centered, and morally questionable Freemasons. And likewise, you have also probably met some selfish, self-centered, morally questionable Christians, Muslims, shoe makers, police officers, etc. But does that make all Christians, Muslims, shoe makers, police officers, etc. immoral or not virtuous? Any sane man would say no.
So to sum it up, despite being a very active Freemason, I'm still waiting from my check.
Eric9 on February 17, 2013:
First off I would like to point out I am neither a mason nor an anti-mason. Nor am I a devout religious man and the reasons why are the same.
I cannot believe and give my life to an organization that feels threatened by one essentially giving the same message and stemming from the same source. In simplistic terms all religions are there to teach humans to be better people, regardless of whether or not you believe in a higher being. The problem then comes from the willingness to sling mud at someone because instead of Christian they use the word Muslim, Hindu, Jew or vice versa whilst publicly criticizing "extremist" views.......if the views are extreme and not inline with the teachings you promote simply ban them from practicing, certainly from preaching, maybe you say its not your place, maybe your the hand of god.........
......Maybe it was plain dumb luck or maybe it was your mason connections that allowed you planning permission where other non masons have failed.......maybe all masons are satanists, or maybe none are, but probably some are and some aren't (if, judging by previous comments masons don't make judgments on religious beliefs, there truly is no difference in putting your belief in someone above you then there is in putting it in someone below you, and if the person below you is so bad why put yourself 6ft closer to him when your dead)
All i can go by is my personal experiences with Freemasons. I have never come across and inherently "bad" Freemason but i have also never come across one who is virtuous, and whether their rich snobbery is because of their links or their links are because of their rich snobbery i can't tell you, i can say that they do all hold positions of "power" and they do have a dim view of people poorer than themselves (or at least a nose that has a natural tendency to look to the sky)
In conclusion I think masons attitudes are a product of a money driven society but i don't believe they make sacrificial offerings out of orphaned babies (for instance) and i don't follow religion A/B because religion B/A says its wrong. Until everyone is open and honest about their actions this will be my stance. Someone who feels he has to hide behind secrecy feels guilt about his actions
ChristianMason on January 24, 2013:
@JesusSister, I don't know about the God in which YOU believe, but my understanding as a Christian of God is of one who is with me everywhere and always regardless of location or circumstance. I could be in a dark closet praying to Him, or in a stadium filled with Muslims or Atheists, and God is still with me, still hears my prayers, and still blesses me.
As a Christian Freemason, my first loyalty is to God. End of story. No person, government, organization (including Freemasonry), or anyone can take away my personal relationship with God. Next, my salvation is sealed through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. And that is not just me talking. Most of my masonic brothers, most of whom are professed Christians, would very likely make the same assertion.
Freemasonry is an organization that provides me with opportunities for fellowship, brotherhood, charity, building leadership skills, and improving myself as an honorable man of integrity.
So I can say honestly as a man, a Christian, and a Mason, that nothing that is done behind the closed doors of a Masonic lodge would cause a Christian to stray from his love of Christ. And as I stated above, I challenge you to please tell me what I have done as a Mason that has or would cause me to stumble in my walk with Jesus Christ.
JesusSister on January 23, 2013:
I know for sure Masons are attemping to be honorable citizens. But what bothers me is this - As a true Christian WE know that Jesus IS the way and He is the Light. We do not have to seek the light in dark, secret places. He is THE LIGHT, and the Light is in us. And If WE go into a secret place, WE are alone. This is to pray to The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. We did not do unusual things there with The Trinity or worship among our Spiritual Brothers and Sisters while others family members (biological) have no idea what is going on. This is only a bit of what's on my heart to write for now.
AmbassadorKolob on January 05, 2013:
I am just letting you know there will be a release by the COUNCIL OF LEARNED ELDERS IN ZION that was mentioned by HENRY FORD SENIOR, who is acknowledged as a Mason in Masons who helped shape the nation, the leader of this "highly controversial organization" that was mentioned by both a "RUSSIAN CZAR" and MR HENRY FORD, is now going on record stating and his name is JOSHUA BETHEL:
"THE INTERNATIONAL JEW, the world's foremost problem" was a "fraud" that sullies the pure waters of Anti Semitism as was already admitted by one of the Russian Autocrats for which MR LEON TROTZKY killed the last Czar because he was tired of the "JEW BASHING" by russian Czars and decided to put an end to it, permanently!
It is "categorically denied" that this COUNCIL EXISTED during the life time of MR HENRY FORD, but it has been "recently created" to "expose the lies" that have been told both by MR HENRY FORD and his RUSSIAN SUPPLIER of LIES about JEWS, one of the Czars of Russia, who published this LIE ABOUT JEWS through an "agent provocateur in Paris" who was an Embassador of Russia in France, who organized terrorist attacks against France in his day, or so the "INSIDE THE KGB" story goes by a defector who decided to "switch to the CIA" since he was a "DOUBLE AGENT" and had to get out while the getting out was still good! This is bound to be "interesting reading" which will come out latestly so I heard on "SECRET SERVICE TESTIMONY" when the "RAIDERS WIN THE SUPERBOWL" since I know now that MR OBAMA is NOT A MASON, I can ask him why he is so eager to hide the fact that some masons at least were "openly anti semitical", MR HENRY FORD is one "particular case in point"!
Matt from Baltimore/ D.C. on December 14, 2012:
@ Catholic Mason: Good stuff brother!
ChristianMason on March 19, 2012:
I am a non-denominational Christian who is saved by my belief in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, and I believe in the history in and accuracy of the Holy Bible. I am also a Master Mason, a York Rite Mason, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and I am involved with several other Masonic bodies. Prior to becoming a Freemason, I had a very strong Christian conviction and walk. And my Masonic journey has significantly strengthened my personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it has strengthened my prayer life, and it has improved my social skills in interacting with groups of people.
1. It is a no-win scenario for the Mason. Because I am a professed Mason, the anti-Mason will never take me seriously, because they typically believe that I am either a low-level Mason who is deceived, or I am a high-level Mason who is deceiving. A Mason can provide a litany of references, qualifications, and character vouchers, but in the end, they will not be seen as truthful by the anti-Mason.
2. I challenge any anti-Mason to please tell me what I have done as a Mason that has or would cause me to stumble in my walk with Jesus Christ.
RandiGirl on August 31, 2011:
It is the fear formed out of ignorance that is the reason for the uneduacated ideas and beliefs that are out there. Perhaps it isnt a bad thing it if anything distinguishes those that are Mason quality and those that just dont have what it takes. As for me I wish it were a world full of more Freemasons. AHHH what a wonderful world we would be living in. My utmost respect to all of you that have the meaning of the word MAN stamped across your forheads!
CatholicMason (author) on July 21, 2011:
I am an active practising member of the Catholic faith. Whereas Pope Benedict now decrees that Catholics cannot become Masons, at no time has God decreed the same.
In no place does the Holy Bible (first or second canon) advise that a man cannot be a member of any organisation outside the control of the Papacy.
And being "forbidden" by the Church doesn't stop people from engaging in any such activity. Heck, eating the apple was "forbidden" by God himself and Eve ate it anyway.
Eve broke a commandmant of God and yet still lives in Heavan, so how can someone who breaks a commandmant of another man be condemned?
@ E G Penny
Do you mean "hearsay" or "heresy"?
Brother, are you aware that at one time in history the Papacy decreed that all Protestants were evil? The did the same for Jews, Muslims and many other groups of people that they did not have dominion over.
Yet today, the Papacy has renegged on the ill-founded prejudice of his predecessors and accepted them. Even Pope Benedict renegged on the damnation of the Knights Templar (who are but Masons).
When will the religions of this world start to "practice" that which they all preach: Tollerance?
MasterMason on July 21, 2011:
As one who was raised in a Protestant Denomination, I can state truthfully that being a Freemason in no way, shape, or form goes against or conflicts with the teachings of the Church. Masonry is neither a Religion, nor a substitute for Religion. It promises no plan for Salvation except such as is found in the individual Masons own chosen Religion.
E G Penny on June 13, 2011:
When I became a Freemason I took my Obligation on the Holy Bible, VSL and I have not denied Jesus Christ of undertaken any Blasphemious Oaths,
But as a mason there are two things for practical reasons are forbidden for discussion in Lodge are Religion and Politics,
Its a pity some of our critics did properly based research, than second hand or heresay, and when I hear that Beared Flim Flam man Schnoebelen bear false witness, I dispair.
chulaivet6768 on June 08, 2011:
I have been a Mason for 30 years. My Father, Grandfather,
and Great-Grandfather and Great-Great Grandfather were
all Masons. 1 was a Baptist minister.
I have sat in many jurisdictions and have participated
and a lot of Degree work and can tell anti-masons they are wrong about Masons 99.9% of the Time.
We are not a Secret Organization, if so you wouldn't know about us. We are an organisation that has secrets,
just as College Fraternaties do.
About half of the US Presidents were Masons.
Many famous journalist, actors, Generals and artist,
scientist were Masons.
If we were as evil as the anti-masonic people think we are, don't you think in 300 plus years, we would have been outed?
Most Lodges here in the US have some charity they support
as well as education Scholarships to Local kids who
exemplify Patriotism in their daily activities.
Perhaps the Anti-Masonic people should go visit a Shriners Hospital and see that kids are admitted regardless of financial means, race, ethnicity for
either surgery to correct orthopedic defects or they are admitted for severe burns.
I hope I have cleared the air a little bit.
HoosierMason on June 01, 2011:
I likewise doubt your veracity on whether the imprisoned 'Freemasons' you know are actually members. Lodges tend to be pretty strict when investigating a would-be Candidate. Anything more than Parking Violations are examined very closely.
Now... it could be that you met men claiming to be Masons while "in the Slammer" yourself. If this is indeed the case, I'm afraid you've run into a bogus 'Lodge'.
There are many false (we Masons call them "clandestine") Lodges out there; that some group(s) in the Prison System might take on the Title of "freemasonry" doesn't really surprise me.
One good site, trying to keep up with these spurious 'lodges' can be found at http://search.icq.com/search/results.php?q=Bogus+M...
After reading this Report, you'll see what our own just, and legally constituted Lodges have to put up with.
CatholicMason (author) on May 05, 2011:
I doubt that to be true, or perhaps those people are lying to you. If you have ever been imprisoned, i.e. not a free man, you are not eligible to become a Freemason. If you become imprisoned after becoming a Mason, you have to leave the Order.
Insofar as wife-beaters, I cannot say. But before you go labelling all Masons as bad because of the possibility of a few bad, may I suggest you read this hub: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Masonic-P
Jonathan Fedeleche on May 04, 2011:
How come the Freemasons that I know are either imprisoned due to Drug distribution or wife beaters.
number 1 (jk, its jared) on April 09, 2011:
how awesome, ive always wondered why we all couldnt get along...these masons can...accepting each others beliefs views,for a common goal, just to better themselves....ive always been of the mind that the bible is a set of rules or a handy tool for living life, nothing more...and why cant a buddhist's ways be just as handy to him..very interesting
CatholicMason (author) on April 01, 2011:
Would I be correct in that when you moved, you changed jurisdictions? If so, then yes, you will need to seek dispensation to progress in the Order -- moreso to ensure that you have rightfully and dutifully completed the lesser degrees before advancing to the next. Also, remember, all Masons must be in good standing first and foremost.
If within the same jurisdiction, I suggest you have a look at your jurisdictions constitution by-laws and statutes to ensure that what you described is accurate and not a brothers misinterpretation of ruling.
CatholicMason (author) on April 01, 2011:
The order of De Molay is unrelated to the Freemasons, whilst many of their members may eventually become Masons, it is of no more association than the Boy Scouts and the Army.
If you wanted to draw a very long bow, you might (and I stress might) be able to find a circumstantial connection between Jacques de Molay (where the Order draws its name from) and the fact that Jacques de Molay was grand master of the Knights Templar who are now an appendant body of the Freemasons.
The Freemasons sponsor all types of charity activities, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Starlight Foundation, the Make a Wish Foundation, the Red Cross, the Cancer Council and many many others. Just because the Masons sponsor and organisation, does not automatically mean that the organisation is part of the Freemasons.
Hopefully this answers your question
Jurislaw5l on March 31, 2011:
So, Ive achieved my second degree in one Lodge. However, because I have had to move three times I could not continue my degrees and now must petition the previous Lodge for a waiver to continue at a Lodge where I currently reside. May I still greet all other masons, including those, like me, who have not yet reached the status of master mason, as brothers? I am asking this because a non-mason advised me that I'm wrong for doing this. Is he correct?
mag29mag from general santos city, philippines on March 27, 2011:
may i ask you what is the motives of masons in sponsoring the Demolay?
they were saying that Demolay is not a junior mason...
but it seems like masons did it for there own benefits...
CatholicMason (author) on March 25, 2011:
@Robert...here, here, well said.
Robert on March 20, 2011:
I'm not a mason but I sure do feel for you. If these people who accuse every person who happens to have influence were around in the days of the Bible I'm sure they would have called him a mason, sided with the Pharasees, and say that Jesus had a demon in him!
CatholicMason (author) on March 16, 2011:
You need to remember that Symbols have been borrowed and re-used throughout the ages. Just because a symbol may be similar, or even equivalent, to a masonic symbol does not automatically mean that it IS a masonic symbol. For example, the X crossing the P (which is today a common Catholic symbol for the Christian clery) was previously a symbol for the religious leaders of the ancient Egyptian religion of Sun Worship of Ra.
Freemasonry is NOT about religion, nor does it impose any doctrine or constructs of religious faith upon its members. To the contrary, Freemasonry allows their members to actively practice and follow any faith that they so choose to believe in. How an individual chooses to worship their God, is their individual choice. What Freemasonry does do, where religions fail to do, is to tolerate and accept that different people have different faiths, and to not force them to convert or change to another.
Freemasonry DOES in fact, and quite often, make reference to Jehova, God and the Most High; to follow His Divine Will. The term "Great Architect of the Universe (or G.A.O.T.U.)" is a GENERIC title for God, and individual masons are left to interpret the G.A.O.T.U. as reference to their own person God, be that Jehova, Yahweh, Allah, Adonais, or another name altogether.
@ Killuminatti & @ Dave
Both of you seem to believe in Hollywood and make-believe of fictional stories. Why must all of the ignorant people of this world denounce anything that is not like themselves as evil?
Dave on March 16, 2011:
What the hell is going on here? all the masons are evil worshippers... May God do not let their evil plans come true...
killuminatti on March 14, 2011:
freemasons idk if they are good or bad but what i hear and see they are satan worshipers
LG on March 10, 2011:
I feel sad that there is no Free Masons Lodge exclusively for women like there is for men. I understand the need to disconnect from the opposite sex, the 'men only' thing to help men come to develop their particular sense of themselves as men and to form bonds between them. I believe it is the same for women, the need for a sisterhood also, where they can do 'womens stuff' but there is not it seems. I looked up 'Eastern Star', but it seems to be for both men & women. Where do women go to learn the mysteries particularly pertaining to them?
African on March 04, 2011:
I'm a protestant christian I have done my best to try to understand what freemasons are all about as fairly as I can. My christian background tells me that the christian God is a jealous God and will not entertain his followers serving other gods as well. The Bible brought out that very clearly.
what freemason does is to allow followers of different gods like Baal Allah Vishnu etc under one roof and they give him a ' neutral ' name great architect of the universe. And they worship him under that title. worship of any other god other than Jehoval or Yaweh the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob is devil worship. Bible is clear on that.
And Albert Pike on of the authorities of Freemasonry indeed reveals in Morals and Dogma that Lucifer is the Great Architect of the universe.
Good works of charity and moral standing do not erase this fact.
Other ancient rituals are brought in and then there are these levels so that the lower masons do not have the true knowledge but ignorance is no escape.
All these explains the secrecy . lets be wise remember every knee shall bow and confess Jesus is Lord
BRian on March 03, 2011:
Someone so knowlagable as "CatholicMason" will you please answer my quesion and may be an answer to many peoples questions. Why is there masonry symbols in music, and music videos and what do they stand for?
Mathew on February 20, 2011:
To any and all, and I ask this with no antagonism intended, just a pure desire for Truth and a grand curiosity - The conspiracy articles are absolutely rife. I've accidentally spent some free time down that rabbit hole and they're dizzying in their breadth. Just a question then to actual masons - the uses of symbols to communicate, in architecture etc, and their relation to older mythologies - is any of that actually true? Does that then contradict catholic beliefs? Honestly I am only fascinated, not judgemental. Peace to all.
CatholicMason (author) on February 10, 2011:
One thing I find quite interesting and unique in the comments of anti-Masonry. Every single one of those opposed to Freemasonry are protestant Christians. Not once have I ever seen an anti-masonic post from a Catholic Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddist, Orthodox Christian... only the "born again" Christians.
Why do these people insist on tearing down anyone that is not like them? They claim that they are rightous and only Jesus is the way to go, but completely ignore the teachings of the Holy Bible at the same time.
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down." Rev 8:10
Woe to ye who accuse the Freemasons as being evil, for it is recorded in Holy Writ that you will be "hurled down".
CatholicMason (author) on February 10, 2011:
No, there is definitely nothing to do with Satanic worship. Unless of course you think that any and all references to God, Lord, Most High and the Holy Bible are all evil.
Francisco on February 10, 2011:
Padre Mororo, a Brazilian priest was a mason, a widely known fact. In XIX century.
Tyler on February 09, 2011:
Being a Mason of over five years, including having served as Worshipful Master of my lodge and being involved in the York Rite bodies, I'm inclined to share my opinions and experiences with Freemasonry.
My father has been a Mason for almost 40 years. Other Masonic family members include my dad's four brothers, my dad's brother-in-law, seven of my first cousins, and my three brothers. Growing up around all of these Masons, I always knew there was something special about the fraternity. I was saved by the grace of God when I was eight years old. My pastor at the time, the man who baptised me into membership in the family of Christ and the Baptist church, was also a Freemason. When I heard all of the negative slander promoted by the uninformed (as at the time I was), it rent my heart to think of all of these great men in my life living outside of the faith (Christianity) which they all so zealously promoted. I turned to my mother with my doubts and she reeled me back to reality. She asked if I had ever heard my father say, or seen him do, any of the things the Masons are so often accused of. I answered that I had not, and she said "I think you have your answer."
At the age of 19, too young to join the Craft in Georgia, I was made aware of a similar organization - The Independent Order of Odd Fellows. I joined the IOOF with my dad and we began our journey into Friendship, Love, and Truth together. As we progressed, I noticed many of the Odd Fellows were also Masons. Having first-hand knowledge of what the Odd Fellows believed, it helped me to solidify my decision to join Freemasonry.
I soon became the first Noble Grand of a new Odd Fellows lodge that I helped to form (at 20 years old) which met (and still currently meets) in a Masonic lodge. Later that same year (2005), I joined the Craft and have loved my experiences ever since. I served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, Independent Order of Odd Fellows (the youngest to ever hold that position, being installed on my 25th birthday), and Worshipful Master of Alpine Lodge #211, F&AM at the same time.
Coming from my perspective of having had my doubts about one of the grandest and noblest fraternities in existence, and then becoming a leader in it, I always recommend people to seek out the true meaning of Freemasonry by taking the proper steps in joining the fraternity and not follow most of the propaganda found on the internet. You will learn valuable lessons, and become a better man in the process.
BWS on January 23, 2011:
One of my good friends is a Mason, he is a good and honest man with a couple of children. He works two jobs and his wife run the family business during the day. I have often wondered about inquiring about becoming a Mason. I honestly know nothing about the organization, yet I have met a few of his brother members and all are very nice folk. Perhaps I will endeavor...
Tom on January 16, 2011:
I have been a Master Mason; a 32 degree Scotish Rite Mason; And a Shriner for over 32 years. Just investigate the who, and where the heart pacemaker was developed; as well as; the Shriners Hospitals for children who suffer from orthopedic, or burns. "Smile; They're Free". If you have any intelligence at all; this will dispell any and all of your suspicions regarding the Masons in our society.
rafael cruz on January 16, 2011:
First let me say thank you for your page it helps a lot of us out here that see all the things about that they say is bad and evil with Freemasons my father was a freemason and Catholic. He always put God first then us at home and was always helping others. I’m looking at becoming a Freemason soon it’s not a secret society. And yes I even have a Masonic Bible it’s just an ordinary Catholic Bible - King James Version. I guess I can tell you I had a cover on it with the first ten pages covered and ask a Priests to look at my Bible and tell me the Version he told me King James Version I took the cover off and the same Priests told me this was not the same Bible. I believe if freemason has a religion it’s to get good men back to the Bible and the Supreme Being and brotherly love.
Rev. William F Camp on January 07, 2011:
I am a master Mason But no longer belong to the Blue Lodge ( Rockton Lodge 316 0f Kent Ohio Becouse they now accep all religions as members even thos who do not believe in God )A nother lodge in Ohio that has made Mason of men who do not believe in God is in Bolwing Green Ohio. This is done with the ok of the Grand Lodge in Ohio. I have a letter from the Grand lodge stating that they no longer require that a man mus believe in God ,and they can worship any god.As I have stated I am still a Master in my heart but I will not meet with FOOLS who hve left the teachings of True Masonry.
Jhn on January 04, 2011:
I have heard/read many bad things about masonry, and recently I have read many good things. I know a few freemasons and they don't seem at all like what the "mason haters" say. But there are still some weird things I don't understand, and I am a person who simply wants to understand, not be biased. As of now, I'm a little confused about the Denver Airport. It definitely has something to do with masonry but the murals are a little weird and so is the horse outside and all the building going on. Can someone please clarify to those of us who are ignorant?
Bro.Robinson on January 03, 2011:
All I have to say about masonry is,I think before I speak,I don't drink like I use to.I try to do more good than bad,Look at all mankind as equals,I don't judge and I look at myself and say I feel like a better man 1st because of Jesus son of God and 2nd God for placing me in masonry
PHA09 on December 22, 2010:
LOL..all i can do is laugh at you people who make things up about things you don't understand or are not apart of. You shouldn't believe everything you read or hear dummies. I am a proud mason, Knight, and shrine for over 20 years and our tradition is well established. I love all my mason brothers even those who may go out and give the ORG a bad name by doing or saying something stupid. People became masons to uplift and give back. No matter how bad they talk about us or treat us that will never end. May please be with you all. Even the cowens and ease droppers.
Yaa on December 22, 2010:
This is a very helpful piece. Though I stillo have questions, it makes me feel better knowing that even if mostb of the leaders of the world today are free masons, they arent "devilish" or doing anything wrong
Mellissa on December 17, 2010:
What exactly is a free mason is it apart of a satanic worship?
jc on December 16, 2010:
actually until recently the catholic religion turned their back on the masons, and catholics werent allowed inside, I am a free mason. but I feel alot of the people on this post are not. And for those who are, remember the oath you took. Yes it is a christian based fraternity. But it seems everyone who is a member have forgotten the oath
Brother Walt on December 16, 2010:
Dan says "So what do you have to say about Jim Shaw's book? I'm a born-again Christian and interested in joining the freemasons, but have some reservations due to the fact that their ceremonies are so secretive and I don't want to join and then have to participate in something I'm morally/spiritually against."
Dan, please believe, that NOTHING will be requested of you that will go against what you believe, in your spiritual, or physical life. You are instructed that the Lodge is NOT to come before your God, your life, your family or your vocation. The Lodge is placed at the bottom of your "to-do" list in life if that is what you want! The rituals are symbolic in nature, and if you pay attention, you can learn a great deal from them.
I also an a Born again Christian, and a Deacon in my Baptist church. I recently joined with my son, we went through the degrees together. We are both now Master Masons. I am a retired member of the US military, and I hold close ties to my brothers-in-arms, but the Brotherhood of Freemasons to me is a bond that can not be compaired to. I urge you to consider to become a Mason. Its a decision I doubt you will regret!
God's speed my friend! Look well to the East and deep inside for the answer!
JesusLives on December 12, 2010:
I stumbled across this site trying to learn more about what Masons are and what they believe - it has been educational. I have some points that I would like to share in a civil manner.
As one with a Christian worldview (I am a LCMS Lutheran for those who like to see denominations:), I view those who do not share a Christian worldview as "prisoners". This includes both non-Christians and those who claim to be Christian but don't live their life or view the world in a Biblical manner (research finds that ~90% of self-proclaimed Christians fall into this "surface Christian" category - evidently some pastors are shockingly in this group as well).
Based on what I have read about Freemasons thus far, I have no idea how one who claims to be a Christian (i.e. believe the Bible and that Jesus is the only path to eternal life in heaven), can also be a Mason - unless they are a "surface Christian" who really doesn't believe the Bible as it is written. The 2 beliefs are completely opposite; only 1 path to heaven vs any religion with a God will do.
The Bible is historically accurate - and has not been proven otherwise. The advanced and dominant Roman empire surely would have documented in writings of that time period that Jesus's actions, miracles, and RISING FROM THE DEAD were not true - but no such documents of that time period exist. Does one dismiss the explosion in Christianity after Jesus's resurrection as mere coincidence? There must have been quite an unprecedented event, like a human being rising from the dead and being witnessed by many, to even top all the miracles that Jesus performed.
Additionally on a scientific note, what about the Bible's revelation that the earth was round? According to the sciences of the day, the world was believed to flat. Beyond divine guidance in the scribing of the Bible, how else was the round nature of the earth to be known?
There can only be 1 version of the Truth. Either I am right as a Christian, or I am wrong. We'll all find out when we die. There are many good and similar items that belief systems/religions share across the world, but that does not mean they are all right. There are tremendous differences between beliefs as well.
One unique thing about Christianity is that it is the only religion where the God (Jesus, as part of the triune God) comes TO all people. 100% of others beliefs and religions are based upon acts of self (many of which are good/noble/honest/etc) to reach heaven/enlightenment. Christians also believe in good works, but not as a MEANS to get to heaven - Jesus is the only path to heaven. We Christians perform good acts in RESPONSE to what Jesus has done for us - Jesus did all the work that was needed.
Other beliefs/religions/philosophies were also "invented" out of thin air by a person/persons. These philosophies were promoted to others and gained popularity, but their founders were human beings who lived and died and stayed dead. Jesus fulfilled documented prophesies from 100's of years before he was even born (and he also rose from the dead;).
I believe it takes more faith to NOT believe in Jesus than it does to believe in Jesus.
CatholicMason (author) on December 11, 2010:
May I suggest to you that you contact your local Masonic Lodge and ask to attend an introductory lecture, meet some of the local brethren and find out "first hand" for yourself. There is no pressure, or any obligation to join us.
God commanded us, all of us, to live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8)
Dan on December 07, 2010:
So what do you have to say about Jim Shaw's book? I'm a born-again Christian and interested in joining the freemasons, but have some reservations due to the fact that their ceremonies are so secretive and I don't want to join and then have to participate in something I'm morally/spiritually against
R on December 05, 2010:
Im not a mason, but maybe i would like...
I think that every human is born to be good... but the situations in this world make many to go diffrent way. People during life dont understand what is good and what is bad.
I have choosen good way to live inside me and everything is very easy to understand and go through the future.
oz on November 16, 2010:
masonic journey can be made by those who through ancient mysteries become enlighted.
All others shall wonder around in the darkness created by their own selfish desires and hypocrisy.
CatholicMason (author) on November 08, 2010:
Masons do not discriminate against any race. You will find Masonic halls in most every country on Earth; encompassing brethren from every race.
CW2 on November 05, 2010:
I love the fact that religous figures hate on Masons, even more so the Templars. How can a "God fearing man" bash someone who takes an oath to Christ to defend the Christian faith?
Rain on October 31, 2010:
If not religion, do Masons discriminate against race?
Mr T. on October 22, 2010:
A mason is a builder, and his building project is himself. By improving himself he hopes to improve a part of society.
I cannot see there is any thing wrong with that? Can you?
CatholicSpinozist on October 12, 2010:
From what I can gather the core belief of the Mason's is the words Jesus spoke in Luke 17:21 "The Kingdom of God is WITHIN you."
That's really all you need to know.
And now that you know that you can "Love YOUR neighbor as YOUR self, and also love the Lord YOUR God with all YOUR heart, with all YOUR mind, with all YOUR strength and all YOUR soul. "
Do you SEE what I mean ? Y-O-U-R
mylightshines on October 09, 2010:
I have been an eastern star for about 4 years now. It gets me that people believe the things they do about us but dont have a clue. My mason brothers are great men. They are loyal honest and good men who do more for this contry and their community thean you'll ever know. Quit being judgemental.
CatholicMason (author) on October 06, 2010:
Yes there are many Masons who follow Islam, as are there that follow Judaism, Hinduism and other mainstream and not-so mainstream religions.
Just contact your local Grand Lodge for more information in your area.
TechTrendy on October 05, 2010:
Proud Master Mason myself and my grandpa as well for more than 40+ years. You article was well written CatholicMason and the values you listed were spot on. People will always be blinded by their ignorance if they decide to never look any deeper.
Michele from Reno, Nevada on October 05, 2010:
Freemasons do not discrimminate when it comes to religion. It is the other way around. There is much mis-information out there on the Masonic Lodge.
Bodybuilder_zee on October 04, 2010:
Wow always confused about what Freemasons were but I was always intrigued by what they had to offer. It's 4:26 right now and I'm still up trying to learn more. I'm hoping to become a freemason soon. I have justvturned 18 but my passion to be a freemason has been ongoing since I was 16. Any advice from the brothers of the fraternity? I am most nervous because all I see is Christian and catholic masons. Are there any MUSLIM masons? Howdoes that work? Please enlighten me.
Peace be upon you.
Capt William Morgan on September 23, 2010:
Fellow peoples of this earth, for those who have read my works regarding "Mysteries of Freemasony" first published shortly after my death in 1827 ... you may recall that in the Ritual it clearly states:
"...an emblem of our Order, which you will war as a constant memorial, for youo to imitate the virtues of the immaculate Jesus, who died that you might live."
the document goes further to reveal details on the Ceremony, including:
"Q. To whom do modern Masons dedicate their Lodges?
A. To St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist
Q. Why so?
A. Because they were the two most ancient Christian patrons of Masonry."
I confess that at time of writing the document, I was most upset at being declined to join the Masons because I lied about being a captain in the war of 1814; and I appologise for being the instigator of the anti-Masonic movement. Please forgive me.
chip mm on September 22, 2010:
becomeing a mason changed my life for the better
there is nothing evil about it wen your a mason all masons or your friends even if you havent met yet its a great thing it will make you a better man
CatholicMason (author) on September 11, 2010:
YankeeRoo, I think they do in a way. They seem to be more tolerant of other religions now days, than they were 100 years ago. I think with their religious leaders telling the Christians to be more tollerant of Muslims (and vice versa) they now need someone else to attack... and the Freemasons make an easy target.
Perhaps they need to go back and read the Bible again:
Romans 2:3-5 (New International Version)
So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
YankeeRoo from Sydney AUSTRALIA on September 11, 2010:
Wouldn't it be nice if the religious people actually practiced the tolerance they preach? The Masons do.
BP on September 06, 2010:
Something of note...the fraternity donates on average $4million per DAY to charities of various causes, we are free to put our faith in whatever supreme being we wish, and we are encouraged to give back to our communities and families. Yeah, sounds to me like the masons are a bad group of people...ha ha.
People can hate, dislike, write nasty words, say we are evil, whatever you wish. Its your free will to do so.
But while the haters hate..i'll spend my time doing good things and making myself a better man.
Travel safe my brothers.
PROUD NJ Freemason
Michael B. on August 18, 2010:
In response to comments of many on this page (only). I've been a Freemason for almost 40 years. Here's the bottom line...I've never seen, attended, nor ever heard of any inhuman practices in any Masonic Temple. I'm a Catholic, and a Freemason, and I'm have two Honorable Discharges from the US Navy and Army Nat'l Guard. I served in time of war and peace. My grandfather and father were both Freemasons, and have similar credentials as I. As a young boy I noticed the quality of the men my dad associated with. Good, honest, kind, charitable, peaceful etc. Guess what, they were all Freemasons. To Adelecia, do some homework and educate yourself. To CatholicMason, well said, my Brother. To audreat09, I will pray for you. May God bless us, one and all, and grant us peace.
PennswoodMason on August 01, 2010:
To Adelecia and other Christian types who are suspicious of masons, consider that aside from accepting God fearing candidates there is a place for Christians in masonry. It is called The Knights Templar Commandery (named after the famous crusaders) and sports the crown and cross as its symbol. You cannot become a Templar without an oath to Christ. I suppose many church goers in the US do not know about the Templars except possibly to confuse them with the Knights of Columbus, even though they march in parades and do Easter Sunday Sun Rise ceremonies in Arlington Cemetery.
frank14 on July 29, 2010:
to understand masonary is to understand the truth.alot of people are afraid to question why we do what we do.in the bible, God said "come,let us reason together". in other words, look deeper,strive harder,live better... so mote
eddie on July 26, 2010:
there are college fraternities/orginizations/clubs/ etc why pick on the free masons
esther on July 26, 2010:
wow dint realise masons are actually good people always used to hate on em but now i have changed my mind they are awsoome makes me think twice
CatholicMason (author) on July 24, 2010:
PONK55: Have a look at http://masonicinfo.com/
PONK55 on July 24, 2010:
can someone really give a nice detail of whatr this masonic life is all about?
KTR on July 21, 2010:
adelecia "The very process of joining the Lodge requires Christians to ignore the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior"
Nothing in all my masonic learning teaches a path of salvation, even by works. Please don't mistake tolerance for religious acceptance.
I am Lutheran and my religious views on salvation are that I can do nothing to purchase or earn it. Salvation was purchased for me through Jesus's love, death, and resurrection.
While I hold that Christian belief on salvation, nothing in my Christian faith teaches me intolerance (to not love my neighbor as myself). Much of what I learn as a mason teaches in one way or another, to love thy neighbor as thyself. For me, this has a special spiritual meaning. For it is one of the things which Jesus taught.
who on July 20, 2010:
i agrree with Calholicmason that you should not push your religios views upon others and i do not think that freemason´s are like a church or something but rather all belevie that God is good as we should be.
CatholicMason (author) on July 19, 2010:
You are correct, there is no Masonic God.
Remember: Freemasonry is not a religion. However it does use Bliblical stories (from the Christian Bible) as a method towards the delivery of moral instruction.
If the teachings of morality, using the Christian Bible, are wrong... then it goes to say that Christianity is wrong. Well I believe that Christianity is right, but (like the Freemasons) I don't go an push my religious views upon those who are not of my religion.
And yes, I follow the Catholic faith.
adelecia on July 19, 2010:
Thank you for writing me back catholicmason. Do you consider yourself both a catholic and a mason? (Just curious about the name but you don't have to tell me if you don't want to :)... Well i am a Christian and as a Christian the bible teaches that there is only one god. The worship of other gods would be considered idolatry.In a mason view all members must believe in a god. To them different religions is the same god with different names.There is no distinct god figure.Am i right?
CatholicMason (author) on July 19, 2010:
I know not where you get your information, but it is dead wrong. Freemasonry promises ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about your salvation, that is between the individual and his religion of choice.
The hangup many religions have with Freemasonry is that Freemasonry does NOT push their religious perspective unto all of its members; rather Freemasonry tollerates and accepts people from all faiths.
May I suggest this hub for you? https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Masonic-P
Thanks for posting
adelelcia on July 19, 2010:
Mason’s View: The very process of joining the Lodge requires Christians to ignore the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. According to Freemasonry, a person will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement.
ThirtyThird on July 11, 2010:
There is a lot of knowledge most Masons are not aware of. For which I will not speak of. For the EA,FC,and MM your everlasting search for light will be revealed.
To the public, a Mason is a man who is of high standards. He chose to be a Mason to be a better man. Not better than any other man but better in himself. The more Masons the better the world will be.
Shriners Representative on July 01, 2010:
good example jp
jp on June 25, 2010:
The whole bible is one big secret allegorical initiation process the bible mentions master builders, joseph and Jesus were carpenters (builders) the stone tha the builders refused being the corner stone, if u understood masonry u would know its all the same the catholic churches council of nicea hid that from u. what u know about jesus is just a story in the bible representing and hiding a deeper truth,not history.
a traveling man on June 17, 2010:
@audreat09: Stay in school, pay attention and just might learn something.
Johnny grimes on June 10, 2010:
You are a moron audreat09
audreat09 on June 09, 2010:
i don't know what's going on. I have read and watched things they say the masons do. i live in the middle of a mason neighborhood I think; and there is definetly strange behavorial. but at the same time it seems peaceful. I think they defenitely have clot and their hand is in everything. and the god they are praying to is different from the good god. I'm not judging but what's with all the secret. Jesus didn't have secrets, all his work was done in light. Masons are behind building and you gotta take an oath. They are playing god. So what's really good Masons!!!!
Eph 5:12 on May 29, 2010:
What I don't understand is what the problem so many of the Bible bashers have with the Freemasons. I've know many Masons including:
* Anglican Ministers
* Episcopal Reverends
* Catholic Priests
* Baptist Pastors
* Lutheran Ministers
So what kind of buggered up Christians are so anti-Masonic? They always claim to be Christian, but never reveal their denomination. Would it be because they don't want people to realize that they are Blasphemizing in the name of God??
Iain Rhind on May 22, 2010:
Ah, Ron Jackson, you have obviously not attained one of the higher degrees where such happenings really do occur :p
I know many 33rd degree Masons, and they are sterling characters; but what do I know of what actually happens at their meetings?
BTW, I'm a Freemason and am just taking the p*ss out of the anti-masonic groups.
ron jackson on May 13, 2010:
after reading so many anti mason articles,it is refreshing to finally read the truth. i am a mason,and have been tempted to give up the fraternity because of all the crap i read about it. my dad was a mason, as well as my grandfather and i have never witnessed any blood letting,and foolishness of any kind.thanks very much
John Arguelles on May 08, 2010:
This is a great article. Finding out I have relatives who were Masons when they were alive and now wanting to follow in their steps. Gives me hope knowing Masons are awesome and really great people.